Mexican Museum of San Francisco and the Chia Plant

Interview with Adriana Lopez, interim Director of the Mexican museum

Chia Art - Part of the exhibition of the Mexican Museum

Chia Art – Part of the exhibition of the Mexican Museum

Today we will have a conversation with Adriana Lopez, the interim director of the Mexican Museum. We will talk about the programs that the Mexican Museum has for the community, about their permanent and temporary expositions, and also about the new headquarter building that is currently under construction on the Yerba Buena Garden area.

Chia is a legendary plant with a great history and influence in Mesoamerica. It was historically used by the natives to get energy but also as a medicinal plant. This plant has also been utilized in the traditional and the folk arts. The Museum is offering an exploration day for families to learn about it. This day is offering hands-on activities, lectures about the properties of the plan from UC Davis Professors, art exploration with local artists, workshops with art facilitators and an exhibit with part of the museum chia related collection.

The museum brings every quarter a different family day with these educational hands-on activities. They bring a different topic every time, as it has been the tradition for over 30 years. Since 2015, they have also added an annual workshop exploring the relationship between natural sciences, Mexican culture, and Art. Last year they dedicated a day about corn and the Mexican tradition, and this year they chose Chia.

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