By: Rosario Ojeda
Mexico City, June 2023 – Over a hundred fifth and sixth-grade students from Nezahualcóyotl Elementary School (Cuautitlán, State of Mexico) participated on Saturday, May 27th in the Public Sculpture Workshop in Mexico City. An event organized by the Jorge Marín Foundation (FJM), which included a guided tour to the Memory and Tolerance Museum, a space aimed at promoting the importance of non-violence, memory, and human rights.
“This activity contributes a lot to the children,” said Aurora Díaz, the school’s director, “because it gives them a broader vision of what art is and its possibilities. Through this visit, they are seeing how art can convey messages that involve the entire society.”
Raising awareness and consciousness through art is a constant in FJM’s agenda. Through these tours, they seek to encourage reflection and positive action regarding fundamental topics for Mexico’s social and cultural life.
One of the favorite activities for students and parents was taking photos in front of the Wings of Peace sculpture by Jorge Marín, a work that has been exhibited in the museum’s courtyard since 2017 and undoubtedly catches the attention of visitors. This sculpture was made with hundreds of weapons collected during the voluntary disarmament campaign launched by the authorities of Mexico City in 2016.
In addition to the museum’s sculptures, the children and their families had the opportunity to see the monumental work “The Guardian of Ecatepec” and the “Wings of Mexico” on the Paseo de la Reforma.
“It was great for the children to learn about things in Mexico City that they didn’t know,” said the director of Nezahualcóyotl School, “they saw buildings, sculptures, and squares that, for one reason or another, they hadn’t seen before. I am very pleased to see them enjoying this activity together with their parents,” she added.