As of 2019, La Puenta is renewing focus and calling on partners: to build a network of support for an association of indigenous Aymaran Quaker artisans in the remote highlands of Peru. Please email inquiries to meymdhATgmailDOTcom.
Most of these artisans are women. This association formalized through visitations with Mey among the Trimestral Meeting of Highland Friends (Yearly Meeting of INELA Peru) in 2016 and 2017. Also, La Puenta still is on Facebook.
La Puenta was a ministry of Mey Hasbrook under the care of Kalamazoo Friends Meeting from 2015 to 2018. Its projects aimed to support women’s lives and creative goals with attention to sustainability.
Partners included advocacy agencies — the Puno office of Movimiento Manuela Ramos (Peru/ 2017) and the YWCA of Kalamazoo (Michigan, USA/ 2016). Exhibitions took place at ICPNA Cusco (2016-17); Casa de Cultura de Puno (2017); The Robin Theater (Lansing, MI / 2016); the Epic Center with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo (MI/ 2017); and nonprofit FIRE (Kalamazoo, MI/ 2016).
Grants for projects included the Quaker Lyman Fund (for spiritual leadings/ 2015-16), the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (ACGK minigrant for nonprofits/ 2016), and the Puffin Foundation Ltd. (an artist fund/ 2017). Travel by Mey Hasbrook was supported in part through the Susan Bax Memorial Fund (Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas/ 2016-17) and the Follow Your Feet Fund (Kalamazoo Friends Meeting/ 2016-17).
“By the Hands of Women|Por la mano de mujeres” was the last traveling exhibition between Peru and Michigan, in 2017 and 2018.
Updated March 30, 2019.