Bicentennial (5): Art and Culture
Mexico is heir to diverse and very rich millennial cultures. But we sometimes forget the enormous value that this represents. The Bicentennial is an excellent occasion to reflect on this topic, and to act to the extent of our possibilities.
In a previous blog entry, I discussed education and the importance of the humanities. The arts are a key part of knowledge, although frequently they are belittled. We are accustomed to bestow greater importance on other activities such as business, science, and technology; in short, everything that, in some way or another, provides us with material satisfaction.
But there are aesthetic satisfactions that are considerably deeper, such as contemplating a Mexican landscape put onto canvas by Gerardo Murillo, ‘Dr. Atl; admiring our historical monumental architecture, through the lens of Guillermo Kahlo; listening to Moncayo’s Huapango or the symphonies of Carlos Chávez; or witnessing the dexterity of our artisan silversmiths and other countless works of Mexican artists.
We frequently underrate the sensitive dimension of culture and the arts, and we choose to ignore their importance for the human spirit. But they are essential in order that a nation feed its spirit and we all can and should enjoy, promote, and even participate in and practice such activities.
Mexicans should know how to read, write, add, and subtract, as well as to develop our artistic capacities. In my experience, the development of these skills in children and young people is a tremendous plus that increases creative potential and strengthens human values.
The Aztec Hope Musical Program (PROMESA, or “promise”, for its initials in Spanish), demonstrates the incredible potential of a group of children and young people when they have adequate support. In this case, music offers an alternative so that young people can radically transform their lives through the arts. At the same time, I am convinced that a child who at some time has played a musical instrument, will never wield a weapon.
In Grupo Salinas we are completely committed to the development of our culture. With this in mind, in addition to supporting PROMESA, we also actively participate in Mexican artistic expression through the Grupo Salinas Cultural Promotion fund (FCGS), through which we work to promote the creation and preservation of Mexico’s cultural heritage. I invite you to visit the FCGS web page to get to know and participate in our activities.
Mexico is a country with outstanding and renowned artisans, artists, intellectuals and creators of international standing. Mexicans’ artistic creation represents a vast legacy that has been and is a motor force of transformation. This enormous wealth should motivate us to join together in efforts to preserve and promote such artistic creation, because it is one of our most fundamental strengths.