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June opening for largest art school

Restoration of abandoned building completed in Mineral de Pozos

One of the largest art schools in Latin America and the largest in Mexico will open its doors to Mexican students and multidisciplinary artists from abroad next month in Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato.

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The opening of the Centro de Artes y Prácticas Artísticas, or CAPA (Center of Art and Artistic Practises) follows the recovery and restoration of a historic building — once a school — abandoned to the elements and looters early in the last century.

It was six years ago that a group of investors agreed with ejidatarios, or community landowners, to privatize the land where the historic building stood and then donate it to the state government.

With an investment of 80 million pesos (US $4.2 million), a total of 6,000 square meters of built infrastructure was rescued, said Daniel Esquenazi Beraha, one of the investors.

Located just 60 kilometers northeast of San Miguel de Allende, Mineral de Pozos was a successful silver and mercury mining town during colonial times, and during the Porfiriato, the decades-long administration of Porfirio Díaz, attained a population of 50,000.

At the turn of the 20th century, after the Revolution War and the Cristero Rebellion, the town saw the beginning of its decline. By the 1950s, its population was about 200.

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Esquenazi said that after three years of restoration, all CAPA facilities are ready.

These include the restored historic building, which will house a historic museum, exhibit halls, movie theaters, a shop with artistic and designer products and a conference room.

A newer building will house print, lithography, silkscreen printing, photography and video workshops, along with dedicated spaces for digital animation, pottery, textiles, performance, dance and music.

The project was carried out by the non-profit organization Patrimonio Guanajuato, which collaborated with urbanists, anthropologists and specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the state Tourism Secretariat (Sectur).

Cultural activities in CAPA will focus on the collaboration of resident international artists with young Mexican artists and students, who will together create works of art.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • Interesting. I visited that town once. The phrase “in the middle of nowhere” fits it to the proverbial T.

  • I wonder where the students will stay? The new semi cobblestoned road from Highway 57 is getting close to finished. Watching this place go from abandoned to whatever it is now has been interesting. The next couple of years are going to be even more interesting.

    • Angela Hynes

      Dan, I understand there are to be dormitories in the new structure. Also, there is a slew of new hostales in town. I’ve seen inside the escuela and they have done a stunning job.

      • I can’t wait to see it. I hope I get an invitation to the opening.. how do I do it, get an invitation that is? Whose arse do I have to kiss? And what about Yoko Ono? I hear she’s going to make a nude appearance. Joking.

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