art is a way to understand the world around you
For Navarro herself, art is about communication, self-realisation and understanding. “I think art is a way to understand the world around you,” she explains. “It is an uplifting thing; it helps the spirit and it helps explain ourselves. And it travels through generations. The message of art is what remains, even if the artist is gone.” Over the five years La Nave Salinas has been operating, Navarro has extended her concept of art’s purpose to include a broad educational program.
Throughout summer, the gallery holds free weekly workshops for children and during the school year, more than 50 schools send their first, second and third grade students to La Nave Ibiza for immersive art experiences. “We want the kids to understand the processes of the artists and live it,” explains Navarro. “We design a specific workshop around each exhibition and invite special guests to participate.” The first year, they focused on drawing while subsequent workshops have utilised guest chefs and body workers to explore the themes and methods of each show. “The kids come back year after year and you see them grow as they remember what they did in the previous year,” says Navarro. “It’s really beautiful.”