Casa de las Americas, National Monument
La Casa, as we colloquially know it, that which opens its doors and windows for all those who want to know about the traditions and cultural task of the continent, has been declared national monument.
April 28, on the celebration of one more year of its foundation, the institution will unveil an allegorical plate to the distinction that is conferred.
Casa de las Americas was, next to the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industry (ICAIC) one of the first cultural institutions created by the Cuban Revolution, which speaks of the new government's interest for promoting the exchange and development of art and the memory of the peoples of the region.
Its trajectory and position before the events of America and initiatives for being itself a space for creation changed it many years ago into a monument of the national and international culture.
Initially directed by the heroine of Moncada Haydee Santamaria, the institution has been an important agent of cultural processes like the Nueva Trova movement.
Its literary prize with fifty years since its creation still has a great summoning power for being the most prestigious in the continent. And in turn, that contest created one of the greatest of Casa: its editorial wealth.
Equally plastic arts, music, and theater have had significant moments that periodically repeat with the events that Casa promotes; that is, in a general broad sense all arts have been greatly represented in the spaces of the institution which main goal has always been to preserve the memory of America and encourage the youngest that today follow this same path.
By: Elizabeth Lopez Corzo