A colorful public mural in San Antonio,Texas encourages students to stay in school. (...un mural público colorido en San Antonio, Texas alienta a los estudiantes a permanecer en la escuela.)
Vibrant murals adorn many of the walls within San Antonio’s West Side. They celebrate the area’s Chicano culture and history with bright colors, beautiful designs, and empowering imagery.
The one above was painted by local artists Cruz Ortiz and Juan Ramos in 1994, to call attention to the gang violence within the West Side. Its symbolism speaks volumes…this student has chosen her education over bad influences like gangs. She is holding a banner in triumph over the skeletons and graves of gang members still clutching their guns. Other symbols celebrate the population’s Mexican heritage like Aztec pyramids in the background and a flourishing agave plant in the sunrise.
Amazingly, the mural has sustained very little damage or vandalism over the years (although fading and cracking requires occasional restoration). The San Antonio Cultural Arts Program, a group of local artists dedicated to placing murals and artwork around the city, fosters a sense of community pride around the murals it helps create. Each new mural receives a religious and indigenous blessing. Block parties full of music, food, and art celebrate every new art installation.
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