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This document is a report by Dr. Lorenzo A. Trujillo of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) in Denver, Colorado, in which he details the state of philanthropic support for Chicano and Hispanic art production. Trujillo acknowledges the importance of an artistic community to Chicano cultural identity and suggests the existence of a clear Chicano aesthetic that speaks to the history and psychology of its own community. He discusses the ways in which an absence of financial support for Chicano art and artists has negatively affected their development and notes the establishment of organizations such as CHAC, which was created as a means of trying to deal with this lack of resources. Trujillo cites data from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), highlighting the degree to which Chicano artists have been neglected financially. He attempts to dispel numerous myths about Chicano art that he believes have contributed to its non-support, and concludes his analysis by citing the findings of the President’s Task Force on Hispanic American Arts.
Dr. Lorenzo A. Trujillo was assistant dean of students and professional programs at the University of Colorado Law School. He served on committees of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other regional and national agencies of the government, business, and public sectors. In 1978, he was also one of the founding members of CHAC, a visual and performing arts venue for the promotion and preservation of the Chicano/Latino culture in Denver, Colorado. This document is a report given in 1980 at a regional meeting of the President’s Task Force on Hispanic American Arts. Along with providing important information on the low percentage of funding to Chicano organizations by a federal agency, the report documents the founding and mission of CHAC. Presented in 1980, the document is representative of one of the major issues to come to the forefront nationally during the subsequent decade dominated by multiculturalism as U.S. communities of color pressed for equality in public (government) funding and greater access to mainstream art institutions.