Children’s Art Prize excite winners
By Hannah Jarmain
The Winners of the Children’s Art Prizes were presented before 400 people in the packed Teatro Ángela Peralta on Saturday, November 10. This is the third annual Art Awards Ceremony hosted by the Children’s Art Foundation to give recognition to all contest participants. Six hundred children who participated came from 15 district schools in centro and three schools in the campo areas: Fajardo de Bocas, Rancho Viejo and Palo Colorado. There was a huge crowd of excited children in front of the theater that afternoon. Buses transported children from the campo and volunteers were on hand to monitor the crowd. This became the children’s annual “pilgrimage” for the love of art.
For a young kid growing up in the poor countryside, the concept of an art class doesn’t really exist. Most rural schools consist of kindergarden through sixth grade and teachers struggle to stretch their limited resources. Few schools have electricity or running water. Most students aren’t only required to buy uniforms and school supplies but also staples, chalk, trash bags and toilet paper. According to UNICEF statistics an average family has 5.2 mouths to feed on an income of 56 pesos a day which doesn’t allow for any discretionary spending, much less on art supplies for their children.
The Children’s Art Foundation offers its free Literacy through Art education to children in the campo to fill the void and motivate children to express themselves through visual art and written words. Some of the winners’ fantastic work and stories are below.
FI7. Fabián Salvador Rayas Grimaldi, 12. “Just say NO!”
Once upon a time, a boy named Leonardo. He lived in San Miguel de Allende. Leonardo suffered because an old man of his street wanted to force him to drink alcohol and smoke but Leonardo didn’t. He instead of telling his parents tried to defend himself. Three months passed, when his parents noticed that Leonardo was weird, so they asked him what’s wrong, and then he told them the truth. His parents called the authorities and the old man was imprisoned by child’s abuse, since that day Leonardo could finally sleep.
R53. María José López Ruiz , 10. “The dreams of Lucas”
Once upon a time a boy named Lucas lived in a remote village and he didn’t know how to read until his mother took him to the city and they visited the library where they read several books. Lucas was amazed by the lectures. When he returned home, he told all of his friends what happened in the city and when Lucas went to sleep, the adventure begun: his dream was about his journey inside a book, becoming a fisher man and the fishes were colorful books and when he was speaking letter came out of his mouth his world was fantastic. Lucas is 15 years now, but reading books is still the best thing to him.
FB3. Juana Marisol Juárez Rubio, 10. “ Rain”
I like to see how it rains, because at the end with some sunlight a rainbow appears with many pretty and brilliant colors. I’d like that one day I could reach the end of a rainbow and see if I can find a treasure and give it to my father so he would not have to go North.
B8. Emilio Negrete Hernández, 9. “The crocodile that ate fruit”
Once upon a time a crocodile mom who had four baby crocodiles; one night when the Mom was sleeping, some fruits of all kind fell from the sky over one egg. One week later… the four crocodiles were hatched. They went to the pond to find food, the Mom started to feed them meat, but to it surprise one of the baby crocodiles didn’t want meat, so it got back and hit the apple tree, three apples fell and the baby crocodile jumped up and ate them in one bite
A trip to visit our kids’ art class in Palo Colorado: Saturday, November 24, at 11am we leave from Gallery One on Codo 1, Centro. We return to Centro at 1 pm. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.