By learning to express themselves through painting and writing, children develop greater self-confidence and esteem

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The culmination of each year is the publication of “Creative Children of San Miguel”, a colourful bilingual book of the students’ best work.

Through its Literacy Through Art program, The Children’s Art Foundation (CAF) offers supplemental education to students in and around San Miguel de Allende, providing children – especially in remote communities – an otherwise unavailable opportunity to experience the excitement of creativity.

In the words of Hannah McCurley, founder and executive director of CAF, “Imagination, critical thinking and passion!” are the goals of the art curriculum.

By learning to express themselves through painting and writing, the children develop greater self-confidence and esteem, as well as important social skills such as problem-solving and teamwork.

The CAF curriculum consists of 33 weeks of:

  • Professionally instructed art classes (including mural painting),
  • An art contest and awards,
  • An exhibit of the winners at Bellas Artes,
  • Field trips to various artists’ studios and el Charco de Ingenio botanical garden.

Donations made through Amistad Canada contribute to art teachers’ salaries and the purchase of supplies such paints, paper, brushes, canvas, clay figures, books etc.

Each teacher spends two hours per week at participating schools. This results in approximately 165 classes per year (plus extra-curricular activities). Many of the instructors are painters themselves, and study at Bellas Artes.

The culmination of each year is the publication of “Creative Children of San Miguel”, a colourful bilingual book of the students’ best work.

Since its foundation in 2010, with the help of Amistad, over a thousand children have participated in the CAF program.

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