By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
As part of an ongoing outreach program for foreign diplomats accredited in Mexico, Ambassador Mireya Téran organized a private tour of Mexico City’s Folk Art Museum (MAP) on Monday, May 17.
The tour was offered in both Spanish and English to the wives of ambassadors and other foreign diplomats, and was conducted under strict covid-19 sanitation protocols.
Walther Boelsterly Urrutia received the ladies in the museum’s ample central plaza and gave them a brief history of the museum, which was founded in 2006 and is housed inside the capital’s former central fire station.
Boelsterly Urrutia explained that the museum is intended to serve as a focal point for showcasing traditional Mexican crafts as well as promoting them through workshops and other events.
He also talked about the MAP’s annual alebrijes parade, a celebration of fantastic mythical creatures that were originally produced in the southern state of Oaxaca.
The parade, which is generally held around the time of the country’s colorful Day of the Dead festivities, has become a major tourist and cultural attraction in Mexico and is one of the MAP’s most successful endeavors.
The ladies were then divided into two groups, based on their language preferences, and offered a guided tour of both the main exhibit of regional crafts and a special temporary exhibit of Mexican shawls and the role they have played in the nation’s history.