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Corcoran meets Ojalá!

By Elsmarie Norby

Two directors and four students from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC came to San Miguel de Allende in March and discovered the wonderful world of Ojalá Niños. In the small rural village of San Miguel Viejo, just outside San Miguel, this is a weekly, year-round after-school art, music and literacy program for 100 local children, ages 3-18.

Lynn Sures, Robert Devers and students, Arnold, Jessica, Mayte and Umair came on

Sunday, March 17 to see the program and offer an afternoon of creative art adventures that gave every child a chance to paint with their feet, weave garlands from carrizo leaves and tell stories with chalk drawings. Ojalá volunteers, teachers and board members participated also and a joyous time was had by all!

The Corcoran has a gallery at the Fábrica Aurora, 13-C, where you can see the work of Corcoran’s teachers and students – and now a canvas by Ojalá Niños.

You are invited to visit Ojala classes on Wednesday afternoons. For more information, contact Lizette Martinez at to learn about the perfect way for you to volunteer. Contact Emmett Coyne:,

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