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U.S. Embassy Delegation Visits BNC Alianza in Artigas

The Binational Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary

Posted: April 16, 2005

A U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein visited on April 13, the Hemingway Binational Center (Alianza) located in the city of Artigas, approximately 300 miles north of Montevideo. Artigas has a population of over 40,000 and it borders with Brazil to the north.

The delegation, which included the Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission James Williard, Consul Stephen Barneby, Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez, and Management Officer David Savastuk, was received by the Alianza Artigas Marching Band, the center's director Mary Ignacio Da Silva, teachers Nidia Balbuena and Marylen Aguirre, and approximately 100 of their students.

Founded in 1989, the Hemingway Center - Alianza Artigas has become one of the most important English teaching institutes in the city. Over the past 15 years, the center has made a significant impact on the community and the director constantly promotes American culture through special courses and the organization of various bi-cultural events. The Alianza Artigas Marching Band is well known and its music blends aspects of both the American and Uruguayan cultures.

Ambassador Silverstein presented the Alianza with a large box of English teaching books, a special coffee table book about the United States, a U.S. flag previously flown over the Embassy in Montevideo, and a trumpet for the band. The visit coincided with the inauguration of a new classroom facility adjacent to the main building.

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The Alianza Artigas Marching Band welcomes U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and his delegation to Artigas. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
The Alianza Artigas Marching Band welcomes U.S. Embassy delegation
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein is greeted by several people gathered in front of the Artigas BNC. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein is greeted by several people gathered in front
of the Artigas BNC.
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The Alianza Artigas Marching Band performs in front of the Artigas BNC as U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and his delegation look on from the balcony. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Marching Band performs in front of the Artigas BNC as U.S. Embassy delegation looks on from the balcony.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and his wife Audrey enjoying the musical performance by the Alianza Artigas Marching Band. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador and Mrs. Audrey Silverstein enjoying the musical performance.
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Artigas BNC director Mary Ignacio Da Silva, U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, Mrs. Audrey Silverstein. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Artigas BNC director Mary Ignacio Da Silva with Ambassador and Mrs. Audrey Silverstein.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein chats with students at the Alianza BNC in Artigas. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein chats with students
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Ambassador Silverstein examines some of the books donated to the Alianza BNC in Artigas by the U.S. Embassy. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein examines some of the books donated to the Alianza by the U.S. Embassy.
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Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein participate in photo op with students and parents at the Alianza BNC in Artigas. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Students and parents pose with Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein receives Alianza t-shirt from BNC director I. Da Silva. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein receives Alianza t-shirt from BNC director.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein sips maté tea, a traditional Uruguayan drink, during his visit to the Alianza BNC in Artigas. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein sips bitter maté tea in front of the BNC.
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Artigas BNC director I. Da Silva receives a U.S. flag from Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
BNC director I. Da Silva receives a U.S. flag from Ambassador Silverstein
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Artigas BNC director I. Da Silva shows off a trumpet donated by the U.S. Embassy to the Alianza Artigas Marching Band. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
BNC director I. Da Silva shows off a trumpet donated by the U.S.
Embassy to the Alianza Artigas Marching Band.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein dances the tango with a member of the Alianza Artigas Marching Band. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein dances a tango with band member.
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Upon leaving the Artigas BNC, Ambassador Silverstein is greeted by several children gathered outside. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Upon leaving the BNC, Ambassador Silverstein is greeted by several children gathered outside.
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