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Experience literacy through art with the Children’s Art Foundation of San Miguel

By Hannah Jarmain

“Literacy through Art” is a unique program designed to inspire children to paint and write stories. Children have unlimited imagination. We tap into this imagination every way we can to further the art of self-expression.

Children’s art exhibit/ book launch
Sat, Sep 22, 5-8pm
“Calle San Miguel Festival”
Feed The Hungry Event
Inst. Allende
Ancha San Antonio 30

The Children’s Art Corner is nestled inside the beautiful garden of the Instituto Allende and can be found by following the blue and yellow balloons marking the way from the entrance. We know that you will be thrilled to meet a group of enthusiastic children from Palo Colorado on their first field trip of the school year. There will be an extensive exhibit of original paintings by our children with most priced at less than US$10. We have collected hundreds of lovely stories and amazing paintings by the children of San Miguel de Allende, ranging in age five to 12. A collection of these paintings and stories can be found in our latest book entitled Creative Children of San Miguel’s Art Book. Please be sure to get your copy including our 2013 Children’s Art Calendar and greeting cards while enjoying the celebratory atmosphere of “Calle San Miguel”.

Proceeds from the sale of books, calendars and greeting cards support the “Literacy Through Art” program benefiting our students and the children of the campo.

All the work at the Children’s Art Foundation is conducted by volunteers except our exceptionally qualified and dedicated Spanish-speaking teachers. Our classes take place every Saturday in the campo from 10am to 12pm. Come help, and your work will be rewarded with a shy smile, a splattered apron and mischievous stories.

The Children’s Art Foundation of San Miguel was founded for the purpose of enriching children’s lives through art with an emphasis on helping children in the campo. To visit our classes or to volunteer, please click on: or email

Jimena Gonzáles Zapatero. Age 11. In CAF’s Saturday art class at Palo Colorado

“Once upon a time, there were three brothers. Two of them were fine. The other one was silly. They had a chicken and every time they talked about killing it, they said not to give any to the silly brother because he was a fool.

Came the day they killed the chicken and it was dark when the brother said, “…the one who has the most beautiful dream will eat all the chicken.”

The next morning, the three of them sat at the table and talked about their dreams. The older brother said “I dreamed about the Glory and saw God.” “Oh yeah, I saw you elevating and I took your hand,” said the middle brother, “and I,” said the silly brother, “saw you both leaving and I ate the chicken.”

If you would like to meet Jimena and her friends from Palo Colorado, please join us Saturday, September 22, at the annual celebration of Feed the Hungry’s Food Festival “Calle San Miguel”, a festive occasion for a very good cause.

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