The first year I visited mexico was in 2008. Among the many new and wonderful experiences I had that year was getting to know the town of San Pancho better by becoming a part of the art community. That year I created two murals, one with the local school children and one for the Dia de los Muertos. Since then I helped the school kids with a third mural in town. This mural is still featured on the main street of town by a really cool park the townspeople created for the kids out of recycled materials. Since I was there working with the turtle project I thought it would be a fitting theme. The experience was amazing. It was my first time working with a large group of children and I did not speak the same language at the time. I prepped the wall for the kids the day before and drew on an image for them to fill in. About 25 kids helped in all. The mural was a very unusual size size, about 2 feet tall by 30 feet long.
It turned into a wonderful fiasco of trying to mix up paint and distribute it in cups as fast as the kids were painting. I was very proud of them, and more importantly, they were proud of themselves. The mural was a good chance for the kids to be creative, have their own artwork on display for the entire town to see, and it helped in the education of the marine turtle.