• NCCA and MMDA partner for arts on the streets

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    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its Chairman Felipe De Leon Jr. and executive director

    Emelita Almosara, through its National Committee
    on Visual Arts and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are enlivening Metro Manila streets with art through their collaborative endeavor—“Urban Artscape.”

    The project aims to instill to the public and urban commuters a higher level of consciousness as Filipinos and their cultural heritage by providing visual icons and artwork.

    Done mostly by student art groups including: Gerilya, TUPArt, Pinoy na Pinoy Visual Artists Association, TALAS Art Group, and the University of the Philippines Artists Circle, these artworks and murals depict Filipino cultural traditions, history, folklore, indigenous designs and patterns, among others.

    In partnership with Universal Paints, the Urban Artscape project is currently in progress at the Nagtahan Underpass in Manila.

    Urban Artscape is made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed on January 14 by the NCCA and MMDA. Besides the Nagtahan Underpass, Quezon Avenue underpass and certain pillars of the Light Railway Transit (LRT) leading to Monumento, the Andres Bonifacio Shrine will also be imbued with art.

    Along with this, these government institutions will also erect an Epifanio de los Santos National Monument at EDSA corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. The NCCA will also support the MMDA-sponsored rotonda sculpture-design competition named “Imaheng Bayani.”

    For more details, contact the head of NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) Rene Napeñas at 527-2192. Log on to www.ncca.gov.ph or email ncca.paio@gmail.com.

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