Hector Ochoa Jr.,Chair of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board, directed this very successful event which took place at the Aurora Transportation Center parking lot on Lincoln and Spring, April 26th of 2014. Thank you to Hector and the AHHA for sponsoring the mask making at the festival.
This free family event included a donation of 5000 books, music, dancing, stage performances, food and other activities like The Light of The Heart’s Mask making event.
The Light of The Heart tent had masks for the kids to decorate with paint, glitter, jewels, stickers, letters, feathers, and more! The kids of Aurora quickly found out about the mask making and came to our tent in droves! Lisa Kolodziej, and I, TLOTH interns, ran the booth and helped the kids (and some of the adults to!) to find their creative side by decorating these masks in any way that they wanted. Our mask making was so popular that we ran out of masks in only two hours.
Lisa and I were amazed at how creative the kids were and how much they were starving to make art. The language barrier between Lisa and I and the Hispanic families that attended was not a problem at all considering that art is
a universal language. The kids and their families were so proud of what they created that they all wanted to show
us what they had made. Each mask was unique and special and as facilitators of this creative endeavor, we felt
special as well because the kids enjoyed themselves so much.
Next year, we hope to have more art materials available so that everyone can experience the power of art making.
Thank you to Hector Ochoa Jr. and the AHHA for this wonderful opportunity to create with the incredible children of Aurora at El Dia De Los Ninos. We look forward to next year!
2015 MAT Candidate
Adler School of Professional Psychology