ArteCorte, an Internationally Awarded Havana Project

thF0E54AEUHavana, One of the most interesting projects of social rescue for the Old Havana is the famous and internationally awarded ArteCorte project (hairdressing salon), which perfectly fits on the celebrations for the 495 years of this city (November 16, 1519).

This is one of the projects supported by the work of the Office of the Historian of Havana, which stimulates different plans emerged in the community, hairstylist Gilberto Valladares said.

This project was chosen among 300 of this kind in the world through an international contest sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

This entity, underway in Canada, chosen 13 programs in a first stage, and then there were three, which were feted during the annual meeting of mayors in Oaxaca, Mexico, also in 2013, to which this stylist participated.

Barber and hairdresser for 28 years, after graduating from one of the schools of this trade at the age of 17, he is now an outstanding cultural promoter at the “Callejon de los Barberos”, located at Aguiar St. between Peña Pobre St. and Avenida de las Misiones, in Old Havana.

Opened in 1999, Artecorte started at the Valladores house and expanded its influence with the support of Havana Historian Eusebio Leal, for even from its economic benefits to found a school of barbering and hairdressing free for youth of the area.

by Roberto F. Campos, periodico26.cu

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