Christmas postcards showcase student art
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Although the tradition of sending printed holiday cards is disappearing in the digital age, the Biblioteca still offers traditional greeting cards that feature works of art by the painting students who take classes at the Biblioteca. Christmas cards are now available for purchase at La Tienda in the Biblioteca at Insurgentes 25. They cost ten pesos each, and the profits support the painting workshop.
Among the many cultural activities of the Biblioteca are painting classes for children. In 2011, in order to raise funds and have a sustainable workshop, the institution launched the “Pinceladas” project; the students’ best work is printed on postcards, not only to showcase their talent but also to foster and support their creativity.
Since 2011 these seasonal cards have been printed in keeping with the upcoming holiday, ranging from Day of the Dead to Valentine’s Day and Christmas. The cards go on sale two weeks before the holiday. The current Christmas cards on sale show panoramic views of the city with a piñata on the foreground as well as happy children breaking piñatas.
The post office is located on calle Correo at the corner of Corregidora. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am–4pm (it will be closed on December 25 and January 1, 2014). The price to send a postcard in an envelope to the United States or Canada is 11.50 pesos, and the card should be delivered within 15 days. To Europe the price is 15 pesos and the estimated time for delivery is 21 days. The price to Asia is 15 pesos and delivery could take from three to four weeks. Locally, the postage costs 7.50 pesos and mail reaches its destination within three days.