Presentation at the University of Texas El Paso to the Methods of Teaching Art Class

Professor David McIntyre

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Recently, Marika at the request of the University of Texas El Paso Art Department made a presentation to Professor Dave McIntyre’s class “Methods of Teaching Art”.

Marika urged the future teachers of Texas children: 

“Along your path

            • As an artist: share ideas 
            • As a teacher: encourage each creative spirit
            • As a creative person: continue to learn and appreciate life’s lessons.”



              Dr. Richard Padilla

Creativity & Sustainability at Siempre Sustainable Network

Siempre Sustainable Network donates funds to Doctors Without Borders for Haiti

Excerpts from Marika’s presentation on creativity and sustainability to the Siempre Sustainable Network on March 14, 2011.


Good Evening y’all, and welcome to the delightful world of:

Creativity and Sustainability

Those who dream while awake are conscious of a thousand things that escape those who dream only when they are asleep.

Paul Martin dreams while awake.  A few months ago,  I had the privilege to be an attendee at a presentation by Paul Martin about sustainability.  Here he was with a cornucopia of local vegetables, fruits and herbs demonstrating the importance of sustainability.  For a moment, it brought me back to the Saturday morning farmer’s market of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Some surely remember the same fond memories of Central Park.

Paul’s message ignited  my thinking.   I was dreaming while awake about the duality of creativity and sustainability.  What a marriage!  Have you ever thought of the connection between the two?  Let’s talk about it.


In conclusion, lets look at some sustainable projects in our community that have cultural meaning, are socially responsible and generate real success.

Central Park

The Texas Theater, and

Walnut Springs


Isn’t it amazing to realize how these three restoration  projects ties us closer as a community?  They offer a central location for entertainment, the arts and recreation.

Ladies and Gentlemen please Join me in dreaming while awake of Seguin as an arts destination.  For you see,the harmony of all arts is a beautiful symbol of a strong nation.


Creativity and Sustainability- Presentation to FCS Texas AgriLife


The Guadalupe County Office of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System invited Marika to make a presentation to their members. AgriLife Extension offers practical information for families: raising children, housing and environment, eating well, managing money, and staying healthy.

The topic was “Creativity and Sustainability.”  Here is an excerpt:

So many times, in so many ways, we hear that sustainability and creativity are mutually exclusive.  This perception is wrong and this is why.

By designing and building attractive objects, we will slow down the cycle of obsolescence because people will appreciate their beauty and want to protect them.

By preserving and beautifying our parks and gardens, we will create a healthier environment  for our families and future generations.  Physically and psychologically we will create better communities.

By participating in our local green endeavors we are reducing  the impact of wasting our natural resources.  And this is a cultural turning point.

To listen to the “Creativity and Sustainability” presentation visit the link on the right hand column under Blogroll, Marika’s Website and visit the podcast page.  The podcast may take a few moments to load.