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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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Day 10: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Working to the cumbias of Fito Olivarez the team begins to fill in the deep creases in the brick to get the best results for the mural. Using concrete filler UTPA students and alumni assist the Austin duo in completing … Continue reading

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Day 9: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

The efforts and hard work of all those involved with the mural continues to be recognized through out the Rio Grande Valley. The front page of the monitor gives a summary of how the mural became a reality in the … Continue reading

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Day 8: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Scaffolds were brought in today to continue painting on the far left side of the north wall. Vines appear to be flowing down then upward towards the highest point of the building. The top right corner where the vines will … Continue reading

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Day 7: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

It’s opening day at the San Juan Municipal pool. The mural will serve as a welcoming image for all those who use the municipal park and swimming pool. Erica Herrera and Norma Perez continue to paint on Tuesday morning. Stopping … Continue reading

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Day 6: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

A major change in the development of the mural occurred over the weekend. The hands at the center of the north wall will be replaced with a much more powerful image. Muralist Raul Valdez holds a sketch of what will … Continue reading

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Day 5: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

It’s June in the city of San Juan, TX! The heat is definitely on but it is not detouring our UTPA students from tackling the bracero mural. Arriving at 7:00 am, these dedicated folks are committed to the completion of … Continue reading

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