Project Title:
TRAX Mural Project

Dates Active:
2010 – 2011

COMUNIDADES EN SOLIDARIDAD:
A COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATIVE VISION
By Ruby Chacon

The artwork and poetry created and now installed at the Jackson\Euclid TRAX station was a community collaboration between the artist Ruby Chacón, Mestizo Arts and Activism Collective and its youth researchers, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, Mestizo Coffeehouse, 500+ community members, writers, and artist apprentices. The project began with youth researchers developing and distributing surveys throughout the community including the neighborhood in which this station is located. The artist apprentices analyzed the data from the surveys and created images with Chacón to translate and paint onto individual aluminum panels; forming these murals. Using the imagery as their inspiration, four community poets, including an 11 year-old boy, created the written works. The survey data helped inform the three themes represented in these murals:

Past, Present, Future in the Arts
Education / Experiential Knowledge
Working Together / Building Utah

Read: “Venceremos” newspaper article, by Jarred Martinez – Vol 13. No. 2 Winter 2012, Pg. 7
Read: “Entremares Magazine” – Interview with Ruby Chacon

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