Ondalinda was founded with the mission of celebrating the vibrant and modern indigenous cultures from around the world through music, art, culinary delights, spiritual ceremonies and sustainability. Our non-profit arm, The Ondalinda Foundation (under the Umbrella of the Many Hats Institute, a registered 501C-3 nonprofit organization), assists indigenous communities throughout Mexico in preserving their cultural heritage and cultivating a new generation of interdisciplinary artists. A portion of the proceeds from sales generated through the art exhibitions at the annual Ondalinda x Careyes events go towards supporting indigenous communities from throughout Mexico including the Huichol and Purépecha peoples. The funds generated have enabled these communities to invest in basic infrastructure and resources, educating and raising awareness for their causes, and achieving sustainability on a long-term basis.
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ONDALINDA X CAREYES | 2017
In 2017, at our second edition of Ondalinda x Careyes, The Ondalinda Foundation presented, "Las Rutas de Nana Echeri" (The Roads of Mother Earth). This exclusive Purépecha art collection, gathered multi-disciplinary master pieces by several artists from the indigenous communities of Michoacán. Most of the art pieces collected reflected the essence of the traditional Purépecha culture as well as the evolving contemporary art inspired by the aspect of a new generation of indigenous artists. Using techniques of hyperrealism mixed with abstract concepts, their art reflects mainly the preservation of their indigenous roots and culture. For the first time, Ondalinda had the privilege to display an exclusive collection of art work from this new generation of artists merged with classic master pieces.
Through our 2017 edition, the Purépecha community received over 200,000 pesos through the sales of their artwork. These funds have allowed them to invest directly in the development of their communities, including educational programs, culture & art workshop for children, as well as a massive reforestation of their environment which has been illegally drilled throughout the years.
ONDALINDA X CAREYES | 2016
In 2016, at our inaugural edition, we showcased “NAVEGANTES DEL SUEÑO,” an exclusive collection of Wixarika (Huichol) art that gathered unprecedentedworks, reflecting the cosmovision of this mystic community. For the first time, authentic Huichol masterpieces were exhibited at Ondalinda, including works by some of the most esteemed Huichol artists. Thanks to your generous support, we sold over 85% of the exhibited works, resulting in over 300,000 pesos in sales. The money raised had a direct and highly effective impact on their communities. The Ondalinda Foundation was also able to target social and cultural impact as the Huichols had an opportunity to share and promote their culture and traditions on a worldwide level throughout the event.
At our Inaugural edition, Ondalinda was honored to support the mission and efforts of the Conservación Humana AC. For over 20 years, they have been working together with the Huichol in the mapping, analysis and description of the Huichol Route to Huiricuta in order to ensure its greatest recognition and legal protection. This Mexican, independent and non-profit organization, works to implement a variety of initiatives ensuring the fundamental human rights of the Huichol people, including their right to natural resources management, sustainable development, environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation.
The Ondalinda team in Takei Kei visiting the Huichol community that was supported through our Ondalinda x Careyes 2016 edition.
?! CAREYES FOUNDATION
The ?! Careyes Foundation catalyzes innovative programs in education, sports, ecology, and the arts to improve the wellbeing of local communities.
English Lessons Program, delivering weekly classes to 1,200 children in eleven local elementary schools
Sports & Recreation Programs, organizing weekend bicycle rides and providing weekly bike polo lessons
Art Programs, exposing children to arts education through workshops with internationally-renown artists
Cinema & Community Program, presenting fun and educational screenings for children in our movie theater
Ecology Programs, protecting 2,000 sea turtle nests each year and providing hands-on ecology education for children