Breaking Through Walls

"Art is a weapon that penetrates the eyes, the ears, the deepest and subtlest human feelings." - David Alfaro Siqueiros

Vasquez Mural Adventure 2
Emigdio Vasquez, Vatos Locos del Barrio, date unknown.












Display Case Themes
Emigdio Vasquez
Briana & Hayley
biography, source materials,
Orange Barrio
Caitlin & Olivia
Kelsey & McKenna
family & friends, Orange PD gang injunction, graffiti abatement
Student/Worker Strikes
Ellen & Vincent
Chicano/a Art Movement
Rachel & Stephen
Jennifer & Ellis
Brooke & Manon
Aztlan, homeland, history of Mexico and California, Manifest Destiny, cultural identity
Michael & Christian
iconography, universal stories











Cypress Street Barrio Photos



The Salt of the Earth



Cesar Chavez



La Bamba




Mexican American Generation


Abandoned Spanish in favor of English

Numerous laws enacted barring Spanish instruction











As a symbol of its growing international status, Mexico City is chosen to host the Olympic Games. Over the course of the year, student protesters stage a number of demonstrations in an attempt to draw international attention to what they see as a lack of social justice and democracy in Mexico under the PRI government and its current president, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. On October 2, ten days before the Games were to open, Mexican security forces and military troops surround a demonstration at the historic Tlatelolco Plaza and open fire. Though the resulting death and injury toll is concealed by the Mexican government (and their allies in Washington), an estimated 30 to 300 students and civilians are killed and many others wounded. The Games go ahead as planned.






















Columbia Student Protest, 1968.

More on the Columbia University Action












Blowouts 1968

El Plan de Santa Barbara, 1969

(UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, Colorado State University)

UT Austin, 1970

University of Houston, 1971

UT San Antonio, 1973

UT El Paso,











Aztlán became the symbol most used by Chicanos and Chicanas—activists as well as authors—writing about the history, the culture, or the destiny of their people. In April 1969 a group of concerned activists met in Santa Barbara and drafted El Plan de Santa Barbara: A Chicano Plan for Higher Education. Recommendation number nine deals with students' organizations: "The various students groups, MAYA, MASC, UMAS, adopt a united name as symbol and promise; such as CAUSA (Chicano Alliance for United Student Action) or MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Azatlán)" (p. 22). The name MECHA was adopted and is much in the news, as during the 2003 elections for governor of California one of the candidates, Cruz Bustamante, was attacked for having belonged to MECHA during his student days. - Aztlán Bibliography











The Beginning of the Chicano Art Movement



Ruben Salazaar: Man in the Middle