Monthly Archives: June 2012

Day 20 and 21: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

In a matter of four weeks the San Juan municipal pool has been transformed into a statement of resiliency and cultural affirmation for the community of the Rio Grande Valley. Creating a narrative that gives voice to our bracero past … Continue reading

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Day 19: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Over the weekend, Austin muralist Raul Valdez and Camille Gerhardt worked on the final piece of art that would complete the north side of the San Juan municipal pool. The morning hours were spent applying the previously prepares parachute cloth … Continue reading

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Day 18: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Returning for their fourth week of painting, the team of Austin artist, UTPA students, and alumni have made great advancements in this project. Only a small space of white paint remains on the east wall. The covered entrance was given … Continue reading

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Day 17: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Raul Valdez included the United Farm Workers (UFW) flag on the east wall today. With the help of both Norma Perez and Christian Ramirez, the UFW Is proudly held by a figure of a women in protest for human dignity. … Continue reading

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Day 16: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

The horizon will wrap around the north wall and leads into the covered entrance. UTPA alumni Steve Morin and MAS undergraduate Norma Perez rapidly advanced the skyline on both the north and east side of the building. Extensive details can … Continue reading

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Day 15: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

The north wall, being nearly complete, remained untouched as the team began to paint the east side of the building. Bright colors and silhouettes of men and women marching for their rights will represent the efforts of so many of … Continue reading

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Day 14: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

The objective of today was to arrive in time to beat any sunlight in order to trace out the image of a Toltec sculpture that will be placed on the single column near the entrance to the San Juan Municipal … Continue reading

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Day 13: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Agricultural labor continues to be one of the most strenuous, hazardous, and underpaid industries in the country. According to the United Stated Department of Labor, the median income from farmwork was between $2,500 and $5,000 a year. Three-fourths earned less … Continue reading

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Day 12: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Organizing farmworkers in South Texas in the mid 70’s, Antonio Orendain established the Texas Farm Worker Union. Advocating for a more just and humane treatment of farmworkers, Mr. Orendain has made great efforts to give voice to agricultural workers in … Continue reading

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Day 11: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Guided by Raul Valdez, UTPA students and alumni pose for the city of San Juan’s Facebook page. Residents of the Rio Grande Valley have stopped by to take pictures on their mobile devices and often state they are sharing these … Continue reading

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