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The Chicano Park Murals Documentation Project was born as a result of the Department of Ethnic Studies with support from the Office of Community Service Learning at the University of San Diego (USD) through working collaboratively with the Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC) for over two years. It was the desire of the CPSC that the mural restoration project be documented along with all of the other historic murals and sculptures found at Chicano Park. As a result, Professor Alberto Pulido, along with his students in Ethnic Studies 343: “Chicano/Latino Studies” took on the task as a way to learn about the important history of the Chicano movement through the history of Chicano Park utilizing an applied scholarship perspective that is central to the Ethnic Studies curriculum at the University of San Diego.

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Chicano Park




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We wish to thank all of the students from ETHN 343 who made this project possible. They are: Alexa Sanchez, Daniela Conde, Debora Villegas, Diana Aguiar, Janell Johnson, Jasmine Mallen, Julian Duran, Maria Ruvalcaba, Michelle Padilla, Mina Nhi Nguyen, Sara Padilla, Victor Sanchez, Yasamin Mahallaty with support from our student liaison Chelita Borbón. Tommie Camarillo, Annie Ross, Rosa Olga Navarro, and Rigo Reyes from the CPSC and its members require special recognition for working collaboratively with USD. The artists: Victor Ochoa, Mario Torero, Carmen Kalo, Sal Barajas, Raul Jaquez, David Avalos, Guillermo Rosette, Felipe Adame and all the others who have dedicated their lives to making Chicano Park “El Ombligo de Aztlán”- muchas gracias for your support! We thank Katie Gordon who gave her time to take all of these photos.Allen Wynar from the Media Center at USD patiently guided us throughout this project and gave us the idea of putting it together in a book. Chris Nayve from the Office of Community Service Learning has always supported the work of Ethnic Studies. My colleague Gail Pérez provided great wisdom and support to all of us.


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La Tierra Mia: Chicano Park Murals Documentation Project, Vol. 1, 2012