Faculty Mentor

Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


The Chicano movement took place during the late 1960s through the early 1970s and introduced the contemporary mural movement. This movement was what paved the path for many Chicanos to express and protest their interpretations of social issues such as racism, immigration and Chicano identity though art. Chicano artists have chosen to express the political side of being a Chicano through art because they really want to provoke and cross lines that most people do not dare to do. I will use academic journals, periodicals, and art abstracts to improve and support my research. My paper will show that the contemporary mural movement helped establish an integrating role for Chicano artist to express their beliefs and self-identities within their culture. I will discuss the work of popular artists such as Guillermo Gómez-Peña as one of the many well-known Chicano activists who specialized in protestarte.