Nueva Exposición Explora “El Arte de la Protesta”

January 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Epifanía: una palabra que para muchos evoca asociaciones religiosas, como la aparición de Dios o un festival cristiano celebrando la divinidad de Dios.

También puede significar “realización”, llegando a un entendimiento sobre algo que no se había entendido previamente.

Una nueva exhibición se abrió el fin de semana pasado en el vecindario de Lincoln Heights en Los Ángeles que celebra la intersección de los dos significados en el contexto de cinco décadas del Movimiento Chicano.

The Art of Protest: Epiphany and the Culture of Empowerment (El Arte de la Protesta: Epifanía y la Cultura del Empoderamiento) se inauguró el 6 de enero en la Iglesia de la Epifanía en Lincoln Heights, y se extiende hasta el 29 de marzo.

La inauguración de la exposición se produjo pocos días antes de que el país celebrara el primer aniversario de la inauguración de Donald Trump como presidente y la histórica Marcha de las Mujeres, que atrajo a cientos de miles de mujeres a protestar en todo el país y está programada para este año.

Poster galardonado por Ava Walker, Aparicio Chamberlin que incluye la imagen icónica del periodista asesinado Rubén Salazar. Ava es la nieta de Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin y la quinta generación de la familia Aparicio que participa en el movimiento chicano. / Foto por John Aparicio-Chamberlin

A medida que nos acercamos al primer aniversario, es difícil no recordar la gran disparidad que existe en este país, a pesar de décadas de protestas para lograr la justicia social y la igualdad.

La Iglesia de la Epifanía, con sus propias raíces en el movimiento por los derechos civiles, está pasando por un “revitalización” de algún tipo. Los activistas comunitarios, la mayoría de ellos chicanos, han trabajado con funcionarios de la iglesia y feligreses para volver a hacer de la iglesia un centro de acción política progresiva y conciencia cultural.

El arte de la protesta es un paso en esa dirección, centrando la atención en la participación de la parroquia en cuestiones de justicia social desde fines de la década de 1960 hasta la actualidad.

La exposición está comisariada por la educadora de LACMA Sofía Gutiérrez, el artista Ricardo Reyes, quien dice que fue “nutrido” en el Movimiento Chicano de Epifanía cuando era joven, el historiador Rosalío Muñoz (copresidente de la Moratoria Chicana) y Ravi GuneWardena (director en Escher GuneWardena, arquitectos de preservación para Epiphany).

La exhibición reúne obras de más de 50 artistas involucrados en el Movimiento Chicano durante los años 60 y 70, y piezas más contemporáneas de artistas chicanos de hace mucho tiempo y artistas más jóvenes que abren nuevos caminos.

Una de las características más interesantes de la exposición es seguramente la colección de fotografías históricas que documentan el papel de la comunidad de Lincoln Heights al afirmar los derechos de los latinoamericanos nativos e inmigrantes en la región de Los Ángeles en los últimos 50 años.

Desde la inmigración hasta los derechos de los trabajadores a la educación y la expresión cultural, el Art of Protest es una epifanía, la constatación de que, aunque mucho ha cambiado, aún queda mucho por hacer en la lucha por el empoderamiento.

La exposición incluirá piezas de reconocidos artistas chicanos, conocidos localmente, como Carlos Almaraz, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Raúl Arreola, Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez, David Botello, Adolfo Ceballo, Yreina Cervantez, Mita Cuaron, Alfredo de Batuc, Beto de la Rocha, Ava Aparicio-Chamberlin, Andres Duran, Margaret García, Roberto Gil de Montes, Henry Glovinsky, Michael Gomes, Wayne Healy, Gilbert Lujan “Magu”, Frank Romero y otros, así como Guadalupe Rodríguez, Víctor Rosas, Rudy Salas, Víctor Solís, Sheryl Spangler, John Valadez, Sergio Verdin. Por una selección de artistas contemporáneos que simpatizan con temas actuales de justicia social latina y el legado del Movimiento, que incluyen: Myisha Arrelano, Guillermo Bert, Dolores Carlo, Carolyn Castaño, Ismael de Anda III, Isaías Delgado, Alex Donis, Shepard Fairey, Alexis Garcia, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Ken Gonzales-Day, Juan Manuel Ildefonso, Bonnie Lambert, Tish Lampert, John C. Lewis, Arlene Mejorado, Camilo Ontiveros, Jennifer Reid, Bruce Richards, Sandy Rodríguez, Marianne Sadowski, Alicia Sterling Beach, Albert Valdez, J. Michael Walker, Gloria Westcott, y otros miembros artistas de la Iglesia de Epifanía.

El muralista Wayne Healy con su pintura de Ramona Gardens Mural y Vibiana Aparicio Chamberlin, cuyo su padre Elias Aparicio y madre Isabel Luna vivieron en esa área desde 1916 hasta 1938. / Foto por Rosalio Muñoz

El horario de exposición es de martes a sábado, de las 11 de la mañana a las 5 de la tarde en la Iglesia de Epifanía, que se encuentra en el bloque 2808 de la calle Altura en Los Ángeles. Para obtener más información, llame al (323) 227-9931.

Exposición “La Raza” Resalta Aporte al Movimiento Chicano

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Una exposición de fotografías del archivo de “La Raza”, publicación angelina bilingüe que cumple este año cincuenta años, resaltará su contribución al Movimiento Chicano del país.

La exposición recoge aspectos de las protestas escolares en el Este de Los Ángeles en 1968, las marchas de la Moratoria Chicana en 1970 y las diferentes expresiones culturales y artísticas del Movimiento Chicano en Los Ángeles, uno de sus epicentros.

La exhibición La Raza, que forma parte de la iniciativa cultural, será inaugurada el próximo 16 de septiembre para resaltar la trascendencia de este diario creado en 1967 y convertido luego en revista.

El Museo Autry del Oeste Americano mostrará fotografías que forman parte de un archivo de cerca de 25.000 imágenes actualmente bajo el manejo del Centro de Investigación de Estudios Chicanos (CSRC) de la Universidad de California Los Ángeles (UCLA).

“La Raza será el examen más sostenido hasta la fecha tanto de fotografía como de prensa alternativa del movimiento chicano, posicionando la fotografía no solamente como un medio artístico sino también como una poderosa herramienta de activismo social”, señaló el lunes en un comunicado.

La publicación atrajo a sus fotógrafos “no sólo como periodistas sino como artistas y activistas” del Movimiento de los Derechos Chicanos.

De esa forma, los fotógrafos captaron “los momentos definitivos, los participantes claves y los signos y símbolos del activismo chicano”.

La publicación que comenzó su vida en el sótano de una iglesia del Este de Los Ángeles, desde el principio fue concebida como “una herramienta de organización comunitaria a favor del movimiento chicano”, según destacó el ensayo “La Raza”, elaborado conjuntamente por Luis Garza, Colin Gunckel y Amy Scot, y publicado por UCLA este año.

La muestra estará abierta hasta el 1 de enero de 2019.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Giving Thanks, One Photo At A Time

August 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Angels Support Group has been busy putting up photos in a senior center conference room that doubles as a museum filled with artifacts chronicling the center’s history. The small room is now also home to a new memorial the group hopes will help preserve the legacy of giving by volunteers who have passed away.

Most of the old-timers who started the park’s programs are gone now, says Chris Mojica, a long time volunteer at Ruben Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

If it were up to him, everyone who uses the center would know the names of the people whose hard work, sacrifice and love helped make Salazar Park a vibrant community center.

Located in the heart of East L.A on Whittier Boulevard, Salazar Park is a place where people can come together and share good times, learn new skills, and even work on ways to influence elected officials by registering voters and sending letters on issues they deem important, the 86-year-old Mojica told EGP.

“It seems like just yesterday our park was called Laguna Park,” recalled Angel Support Group members in an email to EGP. They said most of the people who use the park aren’t aware it was at the center of one of the most important events in the fight for civil rights by Latinos in East Los Angeles, the Chicano Moratorium. Nor do they know its name was changed to honor Ruben Salazar, the journalist killed by Sherriff deputies during the Chicano Moratorium in 1970.

But the park’s legacy is not just about that moment in history, emphasizes Mojica, it’s really about the people who took it upon themselves to make sure services and activities are available to young and old in the Eastside, whether he or she was born in the U.S. or is an immigrant, speaks English, Spanish, or both.

Salazar Park volunteer Ray Guerrero uses his cane as a pointer, as one by one Angeles Support Group members names the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. (EGP photo by Gloria Alvarez-August 1, 2017)

Salazar Park volunteer Ray Guerrero uses his cane as a pointer, as one by one Angeles Support Group members names the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. (EGP photo by Gloria Alvarez-August 1, 2017)

If you live in a working class community and don’t have very much money, there aren’t always as many resources available, and those there are aren’t always the best. That’s why Salazar Park is so important to this community, said Ray Guerrero, 71, who has been lobbying the county parks department to include a variety of new amenities when it remodels the recreation center later this year.

It’s due to the generosity of a long list of volunteers that  “we have dancing, Pop Warner football and all kinds of sports,” ESL classes and other activities, the group said.

The Angels Support Groups is under the umbrella of the Friends of Salazar Park, a decades old volunteer organization dedicated to making the County of Los Angeles-run recreational facility a place where families feel comfortable gathering, and seniors feel wanted and respected. The Angels group was formed about a year and a half ago to provide emotional support and comfort to seniors as they face the challenges of growing old.

When someone doesn’t show up for a while, “we call to make sure he or she is okay. When a member of the group gets ill, we visit the person, sometimes at their home, but more often than not at a hospital or nursing home,” said 61-year-old Sylvia Ortiz. Sometimes there are too many people to fit into the van provided by the park to transport the volunteers, Ortiz said, adding, “It feels good to give back, to help others.”

Call it nostalgia or just wanting not to be forgotten, but these days there’s a sense of urgency in their efforts to memorialize their time and work at Salazar Park.

“We’ve lost some of the best friends Salazar Park ever had over the last few years and we just want people to know their names,” Mojica said, sharing with EGP a list of some of those who were around for decades giving of their time, energy and whatever resources they could muster before they passed.

Many on the list are honored with a photo on of the walls of the senior center.

On Tuesday, Guerrero used his cane as a pointer, as one by one they named the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. Ortiz joked that volunteer music instructor Marcelo Vasquez has left room for more photos, but she doesn’t want her picture up there anytime soon.

There’s Gabriela Salazar, or Gaby as most people knew her, a spitfire of a woman who volunteered at the center five days a week for over 30 years, teaching Zumba, organizing field trips, serving Thanksgiving dinner and giving out toys to the area’s many low-income families. Big in heart and full of energy, Gaby was always there.

Richard Romero, Audry Torres, Sergio Murga, Rosa Portillo and Elena Camargo all gave of their time and will be missed, so will former park director Dora Montijo.

Jonathan Sanchez, EGP’s COO and associate publisher who passed away in late December, has also earned a place on the wall at Salazar Park. “He gave us so many beautiful stories and donated money to our senior center,” the group said.

“All these wonderful people who gave so much, not only to our senior center but Salazar Park, have left us, but they are not forgotten,” the group said.

Memorial Wall photos of some of the men and women who spent decades volunteering to help Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Angel Support Group August 1, 2017)

Memorial Wall photos of some of the men and women who spent decades volunteering to help Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Angel Support Group August 1, 2017)

We owe them a lot, said Ortiz, who says she plans to follow their good example.

“What they gave came from the goodness in their souls,” added Vasquez.

A plaque on the wall, written in Spanish, recognizes their service and departure from this world:

“Thank you for all you have done for us. Rest in peace.”

Community Calendar: Dec. 4 – Dec. 10

December 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, 

Thurs., Dec. 4

3-4pm–Meet Children’s Author Edith Cohn at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. Cohn will read and sign copies of her book “Spirit Key”. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Library is located at 318 S. Ramona Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1358.

 

Friday, Dec. 5

11am-2pm–Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information at Anthony Quinn Library. Certified educators will provide information and answer questions and concerns. Open enrollment for 2015 begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For info, call (323) 264-7715.

6pm–Monterey Park Holiday Snow Village. Event will kick off with the annual tree lighting, and feature snow led runs, holiday music and pictures with Santa Clause. Location: Barnes Park, 650 S. McPherrin Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1388. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 6

11am-1pm–Monterey Park LAMP Literacy Program Recognizes Tutor of the Year.  Once a year a tutor is selected for their dedication and achievement teaching English as a second language. Event will feature dignitaries and special guests. It will be held at city hall, located at 320 W. Newmark Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1333. 

2-3pm–The Holiday Magic of Tony Daniels at the Montebello Library. Enjoy a presentation by a magician in a holiday-themed show. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. For info, call (323) 722-6551.

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

1-4pm–The 70th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade. Presented by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. Event will feature marching bands, drill teams, dancers, muscicians, floats, equestrian units, celebrities, community representatives and a visit from Santa Claus. The route will take place on Figueroa between Avenue 60 and Sycamore Grove Park. For info, call (323) 256-3151.

 

Monday, Dec. 8

9-10am–Free Zumba Class at Anthony Quinn Library. Join the fun with a certified Zumba instructor. Beginners welcome. Open to ages 11 and up. RSVP at the information desk. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For info, call (323) 264-7715.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9

11am-2pm–Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information at Montebello Library. Certified educators will provide information and answer questions and concerns. Open enrollement for 2015 begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. For info, call (323) 722-6551. 

6-7:30pm–Free LA Kids Basketball Clinics at the Lincoln Heights Recreation Center. Open to kids ages 7-14; quality instruction & a free t-shirt. Another session held Dec. 16. Recreation Center is located at 3501 Valley Blvd. LA 90031. For more info, call (213)847-1726.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 10

1-3pm–Free Apprentice Prep Orientation for Veterans at LA Trade Tech. Get info to prepare for a career in construction trades. Meeting will offer information and hold sign ups for free five weeks boot camp starting January 2015. LATTC is located at 400 W. Washington Blvd. LA 90015. For info, call (213) 763-7073. 

3:30-5:30pm–Winter Carnival Games at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Join others at the game room to play homemade carnival games. Enjoy face painting, ring toss, fish bowl and more. Cost is free. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For info, call (562) 806-7654.

 

Upcoming 

Grand Opening Chicana Service Action Center WorkSource Center in Boyle Heights & 6th Street Bridge Job Fair Dec. 11 at 9am. Learn about jobs with the 6th Street Bridge Construction Project. Bring copies of your resume. Also learn about small business assistance available from the Business Source Center. Location: 1505 E. 1st Street. For more info call (323) 526-9332.

 

 

Ongoing

Pershing Square Ice Rink Through Jan. 19. Events, shows and DJs will perform on certain nights. Hours of operation varies. General admission is $9 plus skate rental $3. Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive St. LA 90012. For info, visit www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com. 

 The Legacy of Ruben Salazar: A man of his words, a man of his time-Exhibit and retrospective at Cal State LA in the John F. Kennedy Library through March 27. CSULA is located at 5151 State University Dr. For info, call (323) 343-3066.

 

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