Los Maestros is an ongoing program of the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association. It is designed to teach our children the hands-on skills of New Mexican folk art, an artistic heritage that has been passed down for many generations. The art classes are held once a month at the Chimayo Museum. Subjects taught include tinwork, straw applique, traditional wood carving, weaving, micaceous pottery, colcha embroidery and traditional painting on wood and hide. The students range in age between nine and seventeen. They pledge to stay in school, resist drugs and to be respectful and well-mannered during all activities.
Aida Luz Gonzalez has been the president and/or director of the Los Maestros del Norte Program since its inception. Her unwavering commitment has carried it through good times and bad times. Aida is now a board member of the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association and continues as director of Los Maestros.
Los Maestros program, The Chimayo Museum and other programs of the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Assocciation are supported by Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe and Heritage Hotels and Resorts.