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Lucha Martinez de Luna Presentation on Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado


San Luis Valley American Indian Center

Thursday July 20, 2023


240 East 5th Street, Center, CO


The Range

Friday July 21, 2023


307 4th Street, Saguache, CO

In Conjunction with Somos Agua at The Range July 21-July 30, 2023

In partnership with HEART of Saguache, AHEC, The SLV AIC, The Range, and Sisters of Color United for Education with funding from a Saguache County Sales Tax Grant

Image: Carlos Sandoval, Sierras y Colores, 1986. Mural on building in San Luis, Colorado. Courtesy of Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado.

The Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project (CMCP) protects, promotes, and preserves the ongoing legacy of community murals within the state of Colorado. The project is a grassroots community effort to preserve this critical component of Colorado’s visual heritage in response to the threats presented by the murals’ increasing age, as well as the ongoing development and gentrification in neighborhoods, towns, and cities tied to the history of Colorado’s population. The project offers opportunities for collaboration between artists, archivists, activists, students, and community members, as well as the broader population across the state.

Lucha Martínez de Luna was born and raised in Colorado. She is director of the Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project. She actively advocates for cultural inclusivity in scientific and cultural facilities and conducts research of the Hispano/Chicano people and arts in the American West and Southwest. She has served as associate curator of Latino heritage at History Colorado, curatorial assistant and research associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Museo de las Americas, the Regional Museum of Guadalajara, and division director for the State Council of Culture and Arts in Chiapas, Mexico. She is an archaeologist and has worked on numerous archaeological projects in the American West and Southwest, as well as in central and southern Mexico. She is a visiting professor at Universidad de las Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas where she directs an archaeological field school at the Zoque site of O’na Tök, Mexico.

The San Luis Valley American Indian Center is located at 240 East 5th Street in Center, Colorado. The Range is located at 307 4th Street in Saguache. Lucha Martínez de Luna’s presentation will correspond to the opening of Somos Agua, an intergenerational silk painting mural to educate communities on the importance of clean water.

This Chicano/Chicano Murals of Colorado ( presentation is organized through a partnership of three Saguache County organizations: HEART of Saguache (, San Luis Valley American Indian Center (a SLV AHEC project,, and The Range ( Funding for this program is provided through a Saguache County Sales Tax Grant.

Updated: Jul 13

In Summer 2023, HEART of Saguache partnered with the Town of Saguache Historic Preservation Commission to host an adobe building repair and brick making workshop.

From an article printed in the Thursday July 6, 2023 Saguache Crescent :

Over the June 30 through July 2 weekend, Cornerstones Community Partners guided Saguache Adobe Workshop participants in making 450 adobe bricks. These bricks will be used in August to build a short wall at the front of Floyd Smith Kids Park in Downtown Saguache. Workshop participants learned about structural repairs for adobe buildings, common maintenance issues, and how to select materials for construction and repair. People in Saguache with adobe building issues had one on one site visits with Cornerstones workshop leaders. Thank you to workshop leaders Issac Logsdon, Lea Andersson, Kateri Lopez for the invaluable lessons and support - and we look forward to having them back in town in August.

The Town of Saguache Historic Preservation Commission would like to thank the community and Cornerstones Community Partnerships for the wonderful weekend. Thank you to the Town Administration, Town Maintenance, and the Board of Trustees for supporting the program needs. Thank you to the BLM and Saguache County Road and Bridge for the ideal adobe dirt from the Saguache County Landfill. Thank you to Conley Waste Management for

getting it to town. Thank you to the Northern Saguache County Fire District for helping with water and power to the brick yard. Thank you to Rebie Hazard for providing the straw for the bricks. Thank you to Lori Lujan for a perfect building site to learn adobe repair. Thank you to Tasha Pino and Joe Abeyta for a beautiful garage for mud plastering. Thank you to Alex DeCarli for helping preparing the work sites. Thank you to the Saguache Town Market, The Oasis, and The Village Pub for the wonderful lunches. Thank you to Big Valley Motel for the accommodations. Thank you to Michael Pacheco for documenting all of the activities.

Thank you to Dr.Lindsey Flewelling, Saguache’s Certified Local Government Preservation Planner at History Colorado for helping the Town of Saguache organize and fund the Saguache Adobe Workshop. Thank you to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior for History Colorado, and to the Saguache County Commissioners for funding through a CLG Grant and a Saguache County Sales Tax Grant. Thank you to HEART of Saguache for providing logistics and helping bring our community together on this important and fun cultural, educational, historic preservation program.

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