Press Release: SCAS Presents an Immersive Mayan Cultural Experience

Nov 22, 2023

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota Presents an Immersive Mayan Cultural Experience at USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus – Selby Auditorium



SARASOTA, FL – The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) invites the community to join a captivating exploration of Mérida and the rich Mayan culture on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus – Selby Auditorium.

Sarasota Mayor Liz Alpert will warmly welcome presenters Luis Nunez Cervera and Yarima Barrera Pello at a Meet & Greet on Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Frida Lounge, Kolucan Restaurant. City Commissioner Debbie Trice will also attend, emphasizing the city’s commitment to fostering international connections.

Grisell Aleman, Director for Mérida, Mexico, is the driving force behind this event and is excited for the public to discover the history, arts, culture, and traditions of the Mayan civilization.

“This program will provide the public with the opportunity to learn about Sister Cities of Sarasota and its relationships with their global sister cities, preview upcoming programs, and discover what is so special about Mérida, Yucatán, México, in particular,” said Aleman.

This event celebrates cultural exchange and reflects the enduring friendship and collaboration established in 2010 by former Mayor Kelly Kirschner who ratified the Sister Cities Agreement between Sarasota and Mérida, Yucatán, México. At that time, City Director Michael Fehily, an Adjunct Professor at USF, actively participated in numerous projects and exchanges with Mérida, visiting our Sister City at least once a year.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus – Selby Auditorium, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243

The event is free and open to the public, offering an opportunity to engage with Mérida’s history, arts, culture, and traditions. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments and participate in discussions, fostering a deeper understanding of international cultures through the SCAS program.


About Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) is a dynamic non-profit organization committed to promoting peace, mutual respect, and global cooperation through city-to-city partnerships and international cultural exchanges. SCAS serves as a hub for citizen diplomacy, connecting the Sarasota community with its eight sister cities around the world. Its mission is to strengthen relationships through educational, cultural, and business initiatives that provide enriching experiences and opportunities for collaboration. Learn more at

About Sister Cities International

Founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between cities worldwide. With a mission to build global cooperation, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate economic development, Sister Cities International represents more than 500 member communities with relationships in over 2,000 communities across 140 countries.

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Grisell Aleman


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