SIFE: Nicaragua is a sustainable development group at Carnegie Mellon. Our focus lies in creating partnerships with communities in Pittsburgh and Nicaragua to create long-term solutions.
May 17th
9:59 AM

Dream Cream Ice Cream Partnership

SIFE: Nicaragua is proud to announce that they will be a featured Dreamer in the Dream Cream Ice Cream Shop! The shop is a product of Project Pop-Up: Downtown, a city of Pittsburgh initiative. It is a community-sourced fundraiser for a variety of Dreamers, from aspiring entrepreneurs and community organizations to people seeking a down payment on a first home. It is scheduled to open on Tuesday, May 22. Come visit the shop on 539 Liberty Avenue and get a scoop of cookie dough: SIFE: Nicaragua gets 25% of the profits if you select this flavor.

Visit their website here

April 29th
11:57 AM

Empowered.org Fundraiser

Want to support SIFE: Nicaragua? Donate to our fundraising page here! Our goal is to raise $1500 by May 22nd. Every contribution, big and small, helps support our service projects in Nicaragua and Pittsburgh.

March 27th
8:22 PM

Feature in La Jornada Latina

                           

Our Assemble exhibition is in the newest Pittsburgh edition of La Jornada Latina. Marlen Amaro, Alex Dheming, and Therese Tardio were interviewed about the history of our group and our recent work in Nicaragua and in Pittsburgh. We are excited about this continued interest from the Pittsburgh community and we hope to continue this dialogue and collaboration.

Spanish language article here (third article down the page)

Continue reading for the English translation

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March 24th
10:26 AM

New Gigapan Partnership

SIFE: Nicaragua is excited to announce that we are bringing a Gigapan robotic camera to Rosa Grande! Gigapan is a product from Carnegie Mellon University’s Create Lab, and we are so grateful for this opportunity and their generosity. We will utilize this technology as a learning tool in our art and education workshops. In the fall, we will then share these images with children in Pittsburgh and conduct more workshops, facilitating transnational dialogue. Learn more about Gigapan at: http://www.gigapan.org

February 4th
12:38 PM

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening of ¡CREAR Y COMUNICAR! last night! We hope you enjoyed the show, and the live music by Bright Black Bright
 

Don’t forget about our upcoming workshops, which will be free and open to all children within the greater Pittsburgh community. They will take place during Saturday afternoons in February (on the 4th, the 11th, and the 18th) from 12pm to 3pm, with the final workshop on Thursday, February 23rd from 5pm to 8pm.

January 15th
9:14 PM

¡Crear y Comunicar! is looking for supplies!

Donated supplies will be used in workshops that will be held both in Pittsburgh and with our partner community in Rosa Grande, Nicaragua. Our organization is non-profit and all donations or gifts are tax deductible.

Below are some of the items we are currently requesting from supporters:

• Ribbon

• Hole-puncher

• Pencils

• Crayons

• Markers

• Acrylic or tempera paint

• Paint brushes

• Colored pencils

• Construction paper

• Scissors

• Mini and regular paper lunchbags

• Googly eyes

• Buttons

• Large sheet of Canvas/Fabric

• String

• Pom poms

• Butcher sheet paper roll 

• Printing paper

• Clothespins

• Pipe cleaners

• Plastic cups

• Glue or glue sticks

• Tablecloths 

• Duct Tape

• Scotch Tape

• Rulers

January 3rd
11:25 AM

¡Crear y Comunicar! Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
E-mail: msaums@andrew.cmu.edu 


¡CREAR Y COMUNICAR! ART WORKSHOPS AT ASSEMBLE GALLERY IN GARFIELD

 
“¡Crear y Comunicar!” is a series of art workshops run by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE): Nicaragua at Assemble Art Space. The workshops will be free and open to all children within the greater Pittsburgh community, and they will take place during Saturday afternoons in February (on the 4th, the 11th, and the 18th) from 12pm to 3pm, with the final workshop on Thursday, February 23rd from 5pm to 8pm.
 
SIFE: Nicaragua will also be hosting a gallery opening at Assemble on Friday, February 3rd beginning at 6pm to display the work made last year by workshop participants from both Pittsburgh and Nicaragua. The work of last year’s participants will be on view at Assemble until February 24th.
 
SIFE: Nicaragua is a student group at Carnegie Mellon that travels annually to Nicaragua. Through the non-profit organization Bridges to Community, the students are currently in a partnership with the rural community of Rosa Grande, Nicaragua. Since sustainability is one of our main goals, multi-year partnerships are paramount to our work in our education and environmentally focused initiatives in addition to our art initiative.
 
Because of SIFE: Nicaragua’s strong ties with Pittsburgh and Rosa Grande, the art projects are transnational in scope but will be local in impact. Children will learn about their own communities and about Nicaragua through collaborative projects that facilitate communication. The workshops will utilize various media, such as video, photography, and projections to promote an interactive cross-cultural exchange. 
December 31st
12:32 PM
A classroom and library, part of the Rosa Grande school.

A classroom and library, part of the Rosa Grande school.

12:31 PM
Luke and Marcy leading a community conversation.

Luke and Marcy leading a community conversation.

12:30 PM
Coating a new plant in ash- which acts as a natural insecticide.

Coating a new plant in ash- which acts as a natural insecticide.