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
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 (chicanomuralsofcolorado.com) presentation is organized through a partnership of three Saguache County organizations: HEART of Saguache (heartofsaguache.org), San Luis Valley American Indian Center (a SLV AHEC project, slvahec.org), and The Range (therangeontheinternet.com). Funding for this program is provided through a Saguache County Sales Tax Grant.