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This Museum Only Fits Four People And It’s Coming To Los Angeles

This is NuMu, Guatemala’s only museum of contemporary art.

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At 2.5 x 2 meters, NuMu — a.k.a. Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — is also the world’s smallest contemporary museum. Open 24/7, and with free admission, the egg-shaped museum can only fit four people inside at one time.

NuMu is shaped like an egg because before it was a museum, it was owned by an egg vendor.

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The egg-shaped NuMu has been operational since its opening in 2012. Thanks to artists like Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam, the NuMu has hosted many Latin American artist exhibits, curated public gatherings — including hosting community dinners — and it has provided the necessary tools for aspiring artists. The NuMu is more than a museum, it’s part of the culture.

This summer, a NuMu replica will take a road-trip from its home in Guatemala City to the LACMA in Los Angeles.


The replica of NuMu is schedule to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art between September 2017 and February 2018.

Los Angeles’ large Guatemalan population makes it  the “quintessential endpoint for NuMu’s first international tour.”

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On their Kickstarter, NuMu explains why LACMA plays into their mission, saying:

“LACMA has gained a worldwide reputation for approaching the arts and cultures of every place and time period from new and innovative perspectives, opening doors to all kinds of cross-cultural projects and partnerships.”

But NuMu wants to make several stops on its way to Los Angeles, so it hatched a plan to make this dream come true: Kickstarter.

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In hopes of connecting with artistic communities between Guatemala and Los Angeles, NuMu would like to make a few pitstops. But the journey won’t be cheap, which is why they created their own Kickstarter to find backers who will fund it. Along the 3,000 mile journey, the small museum would like to stop in Comalapa, Guatemala, the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Guadalajara, and Joshua Tree, Calif., before finally arriving in Los Angeles.

According to NuMu’s Kickstarter, these stops will help create artistic awareness and foster relationships with artists.

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On NuMu’s Kickstarter, they wrote:

With your help, a replica of the egg-shaped museum will travel almost 3,000 miles over two weeks, visiting some of the most diverse and dynamic creative communities in Guatemala, Mexico, and Southern California. Along the way, NuMu will bring world-class art, exciting programs, and countless opportunities for creative dialogue. 

NuMu has until July 7th to fund this project on Kickstarter.

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So far only $22,000 has been pledged of the required $75,000, roughly 30 percent. As stated on its Kickstarter, the only way NuMu can make this trip is if it reaches its financial goal. NuMu only has until July 7th to find enough backers.

“Art can cross borders and reach people like never before, thanks to you.”

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If NuMu doesn’t receive enough donations, it will still make it’s U.S. debut at the LACMA in September.

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Apple Named The Top App Of 2020 And It Was Developed By Two Guatemalans

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Apple Named The Top App Of 2020 And It Was Developed By Two Guatemalans

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The winner of this year’s iPhone App of the Year by Apple went to Wakeout. The app is a workout app created by two Guatemalan developers and has grown in popularity since it was first released.

Pedro Wunderlich and Andrés Canella are the minds behind Apple’s top app of 2020.

Every year, Apple picks an app to be celebrated as the best app of the year. This year, Wakeout, the brainchild of two men in Guatemala, took home the coveted prize. It is a fun app, especially in the time of Covid and self-isolation.

The app is designed to motivate people to wake up and move to start their day on an active note. This lowers the user’s stress level throughout the day giving them a more successful day.

Apple focused on the apps that helped the world connect and stay healthy this year.

This years was a wild ride for everyone around the world. We had to find new ways to stay active, stay connected, and stay happy while the world stood still. Wakeout was the top app to make sure that people stayed active and motivated during these days.

The two men behind the app were clearly very excited to be the best of the year. The two of them sent tweets back and forth congratulating each other in surprise over the honor.

Tbh, seeing the two shower each other with love and praise is so sweet to see.

It is nice to see the two celebrate each other and give each other so much recognition. It was a team effort and these two are unapologetically showing the world what it looks like to be true team players.

Wakeout has become a valuable part of thousands of people’s mornings. The app gets people moving in ways that can be done anywhere. It is so important to have tools like this when your world is on pause. Being physically active is important for so many reasons.

We can’t wait to see what the duo comes up with next.

Clearly, if they are able to make something so successful during this wild imagine what they can do in normal times.

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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