Art for creativity, innovation and cultural diversity

Art for creativity, innovation and cultural diversity

Visual Arts

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Spontaneously, art has been part of the spirituality and work of humanity since ancient times, and it became a conscious expression of creativity and communication among the inhabitants of the planet, which celebrates on April 15 an international day dedicated to this manifestation of civilization.

World Art Day has been commemorated since 2012, sponsored by the International Art Association (IAA), and was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco ) in 2019, as agreed by the 40th meeting of its General Conference.

The date pays homage to the birth, in 1452, of Leonardo da Vinci, a man of the Renaissance par excellence, whose work encompassed such diverse fields as painting, sculpture, design, architecture, poetry ... and is considered a symbol of peace, freedom of expression, tolerance and multiculturalism.

For Unesco, art nurtures the creativity, innovation and cultural diversity of all the peoples of the world, and plays an important role in the exchange of knowledge and the promotion of dialogue. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the various manifestations of culture in its communication with the public, an example of which is that more than 80 percent of UNESCO's world heritage sites have closed, but art has managed to reinvent and sustain itself through the resources of modernity, such as social networks.

These platforms have been widely used in Cuba, where in this difficult period it has reached homes with novel initiatives, through digital channels, radio and television. The proposals are varied, as the artistic universe is varied in the Caribbean country, with outstanding expressions in music, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, theater, architecture, cinema, photography ...

The island has an extensive network of artistic education, developed since 1959, with free access throughout the nation, which includes the upper, middle and elementary levels, as well as the training of art instructors to promote cultural manifestations in the communities.