Thank you to the Buen Pastor Mural Project
In the spring of 2010, a group of artists of various disciplines began to fundraise for a project to paint a mural in a boarding school in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. What began as a relatively simple group activity evolved into one and a half years of constant organizing and fundraising. After it was all said and done we were able to provide travel and lodging for 13 artists. While there, we conducted workshops, designed and painted two murals along side the students of the Buen Pastor boarding school.
The all girls boarding school is comprised of 33 students varying in age from 4 to 16. While there, we held workshops consisting of drawing, painting, stenciling and photography utilizing the various mediums of the participating artists. Although our mission was to compliment the art instruction already taking place and create two murals, the students and Madres of Buen Pastor taught us more than we could have ever anticipated. We were shown graciousness, hospitality and absolute gratefulness. The girls of Buen Pastor made the lengthy process of achieving our goal in Guanajuato an unforgettable and fulfilling experience.
Three months after our return we were informed of a tragedy concerning a family of the Buen Pastor Boarding School. Regretfully, one of the students that helped our group succeed in our mission passed away. 13 year old Alondra Ramirez Hernandez and her older sister Annette 15, were involved in a car accident that took her life and injured her younger sister. It is our hope that with continued effort and fundraising we will be able to raise a significant funding to send to her family. We understand that monetary aid is no compensation for the trauma of losing one so close and moreover, so young. So given our distance and in an effort to continue the momentum of our recent endeavor we hope that the method that took us to Guanajuato in the first place can also help with one particular need this tragedy has caused. Hopefully with the help of the Los Angeles art community we will raise enough funds to help alleviate the various financial difficulties that this particular tragedy has presented. No matter what we do we can never return the gift that was granted to us by the students and sisters of Buen Pastor, but we will do what we can, the best we can.
The Buen Pastor Mural Project