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SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 9TH, 6 - 8.30PM
QUITO - LOUISVILLE 50th Anniversary Celebration
Join Sister Cities of Louisville November 9th to celebrate the vibrant 50 year history between Louisville and Quito, Ecuador.
Hear from the Quito Chair about the history of our two cities; educational, medical and cultural programs with inspirational stories.
Enjoy video presentations from IUS students who have travelled to Quito and learn about the effects their experiences had on them.
Taste traditional Ecudorian tapas
This is a family event and that is open to members and non-members alike. There is no charge so please invite your friends. RSVPs required.
NOVEMBER 9TH 6:00 - 8:30pm
620 S. 3rd Street, 40202
Our artists from Quito (Emilio Silva ,MarĂa Augusta Montero, and Carmen Betariz Guallpa) in the St. James Court Art Show, October 5-8.
VICTOR EMILIO SILVA CALDERO
CARMEN BEATRIZ GUALLPA MONTERO
MARIA AGUSTA MONTERO ALVAREZ
October 11, 2012-Quito Artists Workshop
Take time to celebrate our relationship with Quito by joining in on our Ecuadorian Art Workshop. The event begins at 5:30 pm at JCTC. Spots are limited so be sure to email or call Sister Cities of Louisville for more information and to reserve your slot. The event is free if you provide your own canvas, otherwise there is a 5 dollar charge for materials.
Nestled nearly two miles beneath Mount Pichincha in the Andes near the equator, Quito is the capital of Ecuador. The Spanish settled Quito in 1534 and its official language is Spanish. The heart of the city remains exactly as it was in colonial times, but in the surrounding areas, modern buildings designed by remarkable local architects are everywhere. The Mayor, Concejales and the Prefecto direct city affairs. Exported products of the areas are flowers, tuna, rice, coffee, bananas, cotton, and petroleum. For additional information on Quito and Ecuador, please see the Culture Kit.
Quito became Louisville's second Sister City in 1962. Since its origins, the Louisville Quito committee is notably active in the areas of sharing medical knowledge, municipal cooperation, and humanitarian aid. In addition, the Quito committee remains true to its mission in offering multicultural exchange opportunities, which include educational, cultural, and artistic exchanges.
The committee is supportive of city development projects in Quito. In 2002, the committee worked with the city of Louisville to arrange for the Louisville Fire Department to donate a fire truck, and ambulance, and 50 fire suits to the city of Quito. In exchange, SCLĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Quito partners provided assistance in helping SCL and the City of Louisville educate the Louisville Spanish speaking community on fire-safety measures.
Throughout the 1990s, the committee aided Quito in the areas of public health, sanitation, water purification measure, and poison control. Several Louisville delegates traveled to Quito to give seminars and raise public awareness about the latest research in these fields. Over the years, the committee has provided financial assistance to Quito in several ways. In 1999, it raised money to help clean up ash from the volcanic eruption of Mount Pichincha. Also in 1999, it donated textbooks, computers, medical equipment, and volunteered numerous hours of professional training to its twin city.
In years past Sister City committee members worked with a medical cooperative to arrange an annual medical conference. This conference allowed the Quito committee to offer medical assistance, research, technology, and medical equipment to Quito. Sister CitiesĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ members in the medical field have provided Quito citizens with medical operations that they could not have afforded or obtained otherwise. In 1999, the Quito committee helped organize the Andean Nation Toxicology conference in Quito in conjunction with the World Health Organization the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health.
Cultural Educational Exchanges
The Quito committee often sponsors student exchanges by offering grants to cover living and educational expenses. Several Quite students have benefited from the SCL Music Scholarship and the Monsky-Wolf Scholarship at the University of Louisville. Through the SCL scholarship, the Quito committee sponsored AmeriaManta, and Ecuadorian music group (1990 and 2001), a classical guitarist (1995 and 2000) and a painter (2000).