Cultural Center Pablo Antonio Cuadra (PAC) is a place that promises to offer from Monday to Saturday a billboard with various activities that revolve around education, arts and culture. In this center, you will always be able to to enjoy painting and photograph exhibitions; yoga and painting workshops; as well as many different activities offered each week, like workshops 1 or 2 days long, concerts, recitals, book presentations, talks, plays, conferences, etc. It does not matter the day you choose, there will always be a cultural activity!
The PAC has two areas: a modern auditirium with capacity around 250 people, that has high-quality audio visual equipment and high-technology acoustic design; and a museum where photographic, paintings and handicrafts works are exhibited, depending on the time. This center is located on the top floor of the building Hispamer, two blocks from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).
The building Hispamer is divided into four areas:
- Hispamer bookstore
- Cultural Center Pablo Antonio Cuadra (auditorium and museum)
- El Molino coffee shop
The PAC has a museum where photographic, paintings and handicrafts works are always exhibited. Each exhibition can last up to 15 days, and are always free (no cover).
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Events and regular workshops -
- Cuentacudentos con la tía Karol
Hispamer bookstore and the PAC promote child reading through this event, where every Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, a story is theatrically interpreted.
This day, Hispamer bookstore offers *discounts on children's books*.
- Children workshop of painting and crafts
The PAC also offers workshops for children in painting and crafts (into one single workshop) in three different ways:
- Painting workshop for youngsters and adults
Taught by Roger Perez de la Rocha
- Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (US$80 per month)
Every three months painting exhibitions are held with the creations of its participants
- Yoga classes
- Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, taught by Victor Flores (US$40 per month)
The building Hispamer is large, so that if you decide to visit the PAC, you could also enjoy of other services that Hispamer offers, such as:
This is a technology shop that provides items like speakers, headphones, laptops, mini laptops, tablets, keyboards, projectors and printers. It also has a part where you can find Movistar mobiles.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm | Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Coffee Shop El Molino
This is a quite pleasant place where you can enjoy of a varied menu that goes from coffees (between US$1.60 to US$5) and vegetables and fruits smoothies, to wines and other liquors. El Molino also offers delicious dishes such as traditional breakfast, paninis, salads, desserts and trays of Iberian sausages, cheeses and hams. Catering service available!
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
How was the Cultural Center PAC born?
One of the leading figures of vanguardismo in Central America: the Nicaraguan poet, journalist, novelist, painter and essayist Pablo Antonio Cuadra (Managua, 1912-2002), with the CEO of Hispamer, Jesus of Santiago, kept long conversations about the need to have a place in Managua where the arts and education could converge without having to charge a single penny to the artists. From this idea, Mr. de Santiago was committed to Pablo Antonio Cuadra to make this dream come true, so in December 2013, Hispamer founded what was once the desire of Nicaraguan artist.
One of the main objectives of this center is to create spaces where activities and support citizenship projects are developed, without distinction of any kind (racial, religious, physical, sexual, generational, ideological, etc). These dynamics are focused on education, arts and culture.
For this reason, the PAC offers the opportunity to both national and international artists to create their own event where they can promote their works, ideas, projects, etc. From these activities is where the Cultural Weekly Agenda is created, which always takes place in the Auditorium, from Monday to Friday at 6:30 pm, and also on Saturdays, but this day schedule varies.
In most of these events entry is free!
How to present your artistic proposal?
The PAC's vision is to promote and support artists, mainly Nicaraguans, therefore, it has a policy of sponsorship for artists that present innovative and high-quality cultural projects.
First of all, the artist has to contact the PAC through this number: 22781210, and then ask to communicate with secretariat of the cultural center, so he/she can bring his/her proposal. This is evaluated by the Coordination Team.
Once approved, the PAC is in charge to provide:
1. The space for this activity
2. Resources such as audio, lights and visual projection
3. Support staff in areas of graphic design, public relations and event presentation
This support is accomplished through funding from Hispamer Bookstore, as part of its cultural commitment. However, if the artist needs specialized equipment for such activity, he/she must get it on their own.
It is recommended that the artist put forward his/her proposal a month in advance, as the agenda of the PAC is always very active and full of events.
If you go by bus, you just have to take any of these bus routes that passes by Universidad Centroamericana (UCA): 120, 110, 105, 119, 195, 210, 103, 114, 102, 168, 117 or 111, and then get off the bus at UCA bus station. From here, you walk two blocks east, and then 100 meters south.
Or if you come from "the old Managua": from the roundabout Ruben Dario, 1 block west and 1 block south.
The PAC is two blocks east from UCA. You don't have to worry about the parking lot because the PAC has a large one!