CMCP’s promotion of Colorado’s Chicana/o/x mural history and the practice of muralism is done through education, outreach, and with the support from muralists, community members, and community partnerships. Recent programming initiatives include a CMCP curated exhibit, Smoking Mirrors: Visual Histories of Identities, Resistance, and Resilience and the development of a Colorado Chicana/o/x muralism curriculum for the classroom.
CMCP’s Colorado Chicana/o/x muralism curriculum provides students with the tools needed to rediscover aging legacy murals, to learn about the resilience of ancestors, and to affirm and amplify their community voices and sense of place. Throughout the 2021/2022 academic year, CMCP has collaborated with Mr. Tim Hernandez at North High School, Mr. Zach Thrower at Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design and muralists Julio Mendoza (Juls) and David Ocelotl Garcia to deliver and create six Colorado Chicana/o/x muralism lessons. We seek to make this curriculum available and accessible to other classrooms in the future. This work has been made possible through generous support from Arts In Society.
Smoking Mirrors brought together the work of over 20 muralists and artists from Colorado and New Mexico to the Museo De Las Americas in Denver, CO from October 15, 2021 to February 26, 2022. This exhibition honored artists and muralists as storytellers and brought communities and artists together through the generous support from Arts In Society, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies at Colorado College, Latinas First, Metropolitan State University Journey Through Our Heritage, Mexican Cultural Center Denver, and SCFD.
Below are some of the works that were on display at this exhibition
Smoking Mirrors Spotlight: Sylvia Montero
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