Anna Branham is a University of New Mexico student attending Casa Xalteva as part of a Spring 2009 study abroad program. As part of the program she had to fulfill and internship requirement. Anna investigated the evolution of Nicaraguan art.
As an art undergraduate at the University of New Mexico I decided to supplement my time in Nicaragua investigating the evolution of the art from this country by interviewing Nicaragua artists and people involved in organizing and supporting the arts in Nicaragua such as the managers of galleries and cultural centers. I have also been looking around every corner for inspiration for a mural which I am arranging to paint with a community leader from the states, Donna Tabor, as well as for a more modern piece I will complete once returning to the states. Even though it can be difficult and at times frustrating to recognize a cohesive modern art movement in an impoverished country that realities so heavily on the manufactured art made for tourist as income, I feel like I have gained valuable information, met some incredibly interesting people, and learned a lot about myself and the value of not letting uncomfortable circumstances get in the way of what I set out to achieve. Nicaragua might not be an internationalcenter for the arts, but it definitely houses many creative geniuses and world treasures.