Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes

The National Institute of Fine Arts is the cultural organism of the Mexican government responsible for stimulating artistic production, promoting the dissemination of the arts and organizing artistic education throughout the national territory. Its mission is to spread and promote the arts, literature and national artistic heritage; education and artistic research, cultural diversity and cultural rights equally. (National Institute of Fine Arts)

One of the important services the institute provides for the nation is to protect, along with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, monuments and buildings deemed cultural patrimony. INAH is entrusted with ‘archaeological’ (pre-Hispanic and paleontological) and ‘historical’ (post-Conquest 16th to 19th centuries) structures, zones and remnants, while INBAL is entrusted with ‘artistic’ buildings and monuments (properties that are of significant aesthetic value). The valuation of aesthetic value is left to the Comisión Nacional de Zonas y Monumentos Artísticos (National Commission of Artistic Zones and Monuments). This commission is composed of the Director of INBAL, a representative of the Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Ecología, a representative of UNAM, and three individuals affiliated with the arts picked by the Director. Edifices deemed worthy by the commission are catalogued in the Registro Público de Monumentos y Zonas Artísticos. (Wikipedia)

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