Venezuela is currently enjoying a renaissance of cultural growth, and it has a lot to do with the state’s new mandate to channel oil profits into educational and community development. Last month, a new cultural project was founded called Corazón Adentro (roughly translated, “Inside the Heart”).
To launch that institution, circus performances were held in the Caracas Polydrome. At the opening event, President Chavez announced plans to found a national circus company in Venezuela, perhaps inspiring a larger, continental one called the “Circus of the South.” To read more about this three-ring affair, click here (in English) or here (Spanish).
The Corazón Adentro project begins with a national census to improve knowledge of different local cultural forms and traditions throughout Venezuela. Certainly, there is no shortage of talent. The playful painting above is by Juan Urbina, a native of Caracas who grew up in the poor neighborhood of Petare and whose work is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California.