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“The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz” Film

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Fri., Mar. 30, 2012 | 7 pm
$5. Free for Burke Members.

Join the Burke for a special showing of the film “The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz” with film maker Scott Petersen. “The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz” is the inspirational story of how an intrepid American adventurer and a brilliant self-taught Mexican artist transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class ceramics.  When anthropologist Spencer MacCallum walked into a second-hand store in Deming, New Mexico, in 1976 and bought three pieces of pottery, he had no idea that he was about to embark on a journey that would lead to the revival of an ancient art form and change thousands of lives.

This is the story of an artist who overcame extraordinary poverty to become recognized worldwide for his incredible creativity and ingenuity.  Not only did MacCallum help Quezada create great art, but Mata Ortiz, with a population of 2500, now has 400 working potters. The economic development that has occurred in the village has allowed parents to climb out of poverty and send their children to school instead of work.  Film maker Scott Petersen will be on-hand to answer questions.