Finish Up May at idiomART

We’re halfway through May already and we have a number of fun activities at idiomART!

idiomART is a creative center in Cuenca dedicated to creating community through the arts and cultural exchanges. But we’re more than that…we’re a place to meet new people and connect with old friends. We are a place that inspires creativity and it just feels good to be there.

We hope you can join us in our activities or even just drop in to have a cup of coffee and say hello!

We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 – 5 PM

And now for our May line-up…

– Writers Read!
Join the Cuenca Writers Collective for our monthly authors reading. This event is held every 3rd Thursday of the month.

May 18
5 – 7 PM
$5 suggested donation to help cover costs
*no reservation needed

– Cultural Road Trip: Community Minga – Reforestation in Andean Highlands
Join Abya Viva for an incredible cultural road trip to Oña where you will participate in a minga (collective work) with local community members to help reforest part of a private nature preserve with native plants and trees.

You will also enjoy a deliciously prepared meal with ingredients from the community members’ gardens and farms. You will have a number of chances to speak with and get to know the people of the community and learn from them about the age-old practice of the minga, get a tour of their community center, and talk about the work they have been doing to conserve and reforest their land.

Sunday, May 21
7:30 AM – evening
$60 *

Reservations at:
*everything is included (transportation, meals, guides, tools and plants for reforestation etc.)
– It will be in Spanish but with the option of translation if needed.

– “Love Letters” a TNT Production
“Love Letters” is a simple, two-character play with a man and a woman reading their letters written across the decades starting from when they were children all the way to later in life. This frequently revived play is funny, engaging, and ultimately moving, and has been an audience favorite since its debut in 1988.

May 25 at 4 PM
May 26 at 7 PM
May 27 at 7 PM
Reservations at:
*Doors open an hour before showtime. The bar will be open!

– Patio Sessions Concert: Trio NoAn
We’ve all grown to love the world-class Cuban band, Trio NoAn. Anayvis always wows us with her incredible vocals and showmanship. Noel delights us with his energy, his vocals, and outstanding guitar playing. Yunior keeps us going with his spectacular percussion and always contagious smile and happiness!

For this month’s Patio Sessions Concert at idiomART, the band is going to debut virtually a new show with many exciting new songs! We can’t wait!

Sunday, May 28
Doors open at 2 PM
Music starts at 3 PM
Reservations at:

– Storytelling Warm-Up and Open Mic
Have you been interested in participating in the Storytelling Open Mic but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready? Do you love telling stories but tend to wander? Do you have ideas for stories but aren’t quite sure if they’re ready? Then this is the perfect space for you!

We are offering a free warm-up session one hour before the open mic where you can:
– Ask Questions
– Get Feedback
– Feel It Out

The Open Mic is run much like a musical open mic. Storytellers and listeners experience a fun evening together. Those who don’t want to tell a story can come and listen. Those who want to tell a story write their name on the list and we call them up in order. It’s as easy as that! Like we always say, storytelling doesn’t work without story listeners. It’s a very low-pressure atmosphere and the goal is to have fun and nurture the timeless art of storytelling.

May 31
– Warm-Up ~ 5 – 6 PM (free)
– Open Mic ~ 6 – 8 PM ($5)
*no reservations are needed for either one
(this event is held the last Wednesday of every month)

And just for fun…save the date!

June 8 we are celebrating our one-year anniversary in our new house with a fun party! Live music, dancing, open house, and various other activities. This will kick off a series of cultural and artistic events to showcase the artist and initiatives in idiomART as well as the diverse array of activities we are known for providing. Details soon…

If you made it this far, then thank you so much for reading this long message! Lately, life is but a series of sound bites but sometimes it can be hard to fit it all in just a couple of lines…I did my best to be concise though! Hahaha!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and see you soon!

Sarah HB

idiomART is located at: Mariscal Lamar 14-25 y Estevez de Toral; Cuenca, Ecuador

Sarah HB