State government supports Center for Contemporary Arts
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The construction of the Center for Contemporary Arts will begin this year, and the state government will invest 10 million pesos. Previously known as SMart (San Miguel Art), the Centro para las Artes Contemporáneas de San Miguel de Allende is a project involving both foreigners and Mexicans aimed at revitalizing the arts in the city. The nonprofit organization (with the same name) is made up of locals and visitors who have come to San Miguel to study art.
The art center will be located on the Road to la Cieneguita, next to the former train station, on 5.3 hectares of land; it will be developed in five phases. The first stage will have a cost of 48 million pesos and will include the restoration of an already existing building that will be used as a space for exhibitions. The organization also will construct a second building that will have six spaces for visual arts (painting, drawing, papermaking and a bindery, engraving and textiles), administrative offices, a book store and café and a parking lot for 200 vehicles. The members of the organization are still working to get the financing for the first phase.
On May 17, Guanajuato governor Miguel Márquez Márquez visited the city and signed an agreement to contribute 10 million pesos toward the first stage of the arts center. Márquez commented that since the moment he heard of the project he was convinced of its great touristic potential and that it will be a space for expressing the life and feelings of San Miguel. Mayor Mauricio Trejo thanked Governor Márquez for his support and congratulated Thomas Wibert, president of the association, on his efforts.
“This new space,” commented the Secretary of Touristic Development, Fernando Olivera Rocha, “will attract tourists from the historic center and give them an alternative place to visit.”