Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Ambassador of Gabriela Mistral and the Arts
Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, who participates as a volunteer in a dozen non-profit organizations, has presided the Gabriela Mistral Foundation in New York since 2014. She organizes actions to visibilize the work of the Nobel Laureate and undertakes projects that to better the quality of life of disadvantaged sectors of society. In 2018 the government of Chile awarded her the Dame of the Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral, in recognition of her extensive philanthropic and cultural work.
This past April 7, on Gabriela Mistral’s birthday, the foundation launched a landmark project, “Gabriela Mistral in the languages of the world”, in which representatives of 22 nations read the poet’s work in their own language. Additionally, two publications are underway for the second semester of this year, planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Nobel Prize accorded to Mistral.
In January 2020 – before the pandemic- the foundation held a Marketing and Funding Training workshop for Chilean craftswomen who are part of the Fundación Artesanías de Chile. During eight days it shared with and trained the artisans, considered human treasures, whose creations represent the wealth of Chile’s artisan cultural expressions. “It was a privilege to organize the workshop, and we learned so much from these women,” says Garafulic-Grabois.
The Foundation had planned a series of programs for the months of February through June. It held an event in Madrid and opened an exhibit in the Canary Islands, before the pandemic altered its plans, suspending activities in the United States and other countries.
“In May we are holding a poetry competition for children and young people in Frankfurt, and the video book “Lucila y las palabras” (“Lucila and Words”) on the life of Gabriela Mistral will be translated. We are also preparing two publications to be launched during the second half of the year, on the 75th anniversary of the Nobel Prize to Gabriela Mistral,” she explains.
In the United States, one of the Foundation’s most groundbreaking projects came about in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education: the Gabriela Mistral Campus. This five-story building in the heart of the predominantly latino neighborhood of Corona, in the borough of Queens – a district that during several weeks was the epicenter of the coronavirus- is a public school that is attended by more than 800 children, 98% of them Latin Americans.
Gloria Garafulic-Grabois, who is international director of the Chilean Committee of the NMWA, lives in New Jersey and works in New York City, one of the urban areas hardest hit by the Covid-19. In this regard, she noted, “It is a hard lesson to learn – I’m sure that others will arise as well – and our hope is that the world will become more compassionate, spiritual, and will strengthen concern its for others and for our planet.”
For more information about this institution, please refer to its sitio web: www.gabrielamistralfoundation.org