Huitzilopochtli, David Ocelotl Garcia, 2008, 2895 W. 8th Avenue, Denver

We are fighting to protect our state’s visual heritage and preserve legacy murals throughout Colorado. CMCP works with artists, educators, community leaders and activists to document and protect the mural arts in our state. Our initiatives range from the restoration of white-washed murals to providing public mural tours and working with K-12 teachers to develop related educational materials. We are also working to creating high-quality digital resources and archives made available to the public via our website. Finally, CMCP is committed to our collaborations with historical preservation groups and governmental agencies to seek legal protections for murals across Colorado. Please consider donating to support CMCP’s continued mission of advocacy and education.  

CMCP is a grass-roots organization whose mission is to promote, protect, and preserve the murals of Colorado, particularly those produced by artists of Chicanx, Latinx, and/ or Indigenous heritage, as well as artists of other historically marginalized communities. Our primary focus is on arts activism via education, political advocacy, and public outreach.

 

Sierras y Colores, Carlos Sandoval, 1986, San Luis

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Chicano/a/x Community Murals of Colorado One of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Momentum towards preserving Chicano/a/x murals grows!

Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the only non-profit with a national mission to preserve places that are central to the heritage of the United States, recognized the critical significance of Chicano/a/x Community Murals of Colorado. The Trust named to their 11 Most Endangered Places list 2022 an act intended to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation’s greatest treasures. The list has identified more than 300 important national heritage sites over three decades, and only a handful of sites listed have been lost.

Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project (CMCP) nominated these heritage murals to the “11 Most” list, due to increasing threats including rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in communities across Colorado and a lack of legal protections that put murals at high risk of destruction and erasure. Colorado’s harsh climate can also cause deterioration and fading that threatens murals. As muralists of the Chicano movement age or pass away, there is limited time to restore original murals, and some have already been lost or painted over. 

La Alma, Emanuel Martinez, 1978, 1325 W. 11th Ave., Denver, CO

CALL TO ACTION

Although the exact number is unknown, it is believed that more than 40 historic Chicano/a/x community murals exist across the state of Colorado, including the Great Plains, the Denver Central Region, The Southern Rocky Mountains, and The Colorado Plateau, and the Wyoming Basin. 

Please let us know about historic legacy murals in your communities by filling out this form  Click Here

 

Untitled by Alicia Cardenas, 2020, 2700 Larimer St., Denver
Untitled, Leo Lucero, 1978, Plaza Verde Park, Pueblo, CO