December 19, 2012
A new documentary shows how a 3,500-year-old culture remains vibrant in Mesoamerica When the Mayan people abandoned their cities of gleaming limestone in the 9th century AD, they took with them something far more enduring than monuments: They took their culture. Over the centuries, as the forest reclaimed these vast temple complexes, the descendents of this great civilization continued to speak their ancestral languages, find meaning in the same cosmology, and even eat the same foods.
May 30, 2012
IDB-sponsored study explores how changes in civic culture are needed to achieve long-term success in mitigating violence Any successful strategy to prevent violence should include measures to recognize and change behaviors prompted by beliefs, emotions and cultural factors, according to a new study sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
March 17, 2009
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.
November 01, 2007
Originally designed as a train station and built in 1930 by German engineers in Guatemala’s northwestern department of Quetzaltenango, the structure was converted into an army base following the demise of the railroad a few years later. It remained an army facility for decades, until cutbacks in military spending after the 1996 Peace Accord. Then the government decided to close the base, leaving its future in doubt. Some police officials thought the building would be ideal for a new headquarters. Civic leaders argued on behalf of making it a cultural center.
July 06, 2007
Arkansas, home to thousands of Latin American immigrants in the United States, will also be home to a special IDB Art Collection at the Arkansas Arts Center in the state capital, Little Rock, from July 6 to August 19, 2007. This exhibition showcases work from the 26 Latin American IDB member countries, with 62 artists represented, ranging from Cuban Wilfredo Lam to Chilean Roberto Sebastian Matta.
June 01, 2007
A mural-sized reproduction of the 16th century “Canvas of Quauhquechollan” dominated one wall in an exhibit on Guatemalan art at Inter-American Development Bank headquarters in Washington earlier this year. Digitally restored by Francisco Marroquín University, the painting tells the story of how Spanish conquistadors allied with local Quauhquechollan lords to overthrow the Aztecs in Guatemala.
February 16, 2007
Eduardo Cofiño, an enterprising businessman and admirer of the tropical forest, is the government’s adviser for the sustainable development program of Guatemala’s Peten region. For more than 10 years, Cofiño has carried on the struggle to protect the Mayan forest from the dangers of land misuse arising from drug trafficking and poverty, among other sources. During his presentation at IDB headquarters in Washington, DC, Cofiño laid out a plan for developing the area, which faces serious conservation problems despite its natural and cultural richness.
February 09, 2007
The past and future of Guatemala merge in the new IDB Cultural Center art exhibition, honoring the host country of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank. Unlike previous art exhibitions at the Cultural Center, the exhibition “Guatemala: Past and Future” is made up of multimedia presentations that portray key elements of Mayan culture in digitally restored versions.
December 04, 2006
The IDB Cultural Center opens its Third Inter-American Biennial of Video Art Exhibit on December 4 to broaden the discussion of economic and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean through the creative channel of video art and documentaries. This new video art exhibit, which runs through January 19, displays a great deal of diversity and offers different visions of current issues in the region, ranging from faulty social policies and chaotic cities to ecological disasters.
March 01, 2006
By Charo QuesadaWhen Mexicans or Panamanians say they are “going to the Chino for groceries” they are not talking about some Chinese individual that happened to open a business around the corner from where they live. In their countries, the Chinese store has become an institution with a long tradition, providing a large and convenient selection of basic products, at low cost and with convenient business hours.