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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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Guatemala’s Groundbreaking Decision To Allow U.S.- Based Citizens To Vote Could Change The Way We Cast Ballots In The Near Future

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Guatemala’s Groundbreaking Decision To Allow U.S.- Based Citizens To Vote Could Change The Way We Cast Ballots In The Near Future

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Voting in every single election is a crucial part of voicing your concerns about how your country is run. It’s also the perfect time to dictate change, especially with presidential elections.

There’s so much corruption in Latin American — and in the U.S. — that the only way we can make a difference is by voting corruption out. That’s exactly what is taking place in Central America.

Elections are taking place in Guatemala and for the first time ever, 60,000 Guatemalans living in the U.S. will be able to cast their vote.

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“At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres,” the Associated Press is reporting.

Aside from voting for a new president, Guatemalans will be able to vote for a new vice-president, 158 congress members, and 340 mayors. Guatemalans living in the U.S. will only be able to vote for the president and vice president.

These elections are extremely important as the three previous presidents have been charged with corruption.

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“There is a belief that instead of advancing in these four years of government, we’ve gone backward,” Marco René Cuellar, 39, told the New York Times. “We’ve lost our way as a country, but we should not lose faith in the democratic process we have.”

Furthermore, the next president can help bring peace to the country and end the mass exodus that is going on in Guatemala.

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Since 2016, more than 90,000 Guatemalans have been deported from the U.S, NPR reports, and thousands more make the trek back due to lack of work, violence, and poverty.

While voting is taking place now, the second round of voting will happen in August.

Out of 19 presidential candidates including a former First Lady and an indigenous woman, it looks like Guatemala will have a female leader.

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According to the Times, “Sandra Torres had captured more than 22 percent of the vote, followed by four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 16 percent.” They also report none of the candidates will secure 50 percent of the votes or more so that 22 percent is looking really good for Torres.  

READ: Here’s How These Huaraches Are Helping Guatemala’s Mayans Fight Pollution

This Ancient Town Is Proving To The World That We Need To Add Guatemala To Our Bucket List ASAP

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This Ancient Town Is Proving To The World That We Need To Add Guatemala To Our Bucket List ASAP

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With its stunning architecture and wild natural setting, this former colonial capital is among Central America’s must-visit destinations.

Nestled in the forested hills of southern Guatemala, the small city of Antigua was once the most prominent seat of Spanish colonial government between Mexico City and Lima, Peru. Founded in the early 16th century, it served as Guatemala’s capital for almost 300 years, until 1773, when it was abandoned by crown officials following a series of devastating volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods.

In the mid-1800s, agriculturists took note of Antigua’s rich volcanic soils, and the city thrived once again, as a center of coffee and grain production. It was during this period that its canary-colored Santa Catalina Arch, built in 1694 as a walkway for nuns, received its domed clock tower, becoming Antigua’s most iconic monument.

In 1979, Unesco designated Antigua a World Heritage Site, ensuring the protection of its architectural and cultural legacy.

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Now, the city’s cobbled streets – arranged in an easy-to-navigate grid, with views of the stunning Volcán de Agua to the south and the twin peaks of Volcán de Fuego and Acatenango to the west – are lined with farm-to-table restaurants, contemporary art galleries and design studios.

Beyond the city’s lush Parque Central, these new additions are taking root near 17th- and 18th- century buildings – such as Las Capuchinas, a former convent that is now a colonial-era art museum.

The Santa Catalina arch is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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Antigua is well known for its rich colonial history and cultural attractions, but none are so iconic as the Santa Catalina Arch. Standing above the cobbled streets and in front of the hulking Volcán de Agua, this saffron-yellow arch has become the symbol of Antigua and the central image on most postcards.

To critics, it might just be another arch, but to locals, it represents the resilience of the city and a history that spans four centuries.

The city’s amazing architecture is only beat out by the city’s dedication to beautiful handmade textiles.

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Made using natural dyeing techniques and sold at workshops and bustling open-air markets across the city, fabrics, and textiles are a must-buy souvenir.

The entire region surrounding Antigua is also a hub of coffee production.

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Guatemala is known around the world for its great coffees and at Finca La Azotea, which has been producing coffee since 1883, visitors can learn more about one of Antigua’s most valuable exports.

During a tour of the property, which is certified by the Rainforest Alliance, coffee enthusiasts can see how the raw fruit – which grows in dense, shaded rows of trees – is cultivated, harvested and processed. A portion of the plantation’s profits benefits local education programs focused on the preservation of the environment and Guatemalan culture.

And some of the world’s best chocolates come from Guatemala.

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For chocolate lovers, Guatemala is a sweet place to be.

This is especially true in Antigua, where chocoholics can try chocolate bars, amazing truffles and liquor-filled bonbons. The city is full of artisanal sweet shops.

And as if this weren’t enough to tempt a sweet tooth, Antigua boasts its own chocolate museum. In addition to producing edible cacao products, the ChocoMuseo educates the public about the entire chocolate-making process through interactive workshops, beautifully crafted exhibits and entertaining tours.

The city is surrounded by jaw-droppingly beautiful volcanoes.

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As Antigua is known for its volcanic activity, it would be a mistake not to climb one. Pacaya is the easiest, and you’ll still get the excitement of seeing lava spew from the volcano’s mouth, as well as getting the opportunity to buy lava jewelry from the isolated gift shop near the summit.

And if you want to explore a bit more, Antigua isn’t too far from Lake Atitlan.

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A side trip to the magical, mysterious Lake Atitlán may seem like a long way, but the enchanting beauty of the water, which sits in a volcanic crater, is well worth it. It’s about 2½ hours by shuttle bus or you can catch the local “chicken bus” from the bus station at Calle Principal.

There are more than a dozen Mayan villages to stay in, but your best bet is Panajachel, a bohemian haven. It’s big enough to provide everything a visitor needs, but not so big that you can’t experience local culture.

With its towering volcanoes (accessible by challenging day hikes), booming coffee scene and bevy of boutique hotels, Antigua is quickly garnering appeal as one of the most enticing cities in Central America.

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