46th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration
Organized by the Chicano Park Steering Committee, Stewards of Chicano Park
Thank you to all the volunteers, performers, speakers, lowriders, vendors, and beautiful gente who came out to enjoy the 46th annual Chicano Park Day!
The 46th Chicano Park Day celebration took place on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in historic Chicano Park, located in the Logan Heights community, under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. The theme for the 46th celebration was "Empowering Our Youth, Ensuring Our Traditions Live On." The day's events included traditional music, ballet folklorico, danza Azteca and zapateado rebelde. In addition, the celebration included live bands, lowrider car show, vendor booths, kids arts workshops, speakers representing Amigos Car Club, the Brown Berets de Aztlan, Via International and CPSC keynote address by Felicia Castillo. We look forward to seeing you all at he 47th annual celebration on Saturday April 22, 2017.
Poster description (shown above, left) : "El Corrido de Tomasa Camarillo" (2014 mural) by artists Patricia Aguayo and Cesar Castaneda. 'Tomasa (Tommie) Camarillo, guerrera de Aztlán, stands before a Chimalli (shield) Azteca with feathers flowing from her hair and holding a rosary. Like the Chimalli, Tommie has been a protector of our cultura, movimiento, and sacred land Chicano Park. We honor you, Tommie Camarillo for dedication your life to Chicano Park and we thank you for the legacy you helped create for present and future generations of Aztlán.
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 the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history. Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
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Starting May 24,join the Chicano Park Herb Garden Intergenerational Work-n-Learn, Tuesdays, 9:30am to noon. Come join us to help water, weed, harvest, plant, clean up and share knowledge with your community at the community herb garden at Chicano Park!
The next meeting of the Chicano Park Steering Committee will be Sunday May 29, 2016, 3pm at the Kiosco in Chicano Park.
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.
Chicano Park Herb and Cactus Garden
On November 14 and 15, 2015, community volunteers cleaned and prepped the soil in the cactus garden/sweatlodge area of Chicano Park. Medicinal plants were planted and mulched and new walkways were created. Mil gracias to Georgette Gomez and Xochitl de la Tierra and all the gente who came out to make this beautiful dream a reality. Thanks to Daniela Conde for many of these photos.
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
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
The Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project was completed in August 2012. CalTrans announced the completion of the project on August 21, 2012. More news coverage here.
For articles, photos and videos of the restored murals, click here or go to the 'Murals' and 'Press' links at the top of the page.
Thank you to all who joined us on Saturday, August 25, 2012 to celebrate the newly restored/revitalized murals. The festivities began with the blessing of all the newly-restored murals by numerous Danza Azteca groups including Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca, Danza Mexi'coyotl, Toltecas en Aztlan, Danza Atlachinole, Danza Coatlicue Chemilitzli and Danza Quetzalhuzlin. In addition, Agua Dulce also performed and artists had their art on display.
Awards: On September 20, 2012, the Chicano Park Steering Committee, along with CalTrans and Ghiradelli received the Rosa Parks Excellence in Diversity award at the Women's Transportation Seminar Annual Awards celebration. On October 11, 2012, the Chicano Park Mural Restoration Project received the "Grand Orchid" award at the 2012 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla.
Josie Talamantez & the Chicano Park Steering Committee were selected as the recipient of 2013 People in Preservation, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Save Our Heritge Organisation (SOHO). The 31st annual awards ceremony took place on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Shown below: Arturo Casares, Diane Bolivar, Tommie Camarillo, Josie Talamantez and Joe Le Blanc
National Register of Historic Places:
Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997. The nomination of Chicano Park and the Chicano Park Monumental Murals for the National Register was approved by the California State Historical Resources Commission at their quarterly meeting on Friday, November 9, 2012. After the nomination was approved by the California State Historical Resources Commission, it was forwarded for consideration on the National Register of Historic Places. Chicano Park was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 2013. The National Register focuses on buildings and structures, so the uniqueness of Chicano Park would set a different kind of precedent for the National Trust. Mil gracias to Josie Talamantez for her dedicated, diligent work behalf of the Chicano Park Steering Committee in this endeavor.
To read the approved nomination registration form, go to http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/weekly_features/2013/CA_12001192.pdf
Chicano Park was founded on April 22, 1970 when the community of Barrio Logan and Chicano movement activists joined forces to protest the construction of a Highway Patrol station on the present site of the park. The Highway Patrol office was at the time the final insult to a community that had already been degraded by the demolition of hundreds of homes to make way for Interstate 5, the Coronado Bridge, the placement of toxic industries and junkyards, lack of community facilities, proper schools, jobs, social or medical services.
Protesters led by the Brown Berets, community activists, artists, M.E.Ch.A. and others took over the site and faced police and bulldozers for days while negotiations took place that resulted in the land being given over for a community park. In the following days and months similar actions by the same groups led to the forming of a Chicano Free Clinic, now known as the Logan Heights Family Health Center, and the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.
The struggle for Chicano Park came to symbolize the Chicano Mexicano people's struggle for self-determination and self-empowerment. The murals in the park painted by Chicano artists such as Victor Ochoa, Mario Torero, Yolanda Lopez, José Montoya, Sal Barajas, Juanishi Orosco, Berenice Badillo, Carmen Linares and many others portray the social, political and cultural issues that form the struggle for the liberation of Chicano Mexicanos.
Every year the community of Barrio Logan, the greater community of San Diego and people throughout the Southwest and across the US come together to celebrate the takeover of Chicano Park.
Slideshow from the 2006 Chicano Park Day celebration