The Authentic, an Antidote to Pseudo-culture

The National Council of the José Martí Brigade of Art Instructors concludes. New national leadership elected

By: Yelanys Hernández Fusté


2016-02-29 | 17:19:13 EST
They are in any community in our country. The school and the neighbourhood are valuable everyday scenarios of paramount interest to the members of the José Martí Brigade of Art Instructors (BJM). 
Although the media have not always reflected that valuable work to create a sensitive and knowledgeable public of the best of art, the work of these professionals in the last dozen years has been substantial, necessary.

Its work is palpable on the island and in the Corazon Adentro Cultural Mission in Venezuela. The brigade is always ready to banish bad taste and pseudo-cultural products that only extol banality, as transpired on Saturday at the plenary session of the National Council of the BJM.

They were told of the experiences engendered by these professionals with the help of the villagers, like the Caribbean Children group, in the Avilanian municipality of Baraguá, the already highly anticipated Berro de Yateras Festival (Guantanamo), or the revitalizing initiative of the La piedra de las Mercedes, in the neighbourhood of La Manchuria, in Melena del Sur (Mayabeque). All are based on essential concepts: the approach to the cultural and historical traditions of communities.

For Mario Andrés, for example, it was not difficult to reach people. He has in his blood the Anglophone heritage of his native Baraguá and thus, together with seven other colleagues, created Caribbean Children in 2009. "It was a wonderful experience," he said, while acknowledging the satisfaction of the members of a group that has carried on the legacy of their community to the Caribbean Festival, the May Festival and the Cucalambeana Jornada.

Joel Enrique stressed that in the neighbourhood of La Manchuria rumba is very strong, also its culinary culture and its ethnic components, aspects that they have worked to promote initiatives to allow greater participation of the people and generate an interest in the history of his home town.

Meanwhile, Yoendri Almenares surprised with the "great celebration of the culture of my community, the Festival del Berro, which since 1986 it was not performed and we brought it back." While noting that a greater understanding of the importance of the work of the brigade by the "higher authorities" is still needed, Yoendri did not complain, because in his village there is a tremendous enthusiasm that has spread to cultural and governmental institutions.

Meritorious work

The work of the art instructors continues to show concrete results in order to make the school and the community into cultural epicentres, which was highlighted on Saturday in the plenary session of the National Council, held at the National School of the CTC.

Yuniasky Crespo Baquero, first secretary of the National Committee of the UJC, urged the brigade to continue to behave as benchmarks of good culture, while Helmo Hernandez, a member of honour of the BJM, congratulated the movement for the maturity reached and the capacity of reflection that prevailed in the conclave. Hernandez asked participants at the meeting to study the thoughts of Fidel and his maxim «Pensar la nación desde la cultura» (Judging the nation by its culture) to find handholds in their daily work.

Abel Prieto, advisor to the President of the Councils of State and Ministers agreed with that, and emphasized the farsighted vision of Fidel to create the Brigade, whose impact on the community must be an antidote to consumerism, a force to redeem the authentic, the traditional.

Abel said that currently culture cannot be underestimated, because "today the war is cultural and you are creating models, forms of participation that have much to do with culture as a means of emancipation."

Julian Gonzalez, Minister of Culture, urged art instructors to continue fighting bad taste. "The solution is to make and keep showing that we are not only important, but essential in this to build a countrywide project in sustaining the nation," he said.

The Minister stressed that all that is done must be based on quality and insisted on ensuring that it is always present in the cultural programming of locations both in the amateur and professional movement. "We are doing a transforming action, generating growth," he said.

The occasion was opportune to distinguish with the Special Recognition prominent members of the BJM like Ariadna García Padrón, Anibal Ramos Mejias, Baire Cartaza Peña, Hector Luis Leyva Cedeno, Yoamaris Neptuno Rodriguez and Antonio La Villa Garcia.

The National Council was also attended by Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, Minister of Education; Rubiel Garcia, president of the Hermanos Saiz Association, and Nereyda Lopez, secretary general of the National Union of Workers of Culture, as well as leaders of the cultural, educational and youth sector.

New national leadership of the Brigade

Liliam Mendoza Estrada was elected president of the José Martí Brigade of Art Instructors, this Saturday at the National Council of the youth movement. Also part of the national leadership for the period 2016-2019, are Ariadna Cuza Miranda as vice president, and Ivan Suarez Acosta, Yunyer Feliciano  and Osvaldo Pérez Pérez.

In addition, the work of Indira Fajardo Ramirez and Sandor Martinez, former president and vice president respectively was recognized, and their dedication and consecration to lead a movement that is strengthened each day was highlighted.

Translated by ESTI

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