Children's Art Foundation
By learning to express themselves through painting and writing, children develop greater self-confidence and esteem.
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.
Imagination, Critical Thinking, and Passion are the goals of the art curriculum. By learning to express themselves through painting and writing stories, children develop greater self-confidence and self-esteem as well as important social skills such as goal setting, problem-solving and teamwork.
The CAF curriculum consists of 33 weeks of classes during an academic year including:
- Professionally instructed art classes (including mural painting).
- An art contest and awards.
- An exhibit of the winners' work at Bellas Artes.
- Field trips to famous artists' studios, and play and paint at the botanical garden el Charco de Ingenio.
The Amistad Canada Literacy Through Art Project contributes to art teachers' salaries and the purchase of supplies (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).
The culmination of each year is the publication of Creative Children of San Miguel, a colourful bilingual book of the students' best work.
CAF plans to resume its full Literacy Through Art program as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, CAF is developing a new teaching process using advanced technology that will eventually allow at least 1,000 children in the remotest communities to participate.