Art & More at Ajijic’s Lake Chapala

September 18, 2013

Hi everyone,
Here's the latest info on the Children's Art program from the Lake Chapala Society's great website.
The art program is just one of many wonderful things happening at the Lake Chapala Society. This place is a must see when you visit Lake Chapala. Tu amigo, Sid
Children's Art Program
Creating Generations of Artists!
Since 1954, when it was started by Neill James, the Children’s Art Program has engaged thousands of Mexican children in the exploration of their creative talents. Over almost six decades, the program has produced many well-known local artists, and has helped to position Ajijic as an art centre. The legacy of this program can be found in the lives and paintings of its many famous graduates – whose murals now adorn public buildings and beautify villages in the area.
Today, the LCS Children’s Art Program continues to flourish through the support of the Lake Chapala Society, the Ajijic Society of the Arts, and dedicated volunteers made up of Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians – making it a truly cross-cultural experience.

kids working hard

The program is free, and all children are welcome. Classes are held on the back patio at LCS from 10:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday (except holidays), rain or shine.
To teach the children the business of art, and to boost their self-confidence, the children's art is available for sale. Greeting cards for all occasions are made from their art, and sold throughout the year. The most popular are the Holiday Season cards that go on sale at the start of November. Cards and original art are also sold at various LCS and lakeside events. Following the Neill James tradition, a large portion of the sale of each artwork is given to the child artist. The balance pays for the cost of producing the art, as well as art supplies for the program.

busy artists

Throughout the year, the young artists take part in various contests. In 2012, PROFEPA (the Federal Environmental Protection Agency) held an art contest, and eight of our kids took spots in the 10 available Honourable Mentions for the State of Jalisco. The Feria Maestros del Arte has also held a contest for our kids, and the winner was featured on the cover of the magazine 'El Ojo del Lago'. LCS also recognizes their talent by awarding prizes at the annual LCS Craft Fair – the winner's work is featured on the cover of the LCS directory.
To find out how you can help these young students by volunteering or donating, please contact us at Your interest and help are always welcome.
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A Message from the President of the Lake Chapala Society
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Community Education Programs. Your gift will inspire
and lead the way to a better tomorrow for everyone.
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