U.S. Ambassador Phyllis Powers rolled up her sleeves and dabbled in a bit of masonry this morning by placing the foundation stone for the new Nicaraguan-North American Cultural Center (CCNN) that is being built in Managua.
The new cultural center, built with U.S. funds, will have 40 classrooms, a library, a modern information technology lab, and an auditorium that can seat 200 people. The building will be used primarily as a space to teach English classes and promote US-Nicaraguan culture, including art, dance, theater and bilingual literary groups.
“This center is the physical expression of an idea: The conviction that the most constructive and lasting relationships between countries are between the people and communities, even more than the governments,” Powers said during today’s cornerstone ceremony. “Through the relations between our people and our communities, we can achieve great things together, culturally, socially and economically.”
The CCNN has existed for 70 years in Nicaragua, promoting cross-cultural appreciation and offering educational courses and language training to children and adults.
The new cultural center is being built in front of the Chamán disco-bar, south of Tiscapa Lagoon.