To promote and expand the dia® methodology and transformation of education.

The Art and Education Program provides teachers, principals, students and parents the capacity to co-create learning environments. The program promotes the construction of the self through the development of abilities, knowledge, attitudes and ways of behaving by creating spaces where people exercise the capacity to perceive in depth, to think carefully about the things that happen inside and outside them, to share their ideas with confidence, to assess what they are and what they can become, as well as to acknowledge feelings and emotions to self-regulate themselves, and to learn to discern what is best for them. With human development as a starting point, the program creates spaces for reflexive dialogue through methodologies that potentialize the individual and that uses art as a vehicle for transformation.


dia® methodology (Developing Intelligence through Art) holds a space and facilitates transformative conversation using a work of art as a portal. The methodology behind dia® develops the whole human through four camps of abilities, which are communicative, cogntive, social-emotional and affective. The dia® methodology was developed by Claudia Madrazo and a group of investigators in La Vaca Independiente.

TAE Foundation is supporter and enthusiast of the dia® program and offers financial and research support to further promote and share this innovative educational program within several sectors of society. Amongst the programs supported by TAE are those in Mexican jails, mental institutions, rural communities and dia® volunteers.

Sal a Pajarear.

The Sal a Pajarear projects seek to promote a conservation ethic through birdwatching, by creating a consciousness among children and adults living in rural communities on the importance of protecting natural habitat. It involves teaching volunteer instructors living or working in a rural community how to teach children about birds. They commit to taking the children on a bird walk at least once a month in addition to realizing a monthly event for children and adults that will motivate them to learn more about their birds and natural surroundings. The data collected on the bird walks is entered into e-bird.

The first program was initiated in 2010 in six communities in the Tamarindo Peninsula on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico and now in its 5th year it includes the participation of approximately 200 children in 11 rural communities. It is funded by the Fundación de la Costa de Jalisco A.C.

The project in the Yucatan Peninsula, coordinated by Niños y Crías A.C. and funded by the Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández, Transformación, Arte y Educación A.C. and Optics for the Tropics began in spring of 2014 and is active in 15 communities in which 180 children are participating.