On April 24, the Denver Art Museum will host the 20th anniversary of the Día del Niño celebration. The day (Día) is dedicated to recognizing the value of children (Niño/niños) and making adults aware that, as established in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, “For every child, every straight “.
During the 20th century, wars and economic conditions around the world deeply affected children in particular. In 1924, the League of Nations, recognizing the injustices and exploitation suffered by children all over the world, adopted the Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child. This declaration proclaims that all peoples owe children the right, among other things, “to the means of their development; special assistance when needed; relief priority; economic freedom and protection from exploitation; and an education that instills social awareness and duty. From then on, the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the population continued. In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read and download the child-friendly text of this Convention.
In the language of the internationally recognized document, “children are not just objects that belong to their parents and about which decisions are made, or adults in training. Rather, they are human beings and individuals with their own rights. The Convention says that childhood is separated from adulthood and lasts until the age of 18; it is a special and protected period, during which children must be able to grow, learn, play, develop and develop with dignity.
It is in this spirit that DAM will engage in a global celebration of all children. On Sunday, April 24, this event will consist of free general admission to the entire museum for the entire day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to enjoy stellar exhibits such as Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche and ReVisión: Art in the Americas.
Music and dance performances
Free general admission also includes a diverse program of live music and dance by local and international artists. Among this wide range of talent are artists such as Jorge Torres Chavez, who comes directly from Mexico City and will share the art of the charro (the cultural root of the American cowboy). African Chihera marimbas from Zimbabwe will share the music of the African continent. In addition, dance traditions from Spain (Maria Vazquez Flamenco Denver) and Ireland (Celtic Steps) will be presented.
Families will also have the opportunity to appreciate the traditional Mexican dances of the pre-Columbian era (Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca), the superb costumes of Comparsa Morelos (Chinelos) and the energetic dances of Danza Matachina Guadalupana. The fantastic Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico will delight audiences with their masterful dances from Mexico. Visitors will be treated to the joy of children’s voices with a performance by Aplausos of Colorado Children’s Chorale; the Rancherita de Colorado, Johaly López, and the beautiful music of Mariachi Corazón de Oro. In addition, Fiesta Colorado, Colorado Mestizo Dancers, Academia de Ballet Nezahualcoyotl and Grupo Xochipilli will share their art of Mexican folk dances. And, to end the day of performances in style, the Montbello Drumline will end the festivities in style.
For those looking for activities designed for infants and toddlers, the Denver Preschool Program invited local TV personalities Luis Canela and Jessica Crawford to read aloud from the book titled The Little Red Fort by Brenda J. Maier, respectively in Spanish and English. Children who attend this reading will receive a free book, while supplies last. There will be many more delicious ways to commemorate this occasion. Families who want to keep a souvenir of the day can have their picture taken at the photo booth decorated by Adrián Marbán and Isabel Medina. At the Storytelling Studio, demonstrator artist Chris Jones will share his pen and ink illustration and photography techniques.
Explore the entire museum and more
Plus, families can relax and enjoy the entire museum complex, its new spaces: Family Central, Sensory Garden, Creative Hub, and the Wonderspace, where the city’s DPS elementary school art exhibit can be admired.
The party doesn’t stop at the Denver Art Museum. Our neighbors from Golden triangle creative district will also celebrate children and their families with free admission and activities at the Denver Public Library, the Clyfford Still Museum, the History Colorado Center and the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum.
We hope you will join us for this wonderful celebration of children, family and community!