1. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT: City of Coachella’s longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural.

    imageCity of Coachella’s longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural

    About a month ago I received a message from Oralia (Yaya), Founder and President of Culturas1 Music & Art through the CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page. Oralia wrote to me about the project which she was working on with her city. The endeavor she spoke to me about was the longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural in the City of Coachella, California. What interested me about Culturas1 Music & Arts project was the community involvement of the beautification of their city. I wanted share what they were doing in Coachella, so I asked Oralia if she would send me some images and a write up to share with all the CHICANO ART MOVEMENT readers and beyond to help promote the feat they are on the verge of accomplishing.

    If you would like to visit City of Coachella’s longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural it is located at: 85-471 Bagdad Ave on Shady Lane. Or if you would like Information for tours or questions can be addressed to Ruben Gonzalez, Projects Coordinator or email Culturas1 Music & Art.

    Artists, Curators, galleries and museums! Culturas1 Music & Art is looking for Chicano and Mexican art exhibitions to travel to their city. If you have a exhibition which you would like to show to the Coachella Valley masses connect with them.
    As Oralia (Culturas Music & Art) said: "It would be awesome to see what the great City of Los Angeles is doing and expose the beautiful arte that is being created or have creating for years."
    Contact them here: culturas1@aol.com

    More images at: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page
    imagevia Culturas Music & Arts:
    Culturas Music & Arts (CMA), mission is to support all individuals to form strong positive community values, cultural understanding, and artistic awareness within themselves and others by ensuring a safe, healthy, educational environment that promotes art, music, dance, and theater.
    In 2008 a small group of local Coachella residents were concerned with the lack of public art programs in our community. Culturas Music & Arts was formed to try and addressed those issues.

    In the late 70’s early 80’s a mural was painted depicting Chicano History by Artistas del Valle, a group of young Chicano artists. The Chicano mural was never finished due to lack of funds. Years passed and the mural began to fade and wall began to collapse, years later a new wall took its place.
    In 2009 CMA began to organize to replace a whole new mural. We submitted a proposal to the City of Coachella for funding of material and paint. CMA requested and posted a call for artists. All artists would be on a volunteer basis. A panel of 3 committee members would oversee and would be responsible for picking the artists. Each artist was assigned a 6’ x 50” panel and was given a historical timeline to research, and then an accurate sketch of the timeline had to be submitted for approval. Once approved, the artist would either sketch free hand or project in black and white, and then sketched. The research provided an opportunity to gain knowledge of important events; contributions and struggles Chicano/Mexicans people. Each panel is different in style and shows the individual talents and styles of each artist. The mural (research was done) is the second longest historical timeline mural in California that we know of and we are proud to have painted in the City of Coachella. The mural actually began in 2011.

    The beginning of the mural reads; this mural is dedicated to the mystic City of Aztlan and the great people of the Mexica, past, present and future.
    Artists and their timeline;
    Pre-Columbian; Victor Pacillo & Chris Pacillo
    Colonization; Chris Sanchez
    Mexican Independence; Cuahtemoc Aldrete
    Mexican/Spanish War; The Alamo, Los Ninos Heros, Cece & Ryan Bowens.
    French/Mexican War; Cinco De Mayo, Sal Gomez, George Mendez, Pedro Facio
    Mexican Revolution; “Dreamer” (sketch), Kimberley Garcia, Keila Cupil,
    Mexican Folklore; Cortez, Vasquez, Murrieta; Frank & Oscar Lemus
    Zoot Riots, Chavez Ravine; Gina Ortega, Johnny Esquivel
    War 1&11, Chris Redman, Moe Ramos, Robbie Ochoa, Jerry Cervantes
    Mexican Artists, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Cemente Sequiros, David A. Orozco, Lorena Carrington; Princess Ramirez
    A small mural of La IIorna; Princessa Ramierz
    Mosic of the Virgen; Ruben R Gonzalez
    Mexican Golden Era of Music & Film; Keila Cupil
    The Braceros Period; Joe Noe Hernandez
    Chicano Music Wave; Date Farmers
    Chicanos in Vietnam; Chris Redman, Landon Johnson
    Cesar Chavez & UFW’s; Jesus Gonzalez, Octavio Gonzalez
    Chicano Movement; Raices Members, Gabriel Perez, Carlos Gonzalez, Tone Rubio
    Lowrider Movement; (Still need to be finished) Jerry Cervantes, Robbie Ochoa, J J Perez,
    Chicanos in Government and leadership; Jesus Olivares
    At the end of the mural, some small images of Chicanos in education
    Around the corner of the wall an image of Aztec Peloteros and images of the 52 cycles, (Which is pretty interesting because the mural ends in the corner of Ave 52).

    Besides these artists there have been many volunteers, often local residents who just wanted to assist, help paint something. It’s been a great journey. I find it a relief that we are almost done, yet there is sadness. The mural has been our life, we slept, drank mural. But, I must say I can’t wait to finish it up in the next two weeks so we can start a new project.

    Photos courtesy of: Bri Urena

    More info on CMA visit: Culturas1 Music & Art Facebook


  2. JOHN VALADEZ - Summer Festivals in Orange County, 1998 (Mural) - Oil on Canvas, 15 x 70 ft., Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse and Office Building, Santa Ana, California

    About the mural:
    The curved “Piano wall” in the pavillion, "We The People: Summer Festivals of Orange County." The epic mural painted by John Valadez, brings people of Orange County- their cultures, history and traditions- inside the courthouse in a visually dramatic way.

    For the mural’s central metapjor, Valadez chose summer festivals - the community’s celebrations of its history, traditions, and rich mix of cultures. He spent a year attending festivals throughout the county and researching its history, economy, and social development. Two more years were required to bring the work from sketch to completion. Painted in oils on canvas, the mural comprises 7 panels; its total size 15 feet by 70 feet.

    Artist John Valadez was born in Los Angeles, and earned his bachelors degree of Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach. He has achieved an international artistic reputation. He has exhibited widley in the US and Europe, and in 1987 he was selected as the first American artist to receive an artist-in-residence fellowship at the Foundation of Art D’La Napoule in France. His other honors have included the 1994 Getty Fellowship Award from the California Community Arts Foundation and the 1996 General Services Adminstration Design Award for the El Paso Mural Project.

    The times I have spoke to Mr. Valadez have been mainly about this mural and its exact location. I heard this mural existed years back and also heard you needed security clearance to view (not true). Inbetween learning about the location of the mural Mr. John Valadez also shared some good stories with me. One story I remember about this mural Mr. Valadez told me is that his fellow Chicano art peers were not too pleased with him painting a mural for a building named after "The Gipper". But, as you can see that did not deter him from creating this immense artwork for the city of Santa Ana, California. I highly suggest if you are in or around the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse you go inside and view this mural by Chicano great Mr. John M. Valadez.

    If you go view this mural, try to spot the depiction of our former President of the United States. (Hint: balloons)


  3. "Organic Stimulus" Restoration 2012

    We at MCLA are humbled and honored by the generous outpour of love and support for muralist Ernesto de la Loza and his just restored “Organic Stimulus”, a mural created in 1975 in the heart of Estrada Courts, the birth of the Chicano Mural Art Movement! MCLA is grateful to the Department of Cultural Affairs for awarding MCLA a grant, making the restoration of “Organic Stimulus” possible.

    As members of L.A.’s diverse communities, your support of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) ensures that we can continue to restore and protect our most precious murals, the monuments of our history and culture. We urge you to consider supporting our cause with a donation of any amount, contributing directly to restoration and preservation efforts. Be part of L.A.’s history, help us to leave a legacy for many generations to come! Together we can reclaim Los Angeles’ title as The Mural Capital of the World!

    I am in a couple slides in this video, but I will not reveal super herue secret identity.

    (Source: chicano.ucla.edu)


  4. OSCAR MAGALLANES - El Movimiento / The Movement - Mural

    Interview with stencil artist, Oscar Magallanes shot and directed by Estée Ochoa. The artist talks about his recent mural commission at the Firestone Library in South Los Angeles. The mural is an L.A. County Arts Commission in partnership with the Community Development Commission.



    Here is a couple of pictures I took of Chicano artist John Valadez’s mural "Welcome to Long Beach." The mural is located in Long Beach, California. I planned a trip to Long Beach a couple months ago to go view the MEX/L.A. exhibit at the Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and this vertical massive mural by Mr. Valadez. I was able to talk to Mr. Valadez at the Mapping Another L.A. exhibit at the Fowler Museum and we talked a little about his mural in Santa Ana, California at the Ronald Reagan Federal Court House and this one in Long Beach. Cool little fact Mr. Valadez told me about the Long Beach mural is that Chicano great and East Los Streetscaper, Wayne Alaniz Healy installed the "Welcome To Long Beach" mural. Mr. Valadez will have a survey exhibition of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla (MCASD) later this year.