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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2014 – Now Accepting Applications
The U.S. Embassy in Quito invites public and private institutions involved in the preservation of local culture to apply for the “Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2014.” The format and general application criteria are available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org. Projects must be sent in English to the U.S. Embassy in Quito (Ave. Guayacanes N52-205 y Ave. Avigiras) by December 13, 2013 to the attention of the Cultural Affairs Office, and must include all required permits. Proposals may involve the initiation, continuation, or completion of programs related to cultural preservation.
AFCP grants range from $10,000 to $100,000 dollars, and are intended to support projects that will be completed within a 60 month timeframe and that are beneficial to the community involved. AFCP has funded eight projects in Ecuador since its creation in 2001.
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world.
For more information please visit: http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/ambassadors-fund-cultural-preservation
USAID Justice Program Presented Results
The Program for Justice Strengthening, financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by East West Management Institute (EWMI), presented the results of the last phase of its operations on November 21. The program goals were to broaden access to justice in an efficient and timely manner and boost citizens’ participation in the judicial reform.
Assistant Director of USAID Ecuador, Christopher Cushing delivered welcome remarks at the close-out event, which was also attended by officials from various judicial system institutions and project beneficiaries. Cushing highlighted the significant results of this justice program in five major areas: development of human talent, institutional strengthening, improved efficiency in criminal proceedings, wider access to justice, and improved participation of the civil society in the judicial reform.
U.S. Guitarist Matthew Rohde Tours Ecuador
Under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy, classical guitarist Matthew Rohde toured Esmeraldas, Quito, and Guayaquil from November 19-22 and performed public concerts. Rhode is a renowned artist who has performed as soloist in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He has shared stages with the Yale University Symphonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Choir, and the Hindemith Ensemble. In 2009 he was the only semifinalist from the United States at the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. In 2007, he was invited to perform for China’s President Hu Jin Tao, during his historic visit to the United States.
Return of Youth Ambassadors 2013
After a three-week cultural exchange in the United States, twelve Ecuadorian Youth Ambassadors returned home on October 28 and met with U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm. The students shared their experiences traveling across the United States and committed to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their tour.
Ambassador Namm welcomed the students back and invited them to share what they learned with other youths. “I believe cultural exchanges are the best tool to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Ecuador. Young leaders such as yourselves can achieve positive changes in your hometowns and in your country” he added.
“Central Park’s Four Seasons” Photo Exhibit at Centro Cultural Metropolitano
On Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM, the photo exhibit “Central Park’s Four Seasons” will open in Sala V of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano (García Moreno y Espejo). Entrance is free and the exhibit, which is supported by the Centro Cultural Metropolitano and the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in Quito, will remain open until November 10. Following the Quito exhibit, the photos will travel to Cuenca (November 14- 27), Loja (December 4-20), Ambato (February 26-March 27) and Guayaquil (dates TBD). Copy of the photos will also be on display beginning October 30 at the Ecuadorian Consulate in New York.
The Central Park photo exhibit is the result of three years of work by filmmaker and photographer Pablo Palacios Naranjo, who strived to depict the seasonal changes to the natural environment in one of the largest, most visited, and better protected parks in the world. The goal of the exhibit in Ecuador is to share images of one of the United States’ most iconic parks and to foster an awareness and appreciation for the role of nature in human life and the need to conserve our natural environment.
Palacios is an Ecuadorian documentary filmmaker and a social commentator who has participated in cultural exchange programs in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States.