Third folk-art toy competition

By Jade Arroyo

The Mexican folk-art toy museum, “La Esquina” (The Corner), in conjunction with FONART (National Fund to Promote Handicrafts), has organized a contest to seek out the best Mexican folk-art toy makers. This year, it celebrates its third edition. Last week the call for this year’s competition was publicized.

La Esquina has the mission of preserving and promoting traditional toys in Mexico and also generating initiatives that benefit the artisans who are keeping the tradition alive. The competition is a way to support and showcase these folk artists.

The invitation was sent out to artisans from all regions of the country who produce toys made of pottery, textiles, fiber, wood, lacquer, paper, cardboard or metal and also musical instruments. A new category this year is novelty designs. Many of the pieces entered in previous years were acquired by the toy museum and have been exhibited there and across Mexico.

This year 36 awards will be given out, a total of 350,000 pesos, sponsored by FONART and the Fundación para la Conservación (Conservation Foundation). Registration of pieces for the competition began July 8 and closes August 23 in San Miguel and August 30 in the city of Guanajuato.

The awards ceremony and the opening of the exhibition of winning pieces will be held September 26 at Parque Bicentenario in Guanajuato.

A main objective of the contest is show the younger generation these beautiful, traditional toys and to rescue this tradition that has contributed to the identity of the Mexican people. In a world driven by technological and digital advances and mass production, popular toys cannot be replaced: they are one of a kind.

For complete information about the contest and the museum “La Esquina” visit their website at or visit the museum at Nuñez 40, where photos of pieces from the competitions held in 2011 and 2012 are on display.

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