This year is an amazing year!

By Hannah Jarmain

What did the children see besides beautiful paintings? The Children’s Art Foundation has not only been able to continue the art school in community Palo Colorado, but we are opening three new schools: Ejido de Tirado, San Luis Rey and Ignacio Allende! We are thankful to have the best institutions and the best people partner with us: Alberto Lenz Director of INBA (Bellas Artes) and Acacio Martínez, Director of Education and Culture, and Rosewood San Miguel! Rosewood has been incredible and supportive. They provide the beautiful venue for our annual winter auction event and summer kids’ art workshop. Thank you, Alfredo Renteria, and your world class team at Rosewood. We had Kitty Freud, manager of special events on stage to accept our thank you frame. We also have the tremendous support of over 50 important artists of San Miguel who donated their art for the annual art auction. We thank all of you for supporting the future of San Miguel through your art! Toller Cranston gave his studio space to the children from Palo Colorado to paint and continues to help us with his upcoming special exhibit at Teatro Ángela Peralta on March 29. Another great artist who was a friend and a grand supporter of the children’s art was Marion Perlet. Before she passed away last November, she gave us a beautiful painting for the auction at Rosewood. The money will help to open a new art school in Guadalupe. That school will be named after Marion. Delphine Scott came to represent Marion Perlet, with her big signature hat and photo, and received the honor plaque. Thank you, volunteers, great men and women who helped and worked hard throughout the year to make our events successful. We couldn’t do anything without your help. Thanks to the children, their parents and their teachers who believe in our dreams: “We want to give every child in San Miguel an opportunity to attend an art program, to have fun and reach your potential through art! Imagine, in 10 or 20 years from now, San Miguel will have many famous and wealthy artists, and by then they can tell their own children, “I had dream and I did it!”

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