The community

Our model of institution is committed to community, inclusion, dialogue and participation within a transparent framework. Through art, we want to generate curiosity and enliven intuition as a way to develop a strong emotional intelligence and a high level of knowledge and awareness. Collegium is a laboratory of experiences, an advanced platform of resistance against dehumanization and a mediation structure that contributes to human dignity and social justice, equality and well-being.

Collegium is a project of community spirit, where the public and private non-profit collaborate. It is a proposal dislocated and unmarked from the big capitals that puts in value the invaluable rural environment, today in decline. Both the Junta de Castilla y León and the city council have committed to support it by signing a protocol for the creation of the museum.[1]

Why Arevalo?

After intense research and reflection, the city of Arévalo was chosen because of its dense and strategic profile in its history and location. The city was the scene of the passage and integration of diverse peoples and cultures, and at the end of the 16th century, one of the first Jesuit schools was founded there.

Despite being a historical icon of education and research, unfortunately the school was found in ruins, a very symbolic and propitious condition for an action of rescue and local transformation around a museum project, while stimulating production and dissemination and generating links and exchange with the global context.

We invite and hope to include, through our different projects, the most varied groups, to generate a dialogue and social coexistence from the critical, the playful, the functional, the interactive, and to demonstrate to the public authorities, the scope that artistic and socio-cultural initiatives can have to contain depopulation that plagues the area.

We expect visits and coexistence not only from the environment, but from all over the world, since our program together with the offer of Arévalo and its enclave are strategic and easily accessible. Through the A-6 highway from Arevalo station, the Madrid-Hendaye railway line is directly connected to key cities to generate the macro transit of people. It is worth mentioning that the Adolfo Suárez Airport (Madrid-Barajas) is the fourth largest in Europe, and the route that connects it to Barcelona Airport is the one with the highest number of weekly flights worldwide.

[1] On June 21, 2017, the Protocol for the Creation of the Museum of Contemporary Art was signed, expressing the willingness of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de León y Castilla, the City Council of Arévalo and the Lumbreras Foundation - Adrastus Collection to collaborate in the development and consolidation of Collegium.

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