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This is the program for the dedication of three murals in the Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park in Chicago. The murals were painted by artists and community residents during the summer of 1971 and speak about their history and the problems they endured. Through the mural painting process, the artists helped community residents rediscover their history and think about solutions to their problems, thereby giving them hope and pride. The program lists the performers and speakers present at the dedication and provides descriptions and explanations of each of the three murals and their significance to the community. The document includes photographs of the murals and one of the artists at work on the murals.

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This document lists the program celebrating the completion of three murals painted by artists and members of the community—including families who sponsored their creation—during the summer of 1971 at the corners of Hoyne and Division, North and Artesian, and Rockwell and LeMoyne in Chicago. These murals were initiated by LADO (the acronym of Latin American Defense Organization), a group of artists and activists in Chicago responsible for the large number of community murals created in the Humboldt Park neighborhood during the early 1970s. This document addresses the research topics of “Issues of Race, Class and Gender in the Visual Arts of Latino-America and Art,” and “Activism and Social Change,” because it represents both the role of art in promoting community consciousness in minority neighborhoods and its power to edify and provide hope. 

In this regard, see also docs. no. 857153 and 1061333.

Researcher
Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Courtesy of John Pitman Weber and James Cockcroft, Chicago, IL