Last week the Mexican Senate unanimously voted to go ahead with a plan to give Mexicans a constitutional right to culture. If all goes as planned and they get the additional 17 votes they need from local governments in March, the senators agreed to add a ninth paragraph to article four of the constitution to establish that every person “has the right to access to culture and to enjoy all of the goods and services offered by the State as well as the right to excercise cultural rights.”
PRI member Francisco Arroyo Vieyra had this to say:
“Princes are ephemeral; creators are forever.”
What about guys who change their name to symbols and sing about raspberry berets Francisco, eh? Put that in your pot and stir it!
It all seems a bit vague to me, like when you ask your boss when you’re going to get your check and they say “ahorita,” and you’re all, “Uhhhh, ahorita in 15 minutes or ahorita in a quarter to never?”
In defense of the senators, the citizens of Mexico City already have access to some of the coolest public art in the world and can even go to the torture museum for free on Sundays.
In celebration of the new amendment, here are some of my favorite examples of access to culture in DF:
*First picture by Getty Images, third via Shakira.com