Top cultural award goes to a professor and author

After persons who work in the arts become published and well known, the next big honor is receiving an award that acknowledges the merit of their work.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud created such an award in 1992, called the Premio Nacional de Cultura, to recognize the hard work, tenacity and excellence of persons from different artists, performers and community organizations.

Out of all awards given, the most coveted prize is the Magón which the the ministry announced Monday will go this year to Yadira Calvo Fajardo for her contributions in the national culture in the field of literature.

The Magón is the highest culture award that the nation awards yearly to either a writer, artist, or Costa Rican scientist, for the creative and research work that they have done in the field.

Ms. Calvo has a degree in literature and language science. She has served as an associate professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica and a professor at Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica.

The writers work in which he is most known for are essays that depict and promote women. She has published several books that include “Poesía en Jorge Debravo,” “La mujer víctima y cómplice,” “Ángela Acuña, forjadora de estrellas,” “A la mujer por la palabra,” “Las líneas torcidas del derecho,” “De diosas a dragonas,” “La canción olvidada” and “Éxtasis y ortigas.”

Her latest work, “Terminología feminista,” was published in 2012.

The ministry also announced that the Cultura Popular Tradicional will be awarded to Georgina Acevedo López for her work in the rescue, dissemination and projection of traditional popular culture in Cañas, Guanacaste and at the national level.

Ms. Acevedo has worked for decades to promote culture and lead cultural projects in Cañas, Guanacaste.

“The jury noted the active and committed participation of Ms. Acevedo, with the different cultural organizations where she stressed a commitment, delivery and implementation of cultural projects in Guanacaste,” said a release.

The traditional Popular Culture prize is awarded to individuals, folkloric groups, popular performers, or institutions, agencies or communities, who have made a significant contribution to the study and recovery of the Costa Rican native and popular demonstrations.

Manuel Obregón, the cultural minister, praised both women especially Ms. Calvo for her work to transform what he called a conservative, sexist and patriarchal society and dedicating her entire life to fight for gender equality.

“In the very similar case of Doña Georgina Acevedo, stands a knowledge and a tradition inherited from her grandparents, her ancestors, and she managed to transmit that knowledge and multiply it into many generations,” he continued.

The announcement of other national culture Awards, in categories of Visual Arts, theatre, dance, music, among others, will be released on Feb. 7.

The official ceremony of all the national awards for culture, will be held May 13 at 7 p.m.

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