Program: Palas por pistolas
- Grantee Location: Mexico City
- Focus Area: Innovation
- Geographic Focus: U.S.-Mexico Border
- Amount: $10,000 USD
- Partners: Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
Statement of Purpose
This grant covers for the salary of a project manager for 7 months to develop the project Palas por Pistolas. (PxP), or turning guns into shovels that are in turn used to plant trees. As part of the Innovation Fund of the USMF, PxP project is an opportunity to make a statement in a subtle way. It touches both sides of the border through important components such as: 1) Environment, 2) Safer communities, 3) Civic engagement, and 4) Education and awareness building. The program is gaining a great deal of support and momentum on both sides of the border. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan held a dinner at his residence in Washington, D.C. in honor of Pedro Reyes and the project in February, referring to Pedro´s project as “brilliant” and a very effective use of “soft power”.
It is thought that for the USMF to support a “soft power” project of this nature, there could be many advantages. For a relatively small investment, the project, which speaks to a number of different issues, could be leveraged for awareness about a shared environment and ecosystem, rebuilding social fabric for safer communities, and to offer communities on both sides of the border such as schools, community center, museums and the like to demonstrate in a simple way how our shared problems also have shared solutions.