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Chican@ Murals of Colorado Project Led by Dr. Lucha Martinez de Luna

The mission of the Chicana/o Murals of Colorado Project (CMCP) is to protect, promote, and preserve the ongoing legacy of Chicana/o murals within the state of Colorado. The project is designed to be a grassroots community effort to preserve this key component of Colorado’s visual heritage in response to the threats presented by the murals’ increasing age, as well as the on-going urban development and gentrification in neighborhoods and cities tied to the history of Colorado’s Chicana/o population.

The Colorado Chicano/a Mural Project offers opportunities for collaboration between artists, archivists, activists, and members of the Chicana/o community, as well as the broader population. In addition to preserving and promoting the murals themselves, the project provides a mechanism for recognizing the important contributions of Chicana/o individuals and communities to the state's history.

Their upcoming event, Chicano Murals of Colorado Conference, brings together scholars and artists to discuss the visual legacy of Chicana/o muralists as advocates and activists whose art has shaped our communities and given a voice to the peoples and places of Colorado. The symposium is open to the public, including college and high school students. It will be held October 19th, from 9:30am-4pm, at History Colorado. RSVP is required.

On view now: Para Mi Pueblo at the McNichols Civic Center building until December 22nd. Chicano/a muralists have actively transformed the urban landscapes of Colorado, creating public images that celebrate the diversity and history of the state since the late 1960s to the present. For more than 50 years, these artists have chronicled both the past and the present, while also offering new visions of a shared future. This exhibition celebrates the visual legacy of Chicano/a muralists as advocates and activists whose art has shaped our communities and given a voice to the people and places of Colorado.

Participating artists: Gregg Deal, DINKC, Victor Escobedo, Carlotta Espinoza, Javier Flores, Carlos Frésquez, Ernie Gallegos, Anthony Garcia, David Garcia, Jason Garcia, Frank Garza, UC Sepia, Jay Jaramillo, Jerry Jaramillo, JOLT, Karma Leigh, Bobby Lopez, Josiah Lopez, Daniel Lowenstein, Arlette Lucero, Stevon Lucero, Onver Macias, Emanuel Martínez, Andy Mendoza, Tony Ortega, Rebecca Rozales, Carlos Sandoval, Leo Tanguma, Leticia Tanguma.

On view Now!

Oct. 19, 9:30 AM -4 PM, at History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Oct. 19, 2-4 PM, at History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Oct. 19, 4:30-7 PM, at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax

Lucha Martínez de Luna is a Colorado native and archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerica. She is the Director of the O'na Tök Archaeological Project in Chiapas, Mexico. She directs an archaeological field school and is a visiting professor of the University of Science and Arts in Chiapas. Lucha actively advocates for the preservation of Chicano public art and conducts research of the Hispano people and arts in the American Southwest and Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver and earned a Master's Degree from Brigham Young University.

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