According to the creator and director of the center, Miguel Barnet, the site “will surely exercise its role as an academic center and its calls will establish a close relationship with San Geronimo de La Habana and the Cuban Institute of Anthropology.”
Therefore, Barnet highlighted, among its primary purposes is to contribute to the dissemination of contemporary Cuban thought and studies related to national, Caribbean and Latin American culture.
Likewise, he listed among his objectives is to offer a space that allows the debate and exchange of Cuban and international specialists through seminars, conferences, symposiums, courses, exhibitions, among other actions.
The opening of the place, located in the so-called Callejón de Jústiz, brought together the Minister of Culture, Alpidio Alonso, the Vice Minister of Culture, Fernando Rojas, and the president of Casa de las Américas, Abel Prieto, among other leaders and creators.
Founded on September 21, 1995, the Foundation emerged as a public and civil, non-governmental, non-profit cultural entity aimed at promoting the work of the named third discoverer of Cuba.
From its conception, it focused on the development of scientific studies in the areas of anthropology, linguistics, musicology, religiosity, and ethnology related to Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American identities.
On the Day of the Cuban Historian, the inauguration of the space becomes an achievement in the dissemination and preservation of culture that should thank men like Ortiz, Eusebio Leal Spengler and Emilio Roig de Leuchsenring.