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Yucatan’s abandoned public cultural centers to be revived

50 Casas de la Cultura to be brought back to life; more added after that, governor promises

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Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal visits a cultural center in Tecoh, where he vowed to expand Yucatan’s Casa de la Cultura program.

Tecoh, Yucatan — The Yucatan state government will re-open forgotten cultural centers, and then establish new ones throughout the state, Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal told an audience of supporters.

From the auditorium of the Tecoh’s Casa de la Cultura “Kermith Garrido González,” Vila Dosal presented a new state program to reactivate the 50 “Casas de la Cultura” that have fallen by the wayside to one degree or another.

Once they are shored up, more municipalities will receive their own, said Vila Dosal.

Art and music activities will be carried out with support from the Higher School of Arts of Yucatan and the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, among other groups.

According to Vila Dosal, government officials checked in on several Casa de la Cultura locations and found that many were abandoned, some used as storage rooms.

“The aim is that the houses of culture that today are abandoned or little used, we will take advantage and develop their maximum potential,” he said.

He explained that this year the state will reactivate 25 casas, another 25 in 2020, and begin expanding the program in 2021.

One priority of the program is to give rural children the same opportunities as city kids.

“It is no longer valid that in Merida there is everything and in the interior of the state there is nothing,” he said.

“This program seeks to generate a network that allows a vibrant and continuous artistic and cultural life in the municipalities,” said Secretary of Culture and the Arts (Sedeculta) Erica Millet Corona.

Source: La Jornada Maya

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