The at-risk and special-needs children at Centro Integración de Tapalpa A.C. in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico, are nurtured to bloom in many ways, but in particular as folk artisans who use recycled materials to create beautiful and whimsical papel malecho (papier-mâché) animals and flowers. Through the sale of their handcrafted bounty, the children give back to their school and community, all while charming the pants off the buying public.
In conjunction with an exhibit of CITAC wares currently on view at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, through Saturday, CHAC is hosting a fundraising event tonight from 5 to 10 p.m.; a $7 donation at the door will not only get you food, drink and live entertainment, but also a chance to take something bright and cheerful home to hang on the wall. Proceeds will go to help build a formal papier-mâché workshop in Jalisco; for details, go to www.chacweb.org or call 303-571-0440.
March 7-29, 2008