Chicano Park Field Trip May 9, 2018

Chicano Park Field Trip May 9, 2018

Our class visit to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan on May 9, 2018 was my first visit to the park. Professor Luis told us that the park was created in the early 1970s, when organizers demanded a neighborhood park under the bridge as a symbol of their culture and community. I was really impressed by the paintings of murals in the park that were created by local Chicano art groups; each mural tells a powerful independent story or message. Even though the Chicano Park is under a noisy highway, it felt tranquil and relaxing.  Without the community’s determination to make this space theirs, it could easily be a run down and forgotten area or consumed by the gentrification taking place around it.  Being at the park makes me appreciate how community histories can be told through art and displayed in a public space for all to enjoy and learn from..

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