Guatemala Arts Immersion

Guatemala provides us a rich platform to explore complex social issues, the role of the arts in community and economic development, effects of fair-trade practice, sustainable business dilemmas, and the plight of women and other marginalized communities in the region. This is an opportunity to be immersed in the culture and to have direct interaction with the Guatemalan people, artists, and arts organizations.

What: Graduate students can earn three credits (one course) and undergraduates can earn five credits (one course)

Where: Guatemala City, La Antigua (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lake Atitlan

Who: Guatemala Arts Immersion 2017 is open to both graduate and undergraduate Seattle University students, as well as MFA alumni

When: We'll be in Guatemala September 1-10, 2017. The six on-campus class sessions will be 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm during Winter Quarter 2017

How: The application portal will open soon. A $500 deposit will be due to Student Financial Services by December 15, 2016.

Cost: The $2,200 fee includes all lodging, private bus transportation (including pick-up from airport to hotel and back), all excursions, language instruction, gifts, and most meals. The price for alumni is $2,350 and non-alumni guests is $2,500.

Winter Quarter Course
ARTL 4910/5910: Cultural Intelligence and Global Communication

In this course, we are interested in the subtle but crucial role that culture takes in creating relationships with colleagues and organizations across languages, cultures and borders. Guatemala certainly has its own identity and particularities, but it also shares a great many values with many of the 20+ Latin American countries, which account for almost 10% of the global population. We will take a hands-on approach to the challenges found in communication across cultures, specifically Latin American culture, including: team and individual communication, as well as face-to-face versus virtual communication. Emphasis will also be placed on how communication differs cross-culturally in leadership roles.

For more information contact: Kevin Maifeld, Program Director at or 206-296-5370.

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401

Student Financial Services