ABOUT THE CULTURAL DEPARTMENT
Culture is the accumulation of knowledge acquired through the development of intellectual abilities, as well as the ideas, customs and knowledge that characterize a given conglomerate.
As a binational entity, the Instituto Cultural Domínico Americano is aware of the importance of culture in the development of a nation and in establishing lasting ties between the American and Dominican people. The fact that “Cultural” is the second name of our institution is no wonder.
In this sense, ICDA’s Cultural Department presents a wide range of programs, activities and events that combines all aspects of American and Dominican art and culture through concerts, exhibitions, theatrical presentations, dance, conferences, talks, courses, workshops and other demonstrations of social, educational and cultural interest, as well as participating as an active member in cultural activities on a national and international scale.
Currently there are three cultural programs that are supported and sponsored by our institution, which are:
- ICDA Theater Workshop Group
- Domínico-Americano Mixed Choir
- Julio Alberto Hernández Male Choir
At the same time, the Cultural Department also directs and manages the facilities of the cultural complex: the Patrick N. Hughson Auditorium and the Cultural Events and Exhibition Gallery of the Instituto Cultural Domínico Americano.
The Cultural Department is led by Alexéi Tellerías. Mr. Tellerías is a writer, journalist, cultural ambassador and multidisciplinary artist with more than two decades of experience, who’s studies in the area of Communication and Journalism were completed at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and in cultural management at the Centro Cultural de España.
His texts have been included in poetic anthologies and literary magazines in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, Haiti, Venezuela, Spain and the Dominican Republic.
Since 2008 he has been teaching courses and workshops on different topics such as digital journalism, journalistic writing, storytelling, creative writing, social media management for non-governmental organizations and poetic oral techniques.
He has published “Cuaderno de Catharsis” (Poetry, Editora Nacional, Dominican Republic, 2011) “(Sobre)vivir” (included in the book “Esto no es una antología, palabras que sangran” -poetry- Ediciones Ferilibro, Dominican Republic, 2012), ” Los peces del subsuelo ” (Story, Luna Insomne Editores, Dominican Republic, 2017) a compilation with which he won the Alianza Cibaeña short story award (Santiago, Dominican Republic, 2009) and “Desayuno de tachuelas y otras masacres literarias” (Poetry , Amargord Ediciones, Spain, 2018).
His participation in cultural activities include various choral groups such as Coral Calasanz (1991-1995), Coro Interscolar (1994), Coro Marianela Sánchez (1989-1998) and Coral UNAPEC (1999), as well as Teatro Proyección / INTEC (1998-2002 ) and Teatro Guloya (2002-2004), as well as in different shows and artistic events both on and behind the stage.
He is General Coordinator and founder of El Arañazo -Plataforma Cultural-, since its creation in 2011 initially as a literary collective. With this platform, meetings of writers (Lengua de Mar, 2013) and visual artists (kilometroCERO, 2015 and 2017) have been organized, along with collaborations with other similar events such as the Festival de Poesía en la Montaña (Jarabacoa) and IndependenceDOM, Festival de Artes Visuales (Puerto Plata).
His work of poetic experimentation, called “búsqueda de la palabra más allá de sí misma”, led him to the discipline of performance art in 2008, performing in different events and festivals in Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Santiago and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Miami, United States and San José, Costa Rica.