Building Bridges, Not Walls!
Courtesy of El Centro Cultural Tijuana. However, for the city of Tijuana, talking about connections and intersections, and how to make the most of them, has been an everyday pastime since the city was founded barely years ago. Since the beginning of our history, we have been linked more to the economic activity of Southern California than to central Mexico, or the capital, Mexico City, some 1, miles away.
The interconnection influences the way we program exhibitions, musical concerts and performing arts events that draw cultural enthusiasts from both sides of the border.
Through our artistic offerings, we have helped build and expand a bilingual, transnational cultural community. One of the strategies we use most to attract visitors from both sides of la frontera is to make our content available both in English and Spanish, mainly through social networks and the internet.
We also form alliances with tour operators who run tours from the various museums of San Diego. The first settlers of this area, the indigenous Kumiai, an offshoot of the Yumanos of North America, inhabited the hydrological basin of what is today the Tijuana River and its surroundings.
In the late 18th century, Spanish missionaries established Jesuit, Franciscan and, later, Dominican settlements along the peninsula of Baja California, and in what decades later would become the U.
Through our artistic offerings, we have helped to build and expand a bilingual, transnational cultural community. From these beginnings, Tijuana-San Diego arose as a single region, split apart politically only after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo inwhich ended the Mexican-American War.
Yet the intrinsic, dynamic connection between the two cities remains, as can be seen in the overlap of key industries such as tourism, aerospace, the medical sector and electronics manufacturing.
The region consists of a total population of about 6. El Centro Cultural Tijuana exists within this cosmopolitan and binational context. CECUT consolidates the broadest and most diverse cultural offerings in the northwest region, and its infrastructure is the most substantial of any project of the Ministry of Culture outside of Mexico City.
Its facilities include the seat circular IMAX Dome, which screens documentaries and educational films; and the Museum of the Californias, which was inaugurated in after a major renovation of the central building, and houses the most complete display anywhere of the peninsular history of Baja California, from its first settlers and the missionary era through World War II.
Our 1,seat performance hall regularly programs musicians and other performing artists with cross-border appeal: In this way, Tijuana brings works that normally stay in the capital city hundreds of miles closer to border art lovers.
We have shown the work of 20th-century masters like the Mexicans Rodolfo Morales and Dr.
Atl, and the Colombian Fernando Botero known for his gargantuan human figures. Another part of our facility, the seat Cineteca Tijuana, was inaugurated in with the aim of being a meeting place for film directors, screenwriters, videographers, actors and public and private institutions of the cinematographic industry.
It specializes in Mexican and Latin American cinema, as well as films for children and young people.
The image of Tijuana has perhaps been unfairly hit by safety concerns related to drug trafficking at various times in the past. It is not only a cultural center, but also a meeting point for the border citizens of Tijuana and Southern California.
Our aim at CECUT is to be a cultural beacon of understanding, dialogue and knowledge that will guide the Cali-Baja binational region to create bridges between the two nations, in times when the tides that steer the world increasingly appear murky, obscure and aimless.
Post navigation Alan I. This essay was translated from the Spanish by Reed Johnson.You may attempt to build bridges with people who want you to keep to the confines of their walled-off area — their way of thinking.
They’re not open to understanding or accepting other points of view. This is what I mean about building bridges, not walls.
It is very easy to build walls but if you learn to find what is good in people, you will build bridges instead. How fine is that! Join us if you want to build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world rid of oppression and hatred.
We will drop a banner from the iconic Wellington Suspension Bridge over the River Dee. Together we will stand in solidarity with sisters and brothers of all ages, nationalities, races, or faiths. Bridges Not Walls is an attempt to give people who want to resist the rise of the far right somewhere to go.
The first demonstration will be on 20 January, the day of Trump’s inauguration. Building Bridges, Not Walls works to empower Californians to engage in the electoral process and vote for candidates and policies that will move America forward.
BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS Society has undergone a massive change in the last few decades, with respect to both economic and social environment And this change has affected people of all age groups, starting from children and .