Silvia Karolina Acuna Aviles
Silvia Karolina Acuna Aviles is a social archaeologist, art historian and specialist in cultural heritage and sustainable tourism in Nicaragua. During the last twenty years she has been working in different artistic and cultural projects. She started working as a coordinator for the project Art direction of Las casas de cultura (Community centrums). This experience aroused her interest and commitment to work with communities for more than ten years. She wrote numerous articles in Spanish about the experience of the Museum of Solentiname, where community participation was central at the different stages of the development. The archipelago’s gifted painters, crafts artisans and carpenters all contributed to the final product. They painted murals and pictures and carved the numerous animal specimens that animate the museum’s ecological exhibits. Since 2007 she has worked as a program coordinator for sustainable tourism and cultural heritage at the TECUILCAN Association.
Silvia Aviles was a guest speaker for the panel discussion Cultural Heritage and Knowledge on 7 November 2010 at Framer Framed, in collaboration with Arts Collaboratory and Reinwardt Academy. She now works as an independent consultant and researcher whilst pursuing her doctorate at the University of Zaragoza, Spain.