Our mission is to create, trough the arts, a new model for sustainable cultural development at the US/Mexico Border region.
What it is:
La Casa del Túnel: art Center (the house of the tunnel)* It is a cultural center for the arts in Tijuana Mexico, run by COFAC www.cofac101.org located at the border line with the USA.
*(There was an illegal tunnel under the house)
The Center features three galleries (1100 sq ft), a multi-purpose workshop,(1500 sq ft) two offices (200 sq ft and 175 sq ft), a rooftop border observation deck, a fully equipped café restaurant with two outdoor stages for music and spoken word, One of them is designed for cross border simultaneous double-staged events.
Utilizing the surrounding area of the Center, we can have an alternative stage at the street level Garden for approximately 300 people and there is an out door wall 8 ft high x 50 ft long prepared for exhibits.
The building roof and adjacent property is being developed into a green laboratory and gardens.
Areas of focus:
We are committed to a triad approach, Border issues, The community and The environment which includes Art, Architecture, Design, Literature & Spoken Word, Music, Performance Art, Electronic Arts, Artist Residency, Cuisine, Environment, Sustainability, Gardening & Farming, Public Art projects, and Community improvement and involvement.
The two most important cultural issues facing the border are environmental and security challenges. Culture is also a major element of border life. Arguably, the most significant cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico is happening in the Tijuana/San Diego/Los Angeles border region. Tijuana has increased its visibility as an art town. The TJ art community’s relationship with the Cities in Southern California further nurtures the art scene of the region. Tijuana has become a bohemian City due to its proliferation of galleries, art centers and spaces, museums, music venues, coffee houses, restaurants and night clubs. Tijuana is also a center for electronic music, short films, spoken word, literature, and tourist folk art. Currently, there is a new awareness in the field of private architecture and urban theory which brings a steady flow of art professionals with a plethora of projects and people working on both sides of the Border.
Tijuana artists have recently initiated a nascent art movement through a dialogue with cultural authorities at the three levels of government regarding their ideas for improving democratic citizen participation in decisions impacting local culture.
La Casa del Túnel: Art Center will focus on improving the Colonia Federal neighborhood through social, and economic development programs. And most of all, by developing relationships and being a good neighbor as we offer volunteer programs for seniors and youth.
With an aim of supporting efforts to transform Colonia Federal to an Artist Colony, we will work with artists and creative people, with special support for neighborhood artists. We will also serve artists from other parts of Mexico and the United States concentrating on the Southern California/Baja region. Reflecting its place on the border, CDT will also involve international artists and performers.
Along with the generalized threat of global warming and related “weird weather” the US Mexico Border at Tijuana faces specific environmental issues. The San Ysidro Border crossing is the largest port in the US System. Fourteen million vehicles and 40 million people enter the US at the San Ysidro crossing yearly. This tide of humanity and vehicles create many environmental issues, for example, air pollution with high Ozone concentrations, flash flooding, water contamination, (especially drinking & recreational water), land contamination, excessive pesticide contamination, waste piles and other discarded materials (tire graveyards that number in the millions).
The City of Tijuana also suffers from an acute crisis in the area of safety due to ongoing drug violence. Tijuana cultural practitioners have articulated a narrative that defined the city’s challenges. Currently a growing group of artists have turned their attention to issues of security concerns at the border and sustainability of the planet. La Casa del Túnel: Art Center will be a venue dedicated to work on sustainability in the border region through the arts.