Last Thursday, we took our first class field trip to tour Chicano Park. Located in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood, Chicano Park is home to the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States, all of which represent the cultural heritage of the Mexican and Mexican-American community of San Diego. Upon arriving at Chicano Park, I was struck by the juxtaposition of colorful expression in the wake of industrial infrastructure. Before enrolling in the Race and Oral History Project, I had never even heard of Chicano Park, so it was a fantastic experience to see the result of community activism first hand. The muralsRead More →

Going to Chicano park really brought me back to my hometown and community. In the hour that we had to explore, I was able to see the remnants of resistance, humanity, and growing gentrification. Almost all of the murals I saw were politically charged, which really brought me back to when I grew up in Oakland. The art and graffiti present were always tackling larger systemic inequalities or exuding pride for the location. This type of artivism is unknown to the public because of fear or prejudice against the people(s) living there. One of the things that stood out most to me was the communalRead More →

As a woman of hispanic descent, learning about the history of Chicano Park is always so empowering for me because it reminds me of all the struggles my people have overcome and because it inspires me to fight for what I believe is right. On this trip, my classmate and I were lucky enough to learn about one of the community members favorite mural. We were told that their favorite mural is the “brown image,” or  “the deer dance,” because it represents the life of a chief from infancy to adulthood and illustrates the importance of knowing where one comes from. Through this experience, IRead More →

We volunteer with the UWEAST Girl Scouts program, where most of the girls are in elementary school. When we first met them, they made me remember what it was like to be that age. I’m all old but they wanted to play tag and their energy was infectious. We were guiding the girls on how to cook; showing them how to peel potatoes, marinate chicken, and chop onions. While we were dicing onions, I talked with the girls about helping their parents cook, what kind of music they like, and what crazy foods they want to try (marshmallows with tomatoes, what?). The physical space inRead More →