1 03 2018

On April 10, 2018, Marshall Simonds Middle School will be host to visiting artists Efraín Fuentes and Silvia Gómez, a husband and wife team of folk artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. With nothing more than a knife, some chisels and a piece of wood, Efraín will carve a whimsical creature right in front of the students’ eyes!  Silvia will paint the finished carvings with bright color combinations so vivid that the carvings vibrate with life. Throughout the day, students can watch the artisans work during a series of lecture /demonstrations.

A display of crafts from the family workshop will also be exhibited. Efraín and Silvia will explain the processes involved in their production. A video including scenes from the artists’ region in Mexico will be shown. The purpose of this visit is to expose Spanish students to Mexican culture with some of its many facets of life. This experience offers a unique opportunity to meet and talk with these two cultural ambassadors. At the end of the day, the artists will present a finished sculpture to the school.

The visitation has been made possible through the Margaritas Education Outreach Program which, over the past fifteen years, has arranged for tens of thousands of students to meet with talented Mexican artists and learn about their culture. Pat Picciano is the Education Outreach Coordinator for Margaritas Mexican restaurants and he will translate and lead all sessions of the artists’ visit. Pat has been traveling to craft villages in Mexico since the 1980’s.

This project has been funded by a grant from the Burlington Education Foundation.

Date of Performance:  April 10, 2018

Presenting Organization:  Marshall Simonds Middle School, Burlington, Massachusetts

Contact Person:  Ellen Abrams, FL teacher,





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