Down Madrid turned 30

Down Madrid celebrated last October 30 in the auditorium of Mutua Madrileña, the gala ’30 anniversary Down Madrid ‘, an event to commemorate that this Foundation has spent three decades betting on the real inclusion in society of people with intellectual disabilities and claim that their rights as citizens are fulfilled.

Down Madrid was born 30 years ago thanks to the work of a group of mothers and fathers with children with Down syndrome who joined in order to create a meeting point for families and professionals dedicated to this and other intellectual disabilities. In these three decades, the objectives and initiatives of the Foundation have evolved as society has changed and depending on the barriers that people in this group have encountered. Currently, Down Madrid aims at the personal autonomy of these people, their real inclusion in all areas of society and the fulfillment of their rights.

The event was attended by the Minister of Social Policies, Family, Equality and Birth of the Community of Madrid, Alberto Reyero; the general director of the Mutua Madrileña Foundation, Lorenzo Cooklin; the honorary president of Down Madrid, Carmen Fernández-Miranda; the president of the Down Madrid Board of Trustees, Ignacio Egea, the general director of Down Madrid, Elena Escalona and the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo.

During the gala, the Foundation rewarded entities and organizations for their commitment to the people of this group and their work to promote their inclusion in different fields. FEMADDI received the award for making sport accessible, the Thyssen Museum, the Royal Spanish Academy and the National Library of Spain for joining culture and intellectual disability and Renfe and Adif for promoting the autonomy of these people thanks to Renfe’s ‘Atendo’ program that it lends itself in the stations of Adif. In addition, the trajectory of the research scientist specialized in Pharmacology and study of the brain, Jesús Flórez, was recognized for a lifetime dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.

All the winners received a 30th anniversary commemorative sculpture created by the president of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo.

In the photograph, José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the AEPE, together with Ana Santos Aramburo, Director of the National Library, Aurora Egido Martínez, Academic and Secretary of the Royal Spanish Academy and Evelio Acevedo, Managing Director of the Thyssen Museum

(Español) Lucía Velarde de Castro

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The AEPE on Routes of Cervantes Google

On 8 June at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid the act of global presentation of the project “Roads of Cervantes” that has made Google took place.

This is the first portal of the Google Cultural Institute dedicated to a writer in the world, with one of the most complete virtual exhibitions dedicated to Cervantes

At 12 am, in a ceremony presided by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and attended by the Director of the Laboratory of Google Cultural Institute Laurent Gaveau, the curator of the project and member of the Real Academia de la Historia, Alfredo Alvar, the director of Google Spain, Francisco Ruiz Anton and different personalities from the world of culture of Spain.

Routes Cervantes is one of the most complete Miguel de Cervantes, created as part of the activities scheduled for the fourth centenary of the death of the writer virtual samples.

In the project have collaborated eight Spanish institutions, among which are: Spanish Cultural Action, the General Department of State Archives, the Royal Spanish Academy, the Royal Theatre, EFE, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and Houses Cervantes Museum in Valladolid and Alcala de Henares.


At the ceremony, Jose Gabriel Astudillo Lopez, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, took the floor to present the collection to show and which participates AEPE entitled “CervARTES” and carrying roaming since last December for the main scenarios that scour the immortal genius.

The words have resonated in the Reina Sofia Museum, under the watchful gaze of the world, and has led the President, presented the vision of the sample as:

the homage of the artists of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and their particular vision of the essence of an immortal genius and his work.

CervARTES brings together a total of 45 artists with works in various techniques such as oil, acrylic, watercolor or digital printing.

Are artists and creators in Spain, selected with strict quality criteria from more than 200 submitted to the contest.

Artists offering proof of modernity, renovation and courageous vanguard in bold, colorful, classical paintings, which have a new figuration, a modern and elegant abstraction fantasy.

It is an exhibition for a year, is touring the stages of the life and work of Cervantes, making art the best means of communication by which thousands of schoolchildren will discover a little more and in a very different way, to Cervantes.

CervARTES is a didactic, modern and different exposure thanks to Google will transcend borders, such as daily do the works of Cervantes, and all this in the hands of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors just turned 106 years.

The Chicharro founded, Cecilio Plá, Sorolla, Benlliure and a long list of over 180 of the best artists.

The entity was created and exists to make art and culture, and that’s what we present in the Google Art Project.

At the ceremony, Jose Gabriel Astudillo has been accompanied by Juan de la Cruz Pallarés, Vice AEPE, Juan Manuel López-Reina and Martin Alberto Giraldo, Members of the entity, and Enrique Pedrero, CEO of Ciudad Real and Valdepeñas.

The process for incorporating the CervARTES exhibition at the Google Cultural Institute, has been a work of the General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Maria Dolores Barreda Perez, assisted by Itziar Zabalza Murillo, Advisor to the President and responsible scanning jobs Historical Archive “Pantorba Bernardino”.