Though future construction dates are not set in stone—“We will grow organically, like the jungle, like the plants,” Roth said—gradually, Azulik Uh May will grow to include an array of distinct workshops for various creative pursuits, such as ceramics, wood- and stone-carving, 3D-printing, fashion and jewelry design, and carpet-weaving.
The Mayan people will also be able to apply to work as assistants to the artists, Roth said, and will be given the tools to pursue their own artistic practices. He hopes for the school to eventually become a model that can be replicated in other communities. “It will always be those who build the school, those who will start training as assistants for the artists, who will eventually become the artists,” he said. “It is a harmonic circle in which everyone participates.”
The complex will also include health and wellness programs, which, Roth hopes, will help more people become involved in the art school, and more in touch with the healing power of art
“In the gallery, the floors are all curved and the walls are detached and floating. As a result, the visitors lose their usual frame of reference, which might have otherwise prevented them from being in touch with the art and the sacred,” Roth mused. “Eventually, art is not about making the connection outside of ourselves, but inside.”