Consuelo Sáizar - Career - CONACULTA

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In 2009, she was named the head of the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Council for Culture and the Arts), which she currently holds. She has promoted Mexican culture’s impact on the world, noting that the country hosts the largest book festival in the Spanish language, the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara, the third largest international festival in the world, the Festival Internacional Cervantino and the largest and most visited film repository in the world, the Cineteca Nacional .

From 2007 to 2012, government support of film projects increased from 1,772 million pesos to 6,260 million pesos, with 418 films made during this period. CONACULTA acquired the personal libraries of José Luis Martínez, Carlos Monsiváis, Jaime García Terrés, Antonio Castro Leal and Alí Chumacero to add to that of the José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. Art acquisitions for the museums of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes totaled 145 million pesos from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, she began a project to work on the digitalization of Mexico’s archives of images, text and sound. There have also been renovations to the Ciudadela library facility, the Estudios Churubusco, the Siqueiros Workshop in Cuernavaca and the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City .

However, her tenure has been criticized as lacking definition. The main challenge during her tenure was the celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial of its Independence and Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, both of which occurred in 2010. She recognized that 2010 was “a very difficult year” for her and CONACULTA with work related to the Bicentennial such as the renovation of the Palacio de Bellas Artes . There was a proposal to create a film museum called the Museo del Cine but this project has been put on hold.

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