Mission EDC Portal opens global economic windows

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Mission EDC Portal opens global economic windows

Portals bring the world to Mission

Opening on Feb. 17 at the Center for Education and Economic Development is a window to the world for people in the RGV. The Mission Economic Development Corporation and Shared_Studios are bringing in the global public art initiative Portals to Mission. This allows participants to “come face-to-face with a stranger in an identical Portal located in a different part of the world, but can converse live as if in the same room.”

Portals are located throughout the United States and worldwide from Mexico to Rwanda. More than 25,000 people have engaged in one-on-one dialogues around the world through Portals. This one in Mission is the first located along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mission EDC CEO Alex Meade also emphasizes the Portal’s potential as a multidisciplinary educational tool. “The Portal offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect to one another, for artists to teach workshops, and even for people to take language classes,” he says.

“This is a demographic that is hard to reach. Most people outside of Texas have never heard or visited Mission, yet unbeknownst to most, our region plays a crucial part in the country’s current economic and cultural climate,” says Meade. “The Mission EDC Portal will allow us to actively insert our story into the global narrative.”

In addition, thousand of users have turned Portals into a global community space. Uses include hosting classes, creative collaborations and public performances.

The Mission Portal will remain open for one year starting on Feb. 17.

For more information or to reserve the use of the Mission EDC Portal, contact Program Director at Mission EDC Cristina Garza at cgarza@missionedc.com. For more information on the project Portals, visit Sharedstudios.com.

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