The Plenary validated the project presented by Rosario Álvarez, who expressed her desire to continue with a non-presidential direction but marked by a participative management that contributes to activating the involvement of the members of the Plenary with those of the Sections, Commissions and Archives. In her speech, the President-elect stressed the importance of strengthening the institution internally and strengthening the cohesion of the system, seeking a fluid dialogue with cultural agents of all kinds. In addition, he claimed the need to offer spaces of confluence for the whole of society to share reflections, concerns, balances, proposals for the future, problems and solutions, formation and dissemination of new knowledge, always around Galician culture.
Rosario Álvarez will appear as president-elect in the Parliament of Galicia and her appointment will be made by the Council of the Xunta de Galicia and then published in the Official Gazette of Galicia (DOG). After its official incorporation, the Plenary Assembly of the Galician Council of Culture will elect the members of the new Executive Commission on the proposal of the President.
The project presented by Rosario Álvarez for the next four years responds to the principle of participatory programming, in which the entire organization chart of the institution collaborates, as well as a growing number of partners from the entire system. It will maintain the initiatives that were already underway, such as the program of activities following a coherent institutional model; the digital programming and communication strategy; reports, working papers and advice; the enrichment, management and exploitation of the funds of the documentation centers of the GCC, with an express mention of the need to make visible the photographic funds of the institution.
The commitment to equal opportunities for access to culture and its enjoyment also continues as lines of work; the design of strategies to reach new audiences with the aim of disseminating the values of the Galician language and culture; and work for the internationalization of Galician culture.
Among the most immediate actions is the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Galician Council of Culture, with its own program designed not only to make the institution and the relevance of its work visible, but also to open a new stage of full maturity.
Review of the first four years
During Rosario Álvarez’s first mandate, 358 activities were carried out, with an average of 71 per year. The search for new audiences, rethinking approaches, themes, communication formats and activities, as well as the diversification of activities outside the institutional headquarters in Santiago, are some of the central axes of its action. During these four years, the consultancy activity has been reinforced, with 191 reports, working documents, barometers and conjunctures. Some of them are as remarkable as the one carried out on the impact of wind energy on the cultural landscape in Galicia, on the heritage fund of the Galician Center of Buenos Aires or on the situation of the Galician theater. In addition, it has contributed to intensifying studies on cultural reality, especially during the crisis caused by the Covid.
In this mandate, he highlighted the constitution of the Documentation Center on Equality and Feminism (CDIF) as a means of strengthening the line of archives and documentation centers of the institution, focused on making available to the public a bibliographic, webgraphic, hemerographic and audiovisual documentation service. , specialized and constantly updated.
During this period, the external action of the institution has been reinvigorated and, in 2021, it approved a new action plan that has four main axes: Galicia dispersed (of emigration and exile), Portuguese-speaking countries, the relationship with Europe and the Atlantic. position of Galicia.
During these four years, a line of innovation has been developed in formats that have been integrated into the institution’s programming and which have materialized in the production of audiovisual projects such as “As mulleres do porvir” or ” Aquí medra a lingua”, of podcasts such as ‘A Lindona de Galicia’ or ‘A camisa’, among other performances.
Rosario Álvarez holds a doctorate in philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) where she developed her teaching and research work at the Department of Romanesque Philology and the Department of Galician Philology. She has been a professor in the field of Galician and Portuguese Philology since 1998. In this university she was also Vice-Rector of Teaching Staff (1990-1994), Director of the Department of Galician Philology (1995-1999) and Director of the Galician Language Institute (2005-2013).
Its lines of research follow three axes: the study of the descriptive grammar of the Galician language, with a synchronous perspective, but with attention to the history of the Galician language and to the Portuguese-Galician contrastive grammar; linguistic variations and changes, both in current Galician and in Old and Middle Galician; and the editing and study of texts in Galician and Galician from the stage prior to the Rexurdimento.
Álvarez is a member of the Galician Linguistic Atlas (Alga) team, co-author of two Galician grammars, with Monteagudo/Regueira (1986) and Xove (2002), and principal researcher of the grammar writing team of the Royal Academy of Galicia. She is also director of the Treasure of the Galician and Portuguese Heritage Lexicon, in which teams from Galicia, Portugal and Brazil collaborate, and co-director of the ‘Gondomar project. Digital corpus of Galician texts from Modern Idade’; at the CCG, he is also responsible for the “Gallaeciae Monumenta Historica” project.
Since 2003 she has been a member of the Royal Academy of Galicia, of which she was treasurer (2013-2017), coordinates the grammar seminar and directs the language section.