RIP/QEPD Pablo Aceves, Raul Jaquez, Felipe Adame, Howard Hollman, Rebecca Romero, Chunky Sanchez, Rico Bueno, David Savage, Cruz & AnnaMarie Contreras, Andre Banks, and Francine Jimenez
50th Chicano Park Day, Sat. April 25, 2020
Organized by the Chicano Park Steering Committee, Stewards of Chicano Park
The 50th annual Chicano Park Day celebration was held on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in historic Chicano Park, located in the Logan Heights community, south of downtown San Diego under the San Diego-Coronado bridge.
Thank you to all the performers at our 49th annual celebration (held April 20, 2019), including Ballet Folklórico CalifAztlán, Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN, La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlán, Mujeres en Resistencia, DJ Rambo One, Quinteto Caballero, Chocolate Revolution, Tall Can, Ruby Clouds, Karina Frost & The Banduvloons, Almas Fronterizas, Quetzalcoatl Band, DJ Viejo Lowbo, Pancho Villa's Skull, Santana para Ti and all the danzantes coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. Additional thanks to Amigos Car Club for coordinating the car show and Giovanni Cerda coordinating the kids arts workshop. And mil gracias to all the volunteers, both those who contribute on the day of the event as well as those who work throughout the year to ensure a great celebration. And thanks to the community for attending this year's event!
Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of Mexican and Chicano history. The Park was recognized as a San Diego Cultural Resource by the San Diego Historical Society in 1980. In addition, Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997, on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in December 2016.
Chicano Park Calendar: Commemorating 50 years of Chicano Park!
Support the all-volunteer Chicano Park Steering Committee by purchasing a 50th Anniversary Chicano Park calendar, a joint project of the CPSC and Amigos Car Club. The publication is $15 (+$3.50 for mailing if outside San Diego) for this 17-month calendar (January 2019 to May 2020) and includes a pull-out insert keepsake of the history of Chicano Park and the mural map. Bulk rates are: 50 calendars - $13 per copy; 100 calendars - $12 per copy; 500 calendars - $10 per copy; 1,000 calendars - $8 per copy, plus the cost of mailing if needed. Orders: email@example.com
Chicano Park Bathroom Expansion Project
Five new murals will be painted on the outside walls of the new bathrooms. The sketches below (by Patricia Aguayo, Hector Villegas, Giovanni Cerda ("MEX") and Sal Barajas) received the most votes at our July 2017 meeting.
Chicano Park approved for National Historic Landmark status
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 24 new National Historic Landmarks on January 11, 2017. Chicano Park is among those sites. "On April 20, 1970, community residents occupied Chicano Park in San Diego, California, in an ultimately successful effort to prevent the construction of a California Highway Patrol substation on land where the City of San Diego had promised the neighborhood a community park. Representative of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Chicano Park has become a cultural and recreational gathering place for the Chicano community and is the location of the Chicano Park Monumental Murals, an exceptional assemblage of master mural artwork painted on the freeway bridge supports." Read complete press release here. Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997 and was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 2013.
Chicano Park Recreation Improvements Completed
Ribbon-cutting held on November 5, 2015
Join the San Diego Urban Corps and the Chicano Park Steering Committee on November 5, 3pm to celebrate the improvements/additions including the children's playground, tiny tots area, new handball court, adult outdoor fitness area (and new grass planted adjacent), skate lane, Raul Jacquez metal artwork restored (and fountain tile work),and landscaping alongside the placita.
Read about SD Urban Corps's work in Pablo J. Sáinz article in La Prensa from July 24, 2015.
Tommie Camarillo Day at San Diego City Council, Sept. 20, 2016
Councilman David Alvarez on behalf of the San Diego City Council proclaimed September 20, 2016 to be Tomasa 'Tommie' Camarillo Day
..."WHEREAS, Tommie Camarillo has been a faithful steward and protector, dedicated to her love for a park that serves as a cultural anchor and symbolizes the importance of struggle, sacrifice, and equality; and..." (part of the proclamation)
Students Document Chicano Park Mural History
In 2012, Dr. Alberto Pulido's students at USD, in consultation with the Chicano Park Steering Committee, worked to update documentation of the murals at Chicano Park. The students worked diligently to re-create/update the Chicano Park mural map and have produced a gorgeous publication. A big thank you to the students!
Now a revised Chicano Park Murals Documentation Project publication (2015) is available. This revised book includes images of all the restored murals, along with information on the original artists involved in the restoration. At the front of the book is an easy-to-read map of all the murals and their location in the park. The book is available for $25 from Dr. Pulido (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the monthly CPSC meeting and/or contact the CPSC at email@example.com
A group of USD students, under the guidance of Professor Alberto Pulido, volunteered to be a part of the first Chicano Park-University of San Diego Documentation Project from January to May 2011.
Through the collection of oral histories, students documented the history of Chicano Park, Chicano/a history, and five unique aspects of Chicano/a cultural expression that emerged as a result of the establishment of Chicano Park. The five cultural expressions captured by this year's project are: Chicano Art as seen in the public and political biography of Victor Ochoa; Chicano Music as seen through the life of Ramon 'Chunky' Sanchez; Community Organizing (Chicano Park Steering Committee) as seen through the life of Tommie Camarillo; Danzantes (indigenous dance) as seen in the life of Rosa Olga Navarro; and Chicano Car Culture (low riders) as lived and experienced by Rigo Reyes.
Go to http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/es/students/chicano_park.php to view the presentations & posters.
Congratulations to Chunky Sanchez
2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow!
Information on all 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/NHFIntro.php?year=2013
The community also celebrated the dedication of the Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez auditorium and mural unveiling (artwork by Sal Barajas & Francisco Contreras) at King Chavez Neighborhood of Schools, 415 - 31st St, San Diego 92102 on Wednesday, June 12, 2013."San Diego Musician Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez honored locally, nationally Katie Euphrat,KBPS, June 12, 2013: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/jun/12/san-diego-musician-ramon-chunky-sanchez-honored-lo/
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert was held on September 27 at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University and the awards ceremony on September 25! For those of us not in Washington DC this week, the NEA streamed the concert live on its website: www.arts.gov
Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project