Saturday, October 18, 2014

Children's Art Exhibit

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”   

~ Albert Einstein
HB artists!

For over a year now, Jayne Halle has been working with the children of Hekab Be Biblioteca as the art teacher. Jayne is a full-time resident of Puerto Aventuras and is an avid photographer, visual artist, and nurse practitioner --- the term “art teacher” does not do justice to what she provides and does for the children in our program.
Jayne Halle, art teacher extraordinaire!
Studies have shown the vital importance of art and creative expression for children and teenagers. Children who participate actively in non-school-based art programs are four times more likely to win an academic award, eight times more likely to receive a community service award, three times more likely to win a school attendance award, four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The developmental benefits of art education include increases in language skills, motor development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance.

When Jayne first started working with the children in the Hekab Be afterschool program, she reminded them constantly that each project they worked on was THEIR work and could be completed in the way THEY felt comfortable. From this humble beginning of reiterating that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way when we are referring to art and creative expression, Jayne has fashioned a community of children who are extraordinarily creative, engaged, and proud of their works of art.
A group project that Jayne made into a collage

 To celebrate this phenomenal transformation, we partnered with the Akumal International Artist Residency to produce an Art Exposition in the empty gallery space in the Plaza Ukana of Akumal. This was our second event of this type; the first was held in the community space of the CEA dorms during the Artist Residency last February.
 Our “Art Walk” on Tuesday, October 7th was extremely well-attended, and we even had offers from visitors to buy the children’s works of art! For our children to be involved in such an experience is gratifying for all of us --- it recognizes the potential they have to do something that is personal and creative and all their own, and encourages them to be proud of what they can accomplish when they do their best.

Please enjoy these photos of our Superstar Artists and community members of Hekab Be Biblioteca and the amazing place that is Akumal!
This girl experiences the thrill of seeing her art on display!

Parents & community members alike enjoyed viewing the works by these young artistes!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

And The Winners to this Year's Raffle Are....

And the winners are........

Wood necklace from Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve - 231508 – Pam Webster
Wood necklace from Punta Laguna Monkey Reserve -231323 – Mona Duschek
Bracelet & T-shirt (M) - 231303 – Marieke
Affirmation Bracelet & Tank (S) - 231376 – Richard Watkins
Bracelet & Tank (S) - 231429 – Dawn Ann Lawson
Bracelet - 231433 – Anne Gayle Gabbert
Earrings & Bracelet - 231397 – Michelle Willford
Earrings & Bracelet - 231381 – Bernie Bruner
Earrings & Bracelet - 231386 – Itano
Earrings - 231477 – Stephanie Lavarz
Earrings - 231321 – Anne Gayley Gabbert
Earrings - 231349 – Laurie Wegner
Under the Waters of Mexico - 231439 – Rebecca Jones
Under the Waters of Mexico - 231404 – Justin Levy
Mexican Vase - 231445 – Jennifer Hollems
Lion Fish Print - 231346 – Connie Browning
Yoga by the Sea (Playa) - 231475 – Cindy Ellis
Yoga by the Sea (Playa) - 231440 – Rebecca Jones
Yoga en Akumal - 231326 – Bonnie Barr
Yoga en Akumal - 231414 – Laura Fennell
Lord of the Ruins Print - 231446 – Jennifer Hollems
Painted Loco Gringo Beach Bag - 231374 – Richard Watkins
8x8 Wood Art - 231302 – Denise Crumine
Photo Session w/ Jayne Halle - 231259 – David Daum
Spa Package from Buddha Spa ($100) - 231333 – Marjorie Gayley
$100 USD at Lol Ha - 231343 – Connie Browning
$1,000 Peso at La Buena Vida - 231473 – Terry Raumschuh
3 Night Stay at Hotel Akumal Caribe – Bungalows - 231463 – Mark Hausmann
5 Night stay in 2 br. Condo at Vista Del Mar - 231417 – Pamela Wheaton

Congratulations to our winner and thank you to all of you that bought tickets and to those of you that donated prizes!!  We cannot do it without each and every one of you!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Library Fall Raffle 2014!

The Akumal Library is pleased to announce the launch of our 2014 Annual Fall Raffle Fundraiser! The raffle will run from September 15 – September 30, 2014.

Raffle tickets can be purchased on this blog page at $20.00 per ticket. 

Instructions for buying a ticket:
1. Click on the donate button on the right side of this page. This will take you to the HB Paypal page.
2. Enter the amount you wish to donate:
1 ticket = $20; 2 tickets =$40; and so on.
3. Enter your payment & billing information (you may pay using a credit card or Paypal account). Submit payment.
4. Once you have purchased your ticket we will send an email with your ticket number.  Please keep track of your numbers.
Donations to enter the raffle are valid until 5 p.m. PST, September 30, 2014. We will draw the winning tickets and post the results here after 6 p.m. PST on 9/30/14.

Day 5 - Grand Prizes!!

5 night stay in a 2 bedroom condominium
Valid for One Year from date of issue
(Restrictions Apply)

3 night stay at
Valid through November 2015

Spa Package from
Turtle Package ($100)

Scroll down to see more prizes!

Here's a little information about what we've been up to recently, about what your generous donations help us achieve at Hekab Be:

Just one month ago we wrapped up our most successful summer program in several years. With over 70 children registered, “EXPRESS YOURSELF!” was a huge hit! The children enjoyed activities in photography, art and music history, creative movement, cooking, soccer, yoga, theater, literacy development, and much more! We were extremely fortunate to have several special guest teachers from the United States as well as local speakers and visitors.

Please help us to continue this momentum and enthusiasm with our children and families in Akumal as we start off the 2014-15 school year. We are recreating our partnership with the Francisco Sarabia Primary School in the pueblo of Akumal, and will be collaborating on reading, theater, and nutrition projects. Other exciting partnerships in the works are penpal activities with students in other countries, an art show with the artists of the Akumal International Artist Residency in October, and improvements to our classrooms and outdoor areas. We will continue the cooking and photography classes as the children enjoyed them immensely, and the lovely ladies from CEA visit us each Friday with a fun activity to share!

Hekab Be’s annual operating budget is less than $20,000. This pays the salaries of our staff, our monthly bills, and supplies. We receive no financial assistance from any government for our programming, and we provide all of our activities and services to the children and families of Akumal at no cost to them.

We are reducing our fundraisers to 3 times a year, so we can put more effort into reaching a few sizable and predictable goals throughout the year.

Our goal for this fundraiser is $6,000 US to pay staff and to help cover our on-going operating expenses.

We wish each and every one of you the best of luck, and thank you so much for helping us yet again to keep the doors of the Hekab Be open.

Day 4 Prizes! 

$100 USD Certificate to 
Lol Ha Restaurant  

$1,000 Peso Certificate to
La Buena Vida Restaurant 

One Complimentary Photo Session in Akumal
with Jayne Halle

Affirmation Jewelry by Rebecca Bailey 

Day 3 Prizes!

2 - One Week Unlimited Yoga Classes at

Painting on Wood by Anne Austin Pearce

Loco Gringo Beach Tote by Gary Bemis

Lord of the Ruins - Richard Mazzola

Day 2  Prizes!

2 one week Yoga passes at

Lion Fish Print - By Sherri Banuelos

Mexican Vase - Donated by Ed & Sandy Knight

Mayan Mask (Clay) - Made by the children of Hekab Be 

Day 1 Prizes!
T-shirts and tanks - By Naomi Gittoes

And some lovely necklaces made by the ladies at the monkey reserve in Punta Laguna!

Thank you for your support, 
we couldn't do it without you!