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Meaningful Giving. Inspired Change: Arts and Culture

ICF is devoted to enriching and enhancing the quality of life in the communities where we work. We believe that investing in cultural preservation and promoting expression through the arts can maintain the unique character and feed the soul of a society. Over the last 15 years, ICF donors have helped us to sponsor public art installations in La Paz, support renowned galleries such as the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and offer dozens of artistic opportunities to low-income youth across Mexico.

As both the need and passion for art and culture grow in the communities where we work, ICF and our donors will continue to provide support for the creative arts in a myriad of shapes, forms and programs.

By the Numbers in 2018:

During FY2018, ICF contributed over $551,860 in total funding for Art and Culture initiatives, ranging from theatre exchanges, youth art workshops, cultural preservation work, and civic engagement for the arts across Mexico. Highlights include:

  • $24,800 to Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C. for the acquisition of the Work Atlas “Vista de Ojos”. 
  • $55,000 to La Panadería Centro Cultural de Arte, A.C. for general operations of SOMA’s artist education program.

Putting Your Dollars to Work: Special Initiatives

The growing interest in arts and culture among ICF donors has introduced new opportunities for a range of institutions and initiatives, including:

Museums and Festivals:

In recent years, ICF donors have contributed to both traditional public museums such as Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, as well as alternative initiatives such as Casa Gallina artist residence or the Gala de Danza festival in Los Cabos as a form of cultural exchange and increasing public access to Art in the communities where we work. These new opportunities encourage thousands of visitors every year to come to Mexico in support of the creative arts, while delivering tangible economic and cultural benefits to the local communities.

Historic Restoration Projects:

ICF is partnering with Corredor Historico CAREM, A.C and Restaurando Nuestro Historia A.C., along with various Mexican government agencies, to restore the iconic smokestack in El Triunfo, Baja California Sur. Measuring 47 meters in height, the smokestack, known as ‘La Ramona’, is more than 115 years old, and is an homage to a prosperous era when silver and gold mining enriched the local economy. This restoration will help catalyze El Triunfo as an alternative tourist destination in southern Baja, bringing economic and cultural opportunities to the community. The restoration is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2018, but funds are still needed!

El Camino Real UNESCO World Heritage Nomination:

ICF is also supporting the binational UNESCO World Heritage nomination for “El Camino Real,” a 1,400-mile historical corridor linking the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and California, most known for its chain of Jesuit missions in towns and cities along the route. As a hub of stunning architecture, culture, and ideas for over 200 years, El Camino Real gives invaluable insight on the role of trade, art, religion and technology that brought development to the Californias, and initially grew out of Native American trails designed to link crucial environmental resources and diverse cultural groups. This unique binational UNESCO nomination is a multi-year effort, spearheaded by CAREM, A.C., and requires strong philanthropic and civic efforts on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Help to Preserve Arts and Culture

ICF will continue to promote and support art, culture, and historical preservation work in Mexico and Latin America. However, our cultural and conservation projects require sustained funding to help create new works, inspire today’s communities, and revive public spaces. Please join us today to preserve arts and culture by helping us secure funding for our creative partners.

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