Ojalá Niños Art Show and Sale!
By Elsmarie Norby
On Sunday, March 6, from 5–8pm, Los Olivos restaurant in colonia San Antonio will host a presentation of arts and crafts by the children and teachers from the education program, Ojalá Niños, in the nearby rural community of San Miguel Viejo. Over 100 children participate in a variety of arts: weaving, drawing, painting, hand sewing, miniatures, and stained glass. The children receive the proceeds from their sales, helping them to develop self-confidence, pride, and skills for future sustainable work opportunities.
Art show and Sale
To benefit Ojalá Niños
Sun, Mar 6, 5–8pm
Los Olivos Restaurant
20 de Enero Sur 44
Col. San Antonio
Five afternoons a week, classes in arts, music, literacy, health, environment, and social service are available free of charge for children, ages 3 and up. Ojalá offers “a place to learn” with space, materials, ideas, and guidance from dedicated teachers who are Mexican nationals and volunteers from other places and cultures who offer new, exciting opportunities for creativity.
The vision of Ojalá Niños is to build an alternative education model, especially for children in rural Mexico, which can be recognized and supported by the present educational systems and duplicated in hundreds of communities. This nonprofit foundation is in the process of buying a piece of land in the village of San Miguel Viejo for the construction of a community learning center for children and adults, with computer labs, a library, a meeting space, a small clinic, a store/gallery where local artisans can sell their products, and many more work spaces for creativity and development of new skills. Best of all will be a large community kitchen and several bathrooms!
We invite you to join us at the wonderful Italian restaurant, Los Olivos, on 20 de Enero, just up from Pet Vet at the corner of Stirling Dickinson. Denver, proprietor and chef, will prepare delicious botanas to accompany your choice of beverage. You may also stay and enjoy dinner in the lovely dining rooms. Our host is a generous person (and a great chef) who enjoys helping others and being a supporter of educational opportunities for all children. In addition to being able to purchase beautiful art directly from the artists, there will be a raffle for paintings and sculptures by several well-known artists. The show will remain for two weeks, through March 19.
Come and meet these bright, talented children and discover one of the best restaurants in San Miguel on Sunday, March 6, 5–8pm, at Los Olivos Restaurant. www.ojala-ninos.org contact: Betty López, firstname.lastname@example.org.