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CHAC’s Children’s Outreach Programs

childrens programCHAC believes that the arts need to play a vital role in every child’s education. CHAC works with area schools and organizations to enhance their art programs (dance, music, theater, and visual arts) with instructors and artists who can challenge all students to perform works of art, create their own art, and respond to art and the ideas they impart.

Research studies indicate a strong correlation between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills and capacities used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing, and mathematics and can be particularly beneficial for students from economically disadvantaged homes and to those who are at risk of not succeeding in school.

cultural art lessonsCHAC is actively engaged in our community through a variety of Outreach Program’s designed to provide cultural art lessons to children of all ages throughout the Denver metro area. Professional instructors and artists encourage the children to participate and build self-esteem, social skills, cultural awareness and pride.

CHAC’s outreach initiative serve a segment of the population that is often overlooked with exciting cultural art projects. For information on these projects contact our Education Coordinator, Sean Trujillo at 303-571-0440 or education@chacweb.org

PROGRAMS

educational classroom visitsClassroom Tours and Visiting Artists
CHAC Gallery is available for educational classroom visits and the gallery can also arrange visits and demonstrations from visual artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers.

The Bridge Project
The Bridge Project is a collaborative effort lead by the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and the Denver Housing Authority to address social issues facing the Denver metro area with the belief that education is the key to leading an individual away from poverty and into self-sufficiency. CHAC artist, muralist and Bridge Program volunteer educator Jeremy Ulibarri works with public housing children twice a week on multi-media art projects that utilizes science, architecture, and mathematics to engage and inspire the children that attend. The ultimate project goals are that Bridge participants will achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources to earn a college or associate degree, gain occupational training, or succeed in employment.

Art Workshops

Family Art Saturday, For Kid’s and Their Parents or guardians: Third Saturday of the Month
On the third Saturday of every month, community children are invited to attend CHAC’s Cookies y Leche “Cookies and Milk” Art Workshops. Each session presents the children with enjoyable educational art projects along with refreshments. Classes are lead by CHAC member artists and include terrific seasonal hands-on projects such as Christmas Ornaments, Valentines Hearts, and Calaveras “Sugar Skulls” – a traditional Mexican ornament/treat used for “El Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). Cultural activities include making paper retablos, saints and altars.

CHAC Programs

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

The following programs are designed for school groups, community groups, and senior citizen groups and are held at the gallery or at your venue. Suggested ages are listed for school groups, however all workshops can be tailored for any ages, including adults!

Activities are geared for individual as well as group participation and build self-esteem, social skills, cultural awareness and pride. These workshops are tailored to meet current Colorado State standards, from visual arts to history. Workshops are one hour long for a cost of $5.00 per child or a minimum of $50.00 per class.

For more information or to schedule your workshop or gallery tour,
contact Sean Trujillo, Education Coordinator at education@chacweb.org or 303-571-0440.

Color My World*

Color My World*

Ages Preschool through 1st grade

Give your students a culturally based opportunity to learn that by using observation skills, imagination and art materials anyone can be an artist! In this workshop students will explore the world of color by hearing the ancient Mayan/Aztec legend of how the world got it color. They will talk about your favorite color and how it makes them feel. They will learn and recognize color names in both English and Spanish, and invent their own colors as they make a colorful oil pastel painting.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, World Language, Reading, Writing, and Communication

* An SCFD funded collaboration between CHAC and VSA-Access Gallery

The Festival of Bones*

The Festival of Bones*

Ages 4 years old to 12th grade, adults of all ages

Skulls have become an increasingly popular image in American pop culture, coinciding with the rise in popularity of the ancient Mexican Holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Learn the history and meaning of the celebration and how it differs from Halloween. See what skulls and skeletons mean to the Mexican culture, give your opinion of what they currently mean to American culture. Students will decorate their own traditional Mexican sugar skull while enjoying festive Mexican music.

State Standards: World Language, Social Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Reading, Writing, and Communication

* An SCFD funded collaboration between CHAC and VSA-Access Gallery

God’s Eye ^

God’s Eye ^

Ages 1st to 12th grade, adults of all ages

The God’s eye is an ancient symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico. It is made by weaving brightly colored yarn on a simple frame of crossed sticks. The central eye is made of a single color when a child is born and more yarn, in different colors, is added each year until the child turns five. The weaving is hung over the child’s bed to insure God watches over them and keeps them healthy. Originally, “God’s Eyes” were made to be placed on an altar so that the gods could watch over the praying people and protect them. They are now more often sold in markets, reminding us that God looks with love on people everywhere.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

^ A collaboration between CHAC and Cultural Interpretations

Aztec Masks

Aztec Masks

Ages 1st to 8th grade

For centuries, people have enjoyed hiding behind masks to conceal their identity or to be transformed into another character. This phenomenon exists in virtually every culture around the world. Find out about the Aztec empire. Come learn the history behind the remarkable masks made by Mexico’s ancient Aztecs. Then, imagine how you would look if you were an Aztec king or queen. Students will create their own magnificent mask.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, World Language, Reading, Writing, and Communication

Catrina ^

Catrina ^

Ages 1st to 12th grade, adults of all ages

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the popular Mexican holiday is fast becoming a widespread celebration in the Denver area. Skeletons sporting daily life costumes are well-liked images used during in these celebrations. Hear the legend of Catrina, the fanciest skeleton figure of them all. Discover the history behind the flamboyance. Students will see high fashion images of past and present and discuss their preferences. They will dress their own Catrina or Catrin.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, World Language

^ A collaboration between CHAC and Cultural Interpretations, LLC

Juego de Lotería- Mexican Bingo

Juego de Lotería- Mexican Bingo

Ages 1st to 12th grade, adults of all ages

Play the authentic game of Juego de Lotería-Mexican Bingo. Students will have a fun English/Spanish experience learning to play authentic Mexican Bingo. They will explore the meanings behind the artwork on the cards and see what these meanings reveal about Mexican culture. They will be exposed to concepts designers use to create themed works of art. Students will choose their favorite Lotería card to use as inspiration to create their own, themed work of art.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, World Language, Reading, Writing, and Communication

Capirotada- A Delicious Artistic Treat

Capirotada- A Delicious Artistic Treat

Ages 2nd to 8th grade

Students will realize that good food and good art can be made using ingredients close at hand!
Capirotada, (Mexican Bread Pudding), is one of Mexico’s favorite, time-honored desserts. Tracing its roots to the Roman Empire, this delicious desert tradition made its way to the new world during the Spanish Inquisition. Learn its history and see how you can create this mouth-watering comfort food from combining ordinary ingredients found in your own kitchen. Then, consider everyday things that make living your life “sweet”. Put those “ingredients” together in a collage. Everyone will receive Capirotada recipe to try at home.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, World Language

Kid's Art Saturday: 3rd Saturday of Every Month

Carnaval!

Ages 2nd to 12th grade, adults of all ages

Celebrate Carnival, Latin style! From Mexico to the Caribbean, from Spanish speaking South America to Brazil, you will see the colorful ways this festival is celebrated. Students will learn about the meaning behind the celebration, its history and style and make a carnival mask to take home.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

Mexican Sun

Mexican Sun

Ages: 3rd – 12th grade, adults of all ages 

The sun is a popular cultural motif that has its roots in ancient Mexican culture. What would your sun look like if you personified it into your own work of art? Students will hear ancient legends of the sun, learn the meaning of the sun images to ancient Mexican cultures, and create their own sun wall plaque in clay.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

When Gold Became Tin ^

When Gold Became Tin ^

Ages: 4th – 12th grade, adults of all ages

Once the Spaniards came to the new world their search for gold became an obsession. The Indians of the area were master goldsmiths and created many art objects in this valuable metal. Learn the history Mexican metalsmithing and how this craft evolved into the now famous Mexican Tin work.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

^ A collaboration between CHAC and Cultural Interpretations

 Kid's Art Saturday: 3rd Saturday of Every Month

Santos

Ages: 3rd – 12th grade, adults of all ages 

Learn the history of making Santos from New Mexico. See natural pigments that make the actual paint in this led by one of CHAC’s master Santeros artist members. Paint your own retablo to take home.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies


El Piñatero

El Piñatero

Ages: 4th – 12th grade, adults of all ages

Become a Piñata maker! Piñatas have been used in Latin American countries, to celebrate birthdays and other festive occasions, since the 16th century. Learn about the Asian origin of the Piñata, and the original Mexican method of creating one. Make your own Piñata in this two part workshop.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

There will be an additional charge for this two part workshop. $5.00

Paper Comes From Trees

Paper Comes From Trees

Ages: 3rd – 8th grade

Amate bark paper does come from trees! This beautiful paper has a long history in Mexico and is made by the Otomi Indians. Learn how the paper is made and see some of the beautiful paintings created on it. Students will have an opportunity to create their own “bark” painting.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies

Me, Myself and Frida*

Me, Myself and Frida*

Ages: 1st – 12th grade

What better opportunity is there for older students to explore and record aspects of themselves and their life experiences, than creating their own self portrait or journal page, inspired by Frida Kahlo! The self expression of Frida, known for chronicling her striking life experiences in stunning self portraits and reflective writings, is admired the world over. Give your students a time for self discovery and exploration of ways to capture their life experiences. Visual and language arts are used in this workshop to encourage students to create a self portrait in collage, drawing, and/or writing. There will be time for sharing discoveries.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, and Communication

* An SCFD funded collaboration between CHAC and VSA-Access Gallery

Dance, Sing, and Make Music +

Dance, Sing, and Make Music +

Ages: Kindergarten to 8th grade

Move to nature sounds of the morning, play instruments, dance and sing to cultural dances.

+ A Rita Flores de Wallace workshop

The following Workshops are offered for Children with Disabilities as an SCFD collaborative project between CHAC & VSA arts-Access Gallery

The following Workshops are offered for Children with Disabilities as an SCFD collaborative project between CHAC & VSA arts-Access Gallery

ALL ABOUT ME – From VSA’s Start with the Arts Program

Ages Preschool-1st grade

Start with the Arts utilizes student’s skills to learn to express thoughts and feelings about things that are special and meaningful about them, developing a sense of self awareness and personal confidence. The All About Me workshop gives young children the opportunity to explore and discover new means of expressing themselves. Young children can sometimes have difficulty putting their ideas, thoughts and feeling into words but can learn to express themselves through the arts. Through this activity, students will play with cultural music, movement and use the visual arts to learn and discover about themselves. They will gain confidence in sharing their ideas about themselves as and their art work and learn about collage and texture.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education

SHAPES & LINES IN MOTION – From VSA’s Arts for All Program

Ages Preschool-3rd grade

Arts for All utilizes art tools designed so that participants with limited movement or lack of fine motor skills can be successful in using what mobility they have to create, paint, draw, print, and more. The tools incorporate the use of one’s wheelchair, walker, arms, or legs as part of the creative process. Individuals can make cultural prints, draw with chalk, or use pogo paint poles, all while working on mobility skills and coordination, creativity, expression, and self esteem. The theme of this workshop is lines and shapes. Students will perform a “dance” that uses lines and shapes, create their own prints, and paint a collaborative mural.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Mathematics standards are embedded into the program.

EXPRESS DIVERSITY CREATIVE INVENTIONS – From VSA’s Express Diversity Program

Ages 2nd-12th grade

Express diversity: Creative Inventions utilizes student’s skills of problem solving and critical thinking to create inventions for those who face challenges and obstacles while increasing sensitivity toward people with varying levels of abilities. Students will look at technology from the standpoint of problem solving, through the activity designed to help them discover how experimenting and adapting have served to find solutions to problems. They will discover problem-solving techniques, discuss cultural barriers, identify adaptations and assistive technology that support people with disabilities, and create an imaginative solution to a fictitious problem experienced by a person with a disability.

State Standards: Visual Arts, Science, Social Studies

Mexican Celebrations: Calendar Round of Authentic Monthly Celebrations

Have you ever wondered how Holidays are celebrated in Mexico? Have you wanted to experience authentis Mexican style Celebrations? Then, our Mexican Celebrations Calendar Round is for you. These one of a kind programs are brought to you through CHAC by Rita Wallace and Cultural Interpretations. Ages: 3-5yrs. with parent or adult and 6yrs. to adult.

Consider booking one of the following Celebration workshops for your school or community group. Workshops are held in CHAC Galleries or at a location of your choice. We would love to celebrate with you! Cost is $5.00 per participant. For groups of 12 or less the total cost is $50.00.

September: Patriotic!

Learn the history of the time when the Spanish came to Mexico.  Hear about the changes that came as a result politically, socially, culturally, and in religious beliefs.  This was a time of birth of new ideas. But change came with confusion that brought hard times for many.  Yet patriotism prevailed. The flag was and is honored, as it represents the ideas of the country.  Hear the legend of the Mexican flag.  Make a shoulder bag (morral) to carry your country’s treasures.

October: October Moon

The night is filled with fishing, music, and dancing in this tradition of the October Moon celebrated at the lake named Chapala, near Guadalajara in Mexico’s state, Jalisco. The fishermen and their families rejoice in the Charalito fish harvest gathered by the light of the moon. Come experience this harvest tradition. Dance a midnight dance, taste a Charalito, and make a beautiful artistic fish to take home.

November: Dia de los Muertos

Learn about the unique ways that Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in various rural towns in Mexico.  Hear the story of how the Catrina became popular.  See examples of the original Catrina, by Jose Guadalupe Posada.  Make your own Catrin or Catrina to take home.

December: Las Posadas

The tradition of Las Posadas in Mexico dates back to 1538.  Come learn about the origins of this holiday tradition celebrated from December 16th through the 24th.  Celebrate this holiday season by breaking a piñata and making a Christmas scenery depicting Las Posadas to decorate your home.

January: Rosca de Reyes

The tradition of Rosca de Reyes began in southern Europe centuries ago and came to Mexico with the Spaniards.  Today it is a Mexican celebration with family and friends to commemorate the Epiphany.  Come and taste Rosca de Reyes, the traditional food made for this feast day.  Learn more about the custom and make your own Rosca ornament or king’s mask during this festive workshop.

February: Dia de la Candelaria

Processions, songs, instruments are all part of Dia de la Candelaria (Day of the Candles), celebrated on February 2.  As with most Mexican celebrations, this, is a combination of Catholic and native Mexican traditions.  Come learn about the fusion of these two traditions and the “blessing” of the animals.  Bring your pet or favorite stuffed animal.  As you participate in this workshop you will have an opportunity to make a dancing animal puppet.

March: April Fools in March!

March is known as “el mes de los locos”, the month of the crazy happenings.  In the north part of Mexico March is a time of the crazy winds that gave birth to many legends.  Come hear the legend of Juanito and see how the wind played, what we would call an April fool’s trick on him.  Hear about the happy outcome.  You will make a mosaic in clay.

April: Mulitas de Corpus (Little Mules of Corpus Christi)

From 1850-1950 the primary form of transportation in Mexico was by mule.  Mules were everywhere.  Hear the legend of a thoughtful boy as he fixed his mule for Christ in celebration of Easter.  This legend was so popular among children and parents alike that a whole industry of donkey and mule crafts began as a result.  Since then people have made all types mules and donkeys to commemorate the story.  Hear this beautiful example of how to give and how to receive. Weave your own palm branch mule in traditional Mexican style.

May: Tree of Life

The Tree of Life!  What an amazing universal symbol, and what an amazing tree, el Arbol del Tule, lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Have you ever seen a tree so huge!  Look at how big it is compared to the people in the background.  Come learn the story of this tree that is still thriving in Mexico, and enjoy seeing beautiful examples of traditional art expressions of the Tree of life. Celebrate life, family, and spring the way the ancient Aztecs did. Hear legends of ancient arbor (tree) days and kings, dance and make your own tree of life to take home. This workshop can also be held to coincide with Arbor Day.

June: Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

Did you know that there are several monthly celebrations in Mexico? Come celebrate lively Mexican traditions and hear about the fairs and festivals held in Mexico during the spring and early summer.  Learn how to make authentic decorations for these festivals.  Make a fun, festival craft to take home.

July: Vacation & Travel

Summer time and the livin’ is easy. It’s time for travel and relaxation!  Journey though Mexico with Folklorista Rita Flores de Wallace. In the past the people in Mexico would pack a picnic for dinner into their little boats and travel to the islands during the summer.  When they came to shore they would celebrate the cycle of the summer with a huge bonanza; as they ate, danced, played music.  They enjoyed the huge harvest of fruits.  They would also go on a treasure hunt to find things to use in that year’s art craft making such as palms fro hat weaving and shells for decoration.  Make a craft out of Mexican home ceramic that will amaze you.

August: The Handkerchief

What can you do with a handkerchief? There is a big history about the handkerchief (paliacate or pañuelo) in Mexico.  The handkerchief made its appearance in Mexico in the 1800’s remains a favorite Mexico and in the American west ever since. Worn around the head and under the hat it protects against sweating and from the sun.  Used around the neck, in cowboy style, it is available to cover the face and nose if there was a sand storm.  It is still used in dance and decoration.  Learn a handkerchief dance, play handkerchief games, make a special handkerchief craft.

CHAC ASSEMBLIES

Storytelling
Storytelling for various age groups from acclaimed storytellers in the CHAC community. Choose from a myriad of rich stories from the Latino Southwest, laced with teaching moments that promote the good life. Stories such as La Llarona (the Wailing woman), Yega Prieta (the Black Mare), Baile de los Tecoletes (Dance of the owls). Call to select the perfect story for your age group and your goals for your students/families. Stories are presented bilingually. Fee is $150.00.

 

Flamenco
Learn some Flamenco steps and the history of the dance with accomplished Flamenco dancers in this interactive 45 min. workshop. Performances are also available. Fee is $250.00 which includes two dancers and music.
Flamenco

Matachine Dance
Explore authentic dance from south of the border. The Matechine Dance is from Coahuila, Mexico. The costumes are handmade and vibrant, full of sequins and meaning. CHAC now offers a 45min. performance with the full Matechine dance troupe for $375.00. A 45min. workshop that teaches Matachine dance steps to children with one dancer in full costume is $125.00.

Matachine Dance

Aztec Dance
Learn from a master. Aztec dance has a rich history full of color and meaning. CHAC offers a 45 min. Aztec dance demonstration and lesson with one Aztec dancer and accompanying drummer. Cost is $250.00.

Aztec Friendship Dance

 

 

 

 

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