West Dean College


In May, 2011, as part of the program West Dean College has created to strengthen links between the two entities and continue providing cultural support to the children of Xilitla, a second event took place around a course for fourteen students from two local elementary schools, María Concepción Villegas and Amado Nervo.

This time, over the course of two weeks, the children created an artisanal album that featured local recipes, drawings, Mexican songs, photos and more.

Each student dedicated the book to a child at West Dean Primary School and they also received an album that had been personalized by West Dean Elementary students and teachers.

West Dean College students Abigail Uhteg and Mariana Barreda led the course.



Over three weeks in the summer of 2010, a course was conducted at facilities in Edward James’s sculpture garden and featured participation on the part of 28 children from Xilitla’s María Concepción Villegas elementary school.

The project was entitled Festival de Verano Las Pozas-West Dean—“The Las Pozas-West Dean Summer Festival.”

Children who participated learned about protecting the environment, poetry, singing, San Luis Potosí’s huapango music, juggling, theatre and a number of other subjects; classes were led by Emma Dexter and Mariana Barrera, both West Dean College students, as well as by Nicole Matchette, a University of Pennsylvania conservation student, and other local teachers that joined the project.