Last in a three-part series —
Social networking, Fogo Island style, won’t revolve around computers, Facebook or Twitter.
No, if things happen as planned, networking on the isle of fire will see visiting artists and locals meeting up, sharing experiences and inspiring each other.
“Our main task will be to facilitate this kind of meeting with the local people,” says Elisabet Gunnarsdottir, director of the Fogo Island Arts Corp.
It’s running a burgeoning artists residency program with the support of the Shorefast Foundation, an organization working to foster cultural resilience on the island through a five-star inn and arts programs.
Artists accepted for the residency program will come to Fogo Island for three months.
They will create in a contemporary studio designed by Gander’s Todd Saunders and live in a traditional house that’s been purchased and restored. (For more on those homes, see story on page A4)
The desired result would see the artists and residents encounter each other, share stories, sorrows and joys, and gain knowledge and inspiration.
Gunnarsdottir, an Icelander who worked with a residency…