As published this morning in the Official Gazette. the Secretariat of Culture – led until today by Secretary of Culture Jorge Coscia – has been upgraded to Ministry status and Coscia has been
fired told that he did a great job, but it’s time for him to move on. The secretary in fact resigned, allegedly at the request of the President.
The Kirchner administration modified the Law of Ministries for the first time since 2009 to promote culture to its rightful place among the Ministries. The decree recognized the importance of culture to the development and social cohesion of the nation, mentioning “cultural diversity,” “integration of minority communities,” gender equality and “the relationship between urban and rural communities” as contributing factors in the decision to make this adjustment.
The document went on to reinforce how important culture is in advancing important political, economic and financial reforms.
President Kirchner’s choice for Minister of Culture is Teresa Parodi, a celebrated folklore singer and composer from Corrientes, who has apparently been close to Kirchner for years. Born Teresa Adelina Sellares, her musical career began more than 30 years ago, and since then she has toured with Astor Piazzolla, written more than 500 theater scores, and released more than 30 albums. Among her many awards are the Konex Award for Composer of the Decade in 1995, the National Foundation for the Arts’ Grand Prize in 1999, and the National Prize for the Arts and Sciences in 2011. She also has five children.
Unsurprisingly, she has been a steadfast ally to Cristina Kirchner, participating in many of Kirchner’s official functions. She is quoted as having said that Kirchner has done an “incredible job” as president.
Considering that all politicians are bad people, we applaud the decision to appoint a folklore singer to this position. As long as she doesn’t turn into a politician, that is.