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Formerly sparkling Mexico City’s cultural radiance is now in serious danger

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As Mexico’s cultural economy enters the second year of the pandemic, a funding crisis and accusations of favoritism towards a few projects are threatening the long-term survival of the country’s publicly-funded museums and heritage sites.

Citing corruption and waste under previous administrations, President López Obrador announced hefty budget cuts across all government departments in May 2019. The ministry of culture lost 75% of its operating budget and expects to receive a mere US$693 million this year, a severe blow to arts institutions and those who depend on them for their . . .

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