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22 artisans win the Grand Masters of Craft Heritage Contest
  A total of 146 pieces from 15 states of the Mexican Republic were registered in this edition

14 December 2015/ CONACULTA

The Secretariat for Social Development (SEDESOL), through the National Fund for the Development of Arts and Crafts (FONART), Fomento Cultural Banamex, the Roberto Hernndez Ramrez Foundation and the Alfredo Harp Hel Foundation, presented the awards to the winners of the 2nd National Grand Masters of Craft Heritage Contest 2015, held in Mexico at the Chapultepec Castle, in order to encourage the creation of great masterpieces of folk art and pay tribute to its creators.

The 22 awards were given to participating artisans who had previously won the first, second or third place, national awards, special prizes or the first place in their category in other national awards, such as the Grand Prize of Folk Art, Mexican Births, the National Ceramics Award of Tlaquepaque, the Hugo Salinas National Silver Award, the National Contest of Vegetable Fibres, the National Textile Contest or the National Shawl Contest.

Presiding over the ceremony were the Secretary for Social Development, Jos Antonio Mead Kuribrea; Liliana Romero Medina, FONART General Director; Mara del Carmen Fernndez Palazuelos, Fomento Cultural Banamex coordinator of Folk Art; Martina Garca Cruz, National Award winner, and Leocadia Cruz Gmez, winner of the 2006 National Arts and Sciences Award, representing the artisans who have received production support.

This second edition counted with the participation and register of 146 pieces, with awards amounting to 800,000 pesos thanks to contributions from FONART, Fomento Cultural Banamex, the Alfredo Harp Hel Foundation and the Roberto Hernndez Ramrez Foundation. The sum was distributed among the 22 awardees.

Martina Garca Cruz, winner of the National Award, the highest distinction in this contest, presented a Quechqumitl cape and bag, traditional Otomi articles of clothing which rescued the technique and design of items made at the turn of the century in this region. FONARTs General Director, Liliana Romero Medina, stressed the importance of this event, since it is a highly deserved tribute to artisans whose career, mastery, quality and distinction have shown that Mexican folk art can transcend boundaries.

In turn, Mara del Carmen Fernndez Palazuelos, Folk Art Coordinator at Fomento Cultural Banamex, stated that for more than a decade, these contests organized by FONART have counted with the firm support of the National Bank of Mexico through Fomento Cultural Banamex, since they share the common goal of stimulating and recognizing top quality crafts production.

She also highlighted the support of the Roberto Hernndez Ramrez Foundation and the Alfredo Harp Hel Foundation for honouring this commitment.

Lastly, there was a tour of the exhibition of the winning pieces, hosted by participating authorities and artisans who proudly displayed their creative works.

This type of contest promotes the quality and transcendence of Mexican folk art, enabling the top representatives of craftsmanship to be recognized for their achievement and talent, sharing their art with the new generations so this cultural expression of utmost importance for our national identity may endure.

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