Editor’s Note: This is the last of three stories we’re publishing today on this weekend’s “La Campechada” event taking place in Old San Juan, exploring how it impacts the city’s economy and benefits its participants.
By Janet Rodríguez
Special to News is my Business
Every country in the world is called upon to safeguard its culture to benefit future generations. Puerto Rico is no stranger to this custom and is proud to relive its culture by means of artistic proposals and workshops that allow its citizens to learn and develop their artistic flair.
Under Law 89 of June 21, 1955, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP, as it is known in Spanish) was created as a Commonwealth institution to contribute, preserve, promote, enrich and divulge the cultural values of the island. Thanks to the efforts of this institution, Puerto Ricans today are able to enjoy the wide array of art displays the island has to offer, and have the necessary tools and education to create and continue this grandiose endeavor.
Locals and tourists alike will revel this weekend in one of the newest cultural festivals the island’s capital city is hosting, “La Campechada,” where artisans, public and private entities dedicated to the arts and cultures, residents and merchants, come together to create artistic and cultural expressions in Old San Juan.
This year’s “Campechada” is dedicated to renowned artist Rafael Tufiño, whose works celebrate the Puerto Rican identity with powerful visuals that display his strength in color, subtle lines and precise concept of composition and balance.
To join the celebration, the Saint John Baptist Gallery, located inside San Juan city hall and operating under the auspices of the San Juan Museum, is sponsoring the “Rafael Tufiño: La Magia en la Creación” exhibition.
Orlando Abreu, an educator and exhibit guide, said the expo is part of a series of proposals set forth by the municipal government “as a commitment to the people of Puerto Rico who contribute to the city coffers.”
“As a museum, we have a commitment to the citizens to provide a cultural offer according to the investment made by them through their tax-paying money,” Abreu said during a visit by this media outlet to the gallery. “In that sense, though we don’t charge directly, it is a free offer to both local and visiting public that gives us value to continue submitting proposals for activities.”
Featuring pieces dating from 1949 to 2007, the exhibition was made possible with the help of Tufiño’s family and private collectors, who loaned the works displayed.
The main goal of the museum during “La Campechada” is to draw visitors to the exhibition, where they will benefit from different creative workshops for children and adults that will be taught by artist Teresa Cruz. Visitors will also be part of the recreation of Tufiño’s famous mural, “La Plena,” at the San Juan Museum, where the artist first worked the piece.
“Rafael Tufiño: La Magia en la Creación” will be on display until January 2014.