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The Visiting Mexican Artists Program presents Norberto Fabian, son of master Oaxacan (Wa-ha-can) woodcarver Ventura Fabian, and Norberto’s wife, Blanca, in a series of presentations about their craft to diverse communities in the greater Boston metropolitan area. 


Over a two to four week period in the fall, to coincide with Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday, the artists visit schools, libraries, museums, and art centers to share the allure and vibrancy of Mexican artistic expression.

Art has an almost magical ability to transcend cultural divides, for both children and adults alike. It can provide a powerful vehicle for fostering inter-cultural understanding and appreciation. 


The work of the Fabian family, because of its simplicity, humor and strong general appeal, is particularly well-suited to achieve these ends.










The project addresses such themes as:


• the art of Oaxacan woodcarving


• the daily life of a rural artisan family


• the role of children in helping the family 

   survive economically


• the balance between subsistence agriculture 

   and craft work

Our presentations are adapted to the grade level of our audience, which has ranged from pre-schoolers to high school students to the general public. 


An educator’s outreach packet is provided to all the participating sites prior to the visits.

With the growing Mexican-American population in the U.S., cross-cultural awareness and understanding is essential to the people of both our countries.

The project addresses such themes as:

• the art of Oaxacan woodcarving

• the daily life of a rural artisan family

• the role of children in helping the

family survive economically

• the balance between subsistence

agriculture and craft work 

The program has received commendations from both the Boston and Cambridge City Councils and enthusiastic              from educators.

The goals of the program are:

•  to inspire children to reflect on their own culture through 

    artistic expression, and to strengthen their own creativity

•  to help children understand and appreciate Mexico, and to 

    know and value a way of life very different from their own

•  to share and celebrate the richness of Mexican culture with 

    a diverse urban population in Boston’s metropolitan area 

•  to highlight how art and daily life are integrated in rural 

    Mexico, and to show how art and craftsmanship both play 

    a vital role in the life of the community


The goals of the program are:

• to inspire children to reflect on their own culture through artistic expression, and to strengthen their own creativity

• to help children understand and appreciate Mexico, and to know and value a way of life very different from their own

• to share and celebrate the richness of Mexican culture with a diverse urban population in Boston’s metropolitan area 

• to highlight how art and daily life are integrated in rural Mexico, and to show how art and craftsmanship both play a vital role in the life of the community

We encourage educators:

to create study segments around the visits using 

   the study guide we provide prior to each visit  

to develop follow-up art assignments with students 

   in response to the presentations 

Spanish language teachers have also brought 

   their classes to the presentations  


Program History:

In our 14 years of visits we have given presentations at over 100 sites. Among the public and private schools, museums, and cultural institutions we have visited are the:

    •    Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, Milton, 

          Chelsea, and Watertown Public Schools            

    •    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

    •    Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

    •    Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

    •    Boston Public Library

    •    University of Vermont 

    •    Boston Children’s Museum

    •    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

    •    WBZ-TV

Program History:

In our 14 years of visits we have given presentations at over               . Among the public and private schools, museums, and cultural institutions we have visited are the:

•  Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, 

   Milton, Chelsea, and Watertown Public 

    Schools                      

•  Peabody Museum of Archaeology 

    & Ethnology

•  Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

•  Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

•  Boston Public Library

•  University of Vermont 

•  Boston Children’s Museum

•  Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

•   WBZ-TV

We encourage educators:

• to create study segments around the

visits using the study guide we provide

prior to each visit                     

• to develop follow-up art assignments  

with students in response to the 

presentations

• Spanish language teachers have also 

brought their classes to the 

presentations 

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The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian: 

The Visiting Mexican Artists Program 

the art and craft of Oaxacan woodcarving 

through direct contact with the artists

The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian: 

The Visiting Mexican Artists Program

the art and craft of Oaxacan woodcarving 

through direct contact with the artists

info@thedancingchickens.com

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