“Day and night,
I always dream with open eyes.”
― Jose Marti
For more than four decades, the José Martí Cultural Center has been a center of activity, albeit one that’s already in the center of a bustling area. Just a few steps from the major intersection of Reforma with the Avenida Hidalgo, and atop the Metro Hidalgo station, there simply no better place for a community center. It’s practically in the Alameda Central, and the José Martí Cultural Center runs an ongoing program of activities: music like jazz and blues, a harmonica festival, neighborhood fairs, film screenings, and poetry.
Opened in 1976, the space provides a much needed international presences with a focus on Latin American peoples.
José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban activist, poet, philosopher, journalist, and publisher. Today, he’s a national hero in Cuba for the role he played in liberating the country from Spanish rule. He’s also an important figure in the always heady world of Latin American literature.
Today’s José Martí Cultural Center includes a library, theater, art alley and gallery and events tend to be packed. The program, which can be checked on the Facebook Page, often includes events that spill well out of the building itself, and trips to the center are often combined with a trip the nearby Diego Rivera Mural Museum, the Museum of Popular Art, the Alamadea Art Laboratory and of course,to the Alameda itself. Lots of people will visit simply to see the outstanding mural, Canto a Martí (Song to Martí), in the rear of the main salon.