For Immediate Release


APRIL 16, 2013

San Francisco, CA – April 16, 2013 – As part of its free Family Sunday program and in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, The Mexican Museum will be hosting a special Papel Picado / paper cutout workshop on Sunday, May 5.

The class will be led by local artist, author and teacher Carmen Lomas Garza, from noon to 3:30 pm at the museum located at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D, in San Francisco.

Lomas Garza is one of the most prominent Mexican American painters working today. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in San Francisco. At the age of 13, she decided to pursue a career in arts, teaching herself drawing techniques. She went on to become an accomplished artist whose paintings depicting family life have been shown in exhibitions across the United States and Mexico.

The workshop affords the opportunity for children and adults to interact with Lomas Garza and to learn more about her career and her work.

During the Papel Picado workshop, participants will learn hands-on techniques to create papel picado banderitas which are widely used in Mexico and the Southwest as decorations for celebrations. Those taking part in the workshop will learn how to fold and cut the tissue paper in order to make cutout designs; and finally how to attach the finished pieces to a string to make a banderita to hang.

This workshop is made possible with generous support from Union Bank.

Parents are encouraged to take part in this workshop with their children. Children ages 6 and older may participate. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited for the hands-on art project. For more information, please call The Mexican Museum at (415) 202-9700.

In addition to the hands-on projects, participants will be able to view the museum’s current special exhibitions: An Inspired Gift: The Rex May Collection of Mexican Popular Art and the Tequila Don Julio Collection of contemporary art. The museum store, La Tienda, will also be open.

About The Mexican Museum

Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience – including art, culture, history and heritage. In 2012 The Mexican Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the nation’s largest museum network. The museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano art. For more information, please visit: or call (415) 202-9700.

The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. FREE Admission. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish classes for all levels are currently being offered for children and adults. For current class schedules and registration information go to

The Museum is currently preparing for the completion of its permanent home, which will be built in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena Arts District and is expected to be completed in 2017.

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