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Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Nicaragua Event at MICA

Casa Baltimore-Limay and Art of Solidarity, MICA’s Nicaragua Summer Intensive, present

Nicaragua Today: Our Inspiration and Challenge

Monday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Main Building, Room 210

1300 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore 21217


Maria Gabriela Aldana Enriquez, MICA faculty and director of Art of Solidarity, a cultural-exchange and community arts program for filmmakers and artists in Nicaragua

Paul Baker Hernandez, a New Song vocalist and guitarist on US tour from Managua, Nicaragua; formerly with Nicaragua Network, now director of Echoes of Silence, promoting world interdependence

Dalila Cedeño Quintero, organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs in Limay, Nicaragua

Moderators/ discussants:

Leslie Salgado, coordinator of Howard County Friends of Latin America (HoCoFoLA)

Mike McGuire, Baltimore activist in local and Latin American issues

This group will discuss wide-ranging topics about Nicaragua – and questions from you – including the following:
Food security and potable water: What is Nicaragua doing, through its Sandinista government and other organizations, to promote food security and potable water for its people? How does this compare to what is happening in the US (including our current struggle over water privatization)?

Climate change: How has Nicaragua experienced climate change and global warming in recent years? How do US policies, and government and corporate behavior, affect climate in Nicaragua – and vice versa?

Immigration: What factors affect Nicaraguan people’s decisions to remain at home or to emigrate to the US and other parts of the world? Why is it that so few unaccompanied minors are coming to the US from Nicaragua, compared to several other countries in Central America?

Status of women: What is the relative status of women, compared to men, in Nicaragua? The World Economic Forum just released results showing that Nicaragua is 6th in the world, behind only the Scandinavian countries, in this relative status. Is this finding “real”, or does it ignore some factors which should be considered?

More about our Nicaraguan visitors:

Dalila Cedeño Quintero is a young and vibrant organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs, including the Bono Productivo program of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. She is also an active participant in the programs of the Casa Baltimore/Limay friendship-city project; and she is a recognized leader in her community of El Morcillo, an agriculturally fertile village in the San Juan de Limay valley of northwest Nicaragua. She will present a brief slideshow about her work as well as life in rural Nicaragua today.

Paul Baker Hernández is an experienced and entertaining musician and public speaker. He’ll sing several selections from his own musical compositions, as well as offering his observations about Nicaragua. In the past, he worked as the in-country representative of Nicaragua Network, a US-based project of Alliance for Global Justice. He now promotes world interdependence through the organization he directs, Echoes of Silence. His autobiography, Song in High Summer, is available on Amazon. He lives in the shantytown barrio of La Primavera in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. His background and urban perspective will provide a contrast to Dalila’s rural viewpoint.

Produced by:

Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linking Baltimore, MD, with San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, for the past 29 years. 410-662-6292 or email

Art of Solidarity, a cultural exchange and community arts program through the Maryland Institute College of Arts, for filmmakers and artists collaborating with Nicaraguan youth, collectives, and muralists every summer. or email

We also thank the Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee of Research Associates Foundation for funding toward this event.

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