By: Mario Conde

Art has no borders and talent can be shared if there is willingness to make it happen. Imperial Valley has grown in venues where artist can express themselves or teach others what they know. The Old Post Office House of Cultural Arts will be the venue where people can lean about arts through different workshops.

In a press conference held Thursday, February 11, General Consul of Mexico in Calexico, Carlos Flores Vizcarra, City of El Centro Mayor Alex Cardenas, and Councilman Efrain Silva announced that the House of Cultural Arts will begin a series of workshops that include painting, photography, Polynesian dance, guitar, and choir.

The City of El Centro has been working to have a closer relationship with the government of Mexico since last year. In 2015, the City of El Centro and Mexicali signed a sister city agreement where both cities committed themselves to have a long lasting relationship between both cites. This past November, the Mexican Consulate joined the City of El Centro for a ribbon cutting ceremony and a Memorandum of Understanding signing, establishing the Old Post Office Pavilion as the Imperial Valley Cultural Center. The center will be directed by local artist and Imperial Valley Artist Collective President, Kimberly Alfaro Massey.

The Old Post Office Cultural Center has a main objective to increase the population’s opportunities to have access the perceptions and expressions from different activities, and to help its development and diffusion that will include conferences, literary gatherings, music, theater, and film; as well as it is oriented to programming, promotion and presenting artistic and cultural events , and to search the approach of the different artistic groups that belong to the public or private sector as well as independent ones in the Imperial Valley.

For more information on the workshops and enrollment please call (760) 357-3863 Ext. 126 or e-mail imecal@sre.gob.mx

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