This holiday season, La Biblioteca is looking for art heroes

By Julieta Moreno

Who does not have among their childhood memories one in which all the colors around us and the wonders of the world of imagination were within our reach, just by grabbing a paint brush and a set of paints?

Within this tradition, La Biblioteca opens its Children’s Painting Workshop doors to 65 children who come in and enjoy an experience full of color, learning, self-expression, fun and discovery.

The Children’s Painting Workshop of La Biblioteca was established during the birth of the institution itself; throughout the 60 years of existence of La Biblioteca, this class has received more than three generations of San Miguel de Allende’s young and creative residents. Those who once attended class as children now attend – years later – as parents or grandparents, bringing the new generation to experience the same great program. The workshop has been housed in three different rooms within La Biblioteca, adapting to the growth and expansion of the program and the institution, and has now been established for the past four years in a classroom in the second floor.

Today, these 65 children are following in the footsteps of teacher Irineo Muñoz, who adds his unique perspective to the painting workshop, as he himself was once a student of the class he now teaches with the love and motivation to help students better their work and themselves.

Muñoz began to paint at the age of eight, and has always been recognized for his talent. In 1990 at age 18, he was invited to return to La Biblioteca to lead the painting program after the culmination of his drawing and painting studies at Bellas Artes, a program he attended on a scholarship from La Biblioteca. He has always expressed his gratitude to La Biblioteca, which has been his home for several years now. The painting class is the prime example of this and is where he transmits his gratitude and love for what he does to new generations.

After other responsibilities drew him away from the painting program for several years, his return has brought the program up to a standard never seen before. The quality of the class has improved dramatically and the children have developed better painting techniques, a fact perhaps most evident in their success in local, state and national competitions.

This holiday season, La Biblioteca asks all those art fans who are looking to give an original gift to consider this wonderful class, which is completely free of charge to the children who attend and get so much out of it. By supporting the program, you will be one of our Art Heroes who allow us to maintain continuity in the program and continue providing an incredible experience for our young artists, time after time. Our goal is to provide the children with tools that will help them develop deeply rooted values enabling them to express themselves and interact with their world in a healthy and participatory way.

There are various ways of supporting and becoming part of this wonderful class. Donations can be made in various manners, such as: donating of painting materials (new or used), cash donating that support the purchase of materials, donating of a class if you are an artist and would like to share your experience and knowledge with the new generations, donating art books, donation of time to work on new projects with the children, purchase of our post cards, etc. All help is welcome; if you would like to meet the class write to us. We will arrange a time for you to meet both the instructors and the children, who are the life of the program.

Don’t forget that our Christmas postcards are available at the Tienda for 10 pesos each. Also, should you want to see the designs we have available, we can send you our catalogue and you can place an order of the designs that you like the most.


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