El pasado domingo el New York Times publicó un artículo en el que se repasa la actualidad de la cultura en Madrid, con especial mención a las actividades que son organizadas por las cajas de ahorros y otras instituciones en concepto de “obra social”.
Back in the day, it typically meant helping out farmers through lean times and troubled harvests. Today, however, through a vast array of obra social (public work) foundations, the savings banks support medical research and reforestation efforts, grant scholarships, finance historical preservation, sponsor art exhibitions or even establish their own cultural centers.
Fortunately for residents and visitors to Madrid, several have chosen to maintain cultural centers. And they are not alone — the city boasts at least a dozen corporate and private cultural centers. While the large state-run museums — the august Prado and Reina Sofía — do an unparalleled job at showcasing Spanish art at the height of its game over the centuries, these nimble foundations are able to fill in the gaps and show international and avant-garde art that King Philip II might never have gone for.
And this is to say nothing of the hundreds of concerts, film programs and education events for adults and children they offer every month.
Oh, and most of it is free.
Leer artículo: The New York Times: In Madrid, Banking on the Art Scene.
(Gracias a Petezin por el aviso)