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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: DECEMBER 4, 2001


The Public Schools of North Carolina are hosting a painting exhibition "This is my Mexico," on loan from the Consulate of Mexico. The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 11 a.m. at the Education Building, First Floor, Room 150-North, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Members of the State Board of Education, State Superintendent Mike Ward, the Consul of Mexico Carolina Zaragoza, and other officials will participate in the ceremony officially opening the exhibit. (Note to media: The exhibit is now up in on the right side of the first floor of the Education Building.)

The exhibition consists of a selection of 43 framed works, by Mexican children who reside in the United States and Canada. The exhibition is the result of a contest, organized by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico. Participation was extended to schools with a high level of Mexican children, primarily in Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Texas, and Utah. The majority of the children who participated are between the ages of 10-13.

The exhibit features the way children who live outside of Mexico tend to visualize it and express their interests towards this country. The students use oil painting, watercolors, and color pencils to depict various topics. Most of the pieces included in the selection depict traditions, festivities, symbols, national history, and geography.

For additional information on the exhibit, contact Ivan Bussey, Mexican Consulate, at 919.754.0046.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.