City’s Summer Creative Courses for Children End with Student Performances
By Breyton Méndez
Today, the municipal government, through the Dirección de Cultura y Tradiciones (Department of Culture and Traditions), concluded its summer courses program with closing events at El Chorro plaza.
More than 350 San Miguel de Allende children enjoyed these free or low-cost workshops held through June and July at the Biblioteca and other city locations.
The workshops were on a variety of creative topics, including dance, piano, ribbon dancing, circus arts, and music. A workshop on traditions also taught children how to make mojigangas, the larger-than-life puppets often seen at weddings and other public events around San Miguel. In this workshop, they also learned how to make traditional papier-mâché masks and the stars used in processions during the city’s annual alborada holiday.
“The children participated in many activities during the four weeks of the summer course,” Director Carola Mota said. “They had different workshops—in modern and contemporary dance, singing, piano, and plastic arts. These workshops were meant to help them discover their manual and emotional abilities.”
To mark the closure of these summer classes, the piano, dance, and voice students participated in a joint presentation to show their families what they had learned.
In addition to La Biblioteca, the Centro de Desarollo Comunitario (Community Development Center), known as CEDECOM; the Casa de la Cultural (Cultural Building) on calle Mesones; the El Chorro Community Center; and at the Palmita de Landeta Community Center hosted these classes.
“Thanks to an idea by the children who participated in the traditions workshop—making mojigangas, stars, and masks—we will be having a small “alborada” on Friday at Parque Juárez, where we will provide wind instrument music for the children,” Department of Culture and Traditions Director Paulina Cadena said. She invited San Miguel residents to continue to participate in all the programs provided.