On Saturday the 21st of May, the International Day of Biodiversity, the Santacana Studio joined the community celebration organized by Acualina project, which is run with great devotion by marine biologist Angela Corvea.
The residents of Flores and Nautico neighborhoods, and other distinguished participants like Theodor Friedich, representative of FAO in Cuba; Osmel Francis, director of the musical group Cubans in the Net; Frank Delgado, folk singer and author of the remembered song “Quibú River”, and Gabriela Román, as a representative of the art movement The Third Paradise, gathered at the mouth of the mentioned river, very near the Studio, in order to contribute from the local space to the safeguard of the biodiversity.
Among other activities, the children and young people of the community offered declamations, songs and a fashion show with recycled materials. An important moment of the day was the planting in the coast of several mangrove plants near an already legendary specimen that was rescued from the havoc of a hurricane by the neighbor José Fresneda.
A passionate defender of this stripe of coast that saw him grow up, Fresneda encouraged its public to keep it clean and healthy for the benefit of their children.
The meeting also included a homage to the workers of the Siboney-Atabey-Flores Communal services, for the cleaning works they have undertaken in the surroundings of the Quibú river’s mouth, a very contaminated zone.
Beatriz Sala Santacana collaborated as jury in the drawing and poetry contest where children of local schools competed: Eliseo Reyes and Las Clavellinas primary schools, and the Villena secondary school.
It was a difficult choice but finally, out of 40 works presented, five drawings and two poems won awards, and they were all exhibited in a great mural prepared in the Study.
To end the day, the participants got invited to a guided tour in the Santacana Studio. The artist herself presented her work, explained the creation process, and showed how it is possible to recycle waste matter in a creative way using scrap metal, used bottles, and other scrap materials in her sculptures and ceramics.
Acualina is an ecological, necessary and non-profit project that essentially aims to motivate environmentalist values and behavior.