The Girona Est Foundation has launched a new facility for the city, an old manor house in Mas Ramada will be the new headquarters of the House of Arts , a space that "wants to unite the city that ignores the neighborhood and the neighborhood that ignores the city", explains the president of the foundation, Jaume Sanabras.
The presentation, which took place on October 18, was attended by four councilors from the government team, headed by the vice-mayor and councilor for Economic Promotion, Gemma Geis (Joint), and the councilor for Culture, Quim Ayats ( CKD); the representative of the Provincial Council of Girona, Jordi Camps, and the delegate of the Generalitat, Laia Cañigueral. "This initiative helps fill the gap that exists in Catalonia in terms of disciplines such as music, cooking or architecture and is reminiscent of the Can Ricart Arts campus in Poble Nou, in Barcelona," said Geis.
In the short term, the Casa de les Arts is the headquarters of the foundation, which has 56 members, the vast majority of which are companies. Bonart Cultural is also one of the organizations that collaborates in this project . The house has work rooms, a large multipurpose room and an outdoor space where you can hold "exhibitions, present books or musical performances", explains the manager of the entity, Bernat Rubió. The intention is for the building to be a point for artist residencies and the creation of audiovisual products, as Ricard Planas explained at the opening.
The foundation has been working for more than three years. Watch to help neighborhood families access more opportunities. Its staff and collaborators make it possible for there to be activities of drawing, educational reinforcement or mentoring with a scholarship, among others. With data from October 2021, 4,200 people lived in the neighborhoods of Vila-roja, Mas Ramada, la Creueta, Grup Sant Daniel and la Font de la Pólvora.
With the network work of the foundation's companies and other collaborators, the new equipment will be the headquarters of the Azahara entity, and "the headquarters of Ciutat polychromada ", a project that aims to change the aesthetics of sector equipment.
Recently, the plastic activist and cartoonist Aleix Font Arroyo has painted the Casa de les Arts itself and led a performance a few months ago at the Vila-roja school, in which 3rd and 5th graders helped define how it should be the graffiti of the school. It is in some way a replica of an initiative that grows every year in the neighborhoods of Can Gibert and Santa Eugènia de Ter with the Monart festival.