CPSC BOARD MEMBERS:
Chair Por Vida: Tommie Camarillo Chair: Lucas Cruz Vice-Chair: Jesse Constancio Secretary: Jessica Petrikowski Treasurer: Isabel Sanchez Sgt-at-Arms: Joe Le Blanc
Please email Dr. Alberto Pulido, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Public Wi-Fi Available in Chicano Park, Select Network 'SDAccess4All'
QEPD/RIP David Rico, Antonio 'Tio' Camarillo, Esteban Villa
CPSC monthly meetings are held on the 4th Sunday of the month. The next meeting will be Sunday, July 24, 3pm at the Kiosco (open to all, only members vote)
Student present projects at June CPSC meeting
Thank you Athena for sharing award-winning 2022 National History Day project 'Chicano Park: A Failture in Diplomacy, A Success in the Barrio'. Thank you to High Tech Middle students in Ms. Gina Wickstead's class for sharing San Diego Story Stones in honor of CPSC Chair Por Vida, Tomasa 'Tommie' Camarillo
Chicano Park Vive! returns July and August 2022
The Turning Wheel Project, Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, and the Chicano Park Steering Committee host a second summer of Chicano Park Vive!, including the 2nd annual Chicano Park Scholarship (deadline August 5, 2022).
Saturday, July 9: Mujeres de la Revolución Sunday, July 17: Danza Mexicayotl and local Danza Community Ceremony Saturday, July 23: Mochilatón: School Supply Drive/ Backpack Giveaway (CPSC, CPMCC, TW, & Raza Services Collective) Saturday, August 20: Youth Day/ Chicano Park Scholarship awards, and Lowriders
Brown Image mural unveiling celebration was held on June 25, 2022
52nd Chicano Park Day, virtual commemoration, April 18-24, 2022
Monday, April 18th: Opening Blessing with Bobby Wallace & Karla Garcia-Perez; Virtual Week Opening Remarks; Aztlan Youth Brigade interview with Isabel Enrique Sanchez; Dr. Alberto Pulido reading his poetic words
Tuesday, April 19th: Youth Brigade interview with Tommie Camarillo; Interview with Alberto Pulido regarding Tommie Camarillo; Explanation of Chicano Park 52 poster; Joe Le Blanc interview regarding Tommie Camarillo; Gail Perez interview with Tommie Camarillo, Voces de los Muros Project; Linda Chicana (Chapter 2) featuring Astru Sierra
Wednesday, April 20th: Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center; Brown Image mural doc trailer; Preview of Brown Image mural documentary by Ray Velasquez; Chicano Park means family to me by NIco Aguilar ; Youth Brigade interviews Josie Talamantez, CMPCC;
Thursday, April 21st: Rigo Reyes on David Rico and the Brown Berets; Josie Talamantez on David Rico; Jesse Constancio on David Rico ; Joe Le Blanc on David Rico ; Juan Parrino on David Rico ; David Rico interview
¡Yolanda M. López, Presente!
“I belong to the Chicano civil rights movement as an artist,” said López." Yolanda López, artist who painted the iconic Virgen de Guadalupe series, dies at 79
‘Chicanas/Escuelas’ 1978 mural in Chicano Park by Yolanda López & Mujeres Muralistas
Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland Visits Chicano Park
Deb Haaland, the 34th Secretary of the Interior, visited Chicano Park on September 28, 2021, tweeting 'During my visit to Chicano Park in California last week, I was reminded that art, like nature, is everywhere. Murals and sculptures like these create space for community while honoring cultural heritage.'
Chicano Park Vive!
The Turning Wheel Project, Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, the Chicano Park Steering Committee, and The San Diego Foundation would like to thank the community for supporting the "Chicano Park Vive! Healing, Educating, and Leading" events, June 26-August 21, 2021. Thank you to all the Chicano Park Scholarship participants for their terrific submissions!
California funding for Chicano Park mural restoration and Chicano Park Museum & Cultural Center
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Chicano Park muralists and representatives of the Chicano Park Steering Committee announced Friday, July 16, 2021 that $7.5 million will go toward the museum at Chicano Park (CPMCC) and $2.5 million will fund Chicano Park mural restorations. Photo: Assemblywoman Gonzalez, muralist Berenice Badillo (her mural is backdrop), and CPSC members Diane, Josie, Tommie, Annie, Rocky, and Isabel.
51st Chicano Park Day (Virtual) held April 19-25, 2021
The theme for the 51st annual Chicano Park Day was 'Chicano Park 51: Healing our Past, Educating the Present, Leading into our Future" Congratulations to Xochitl Flores and German Corrales who created this year's winning selection, Quetzalcoatl Kiosko, for the poster image for the 51st commemoration. And huge thanks to all who submitted fantastic designs. Thanks also to Max Bojorquez for completing the graphic design.
Chicano Park 'Day' 2021 was VIRTUAL ONLY--no in-person commemoration.
Themes for the week:were:Monday--Kumeyaay, Tuesday--Sister Organizations,Wednesday --Lowriding, Thursday--Chicano Park and Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, Friday--Sister Parks, Saturday--Danza, and Sunday--Healing. Numerous online musical performances (Quetzal, Kumeyaay Bird Singers, B-Side Players, Ozomatl, Ric Sanchez & Friends) streamed in addition to screening of various documentaries and panel discussions.
CPSC YouTube under playlist 'Chicano Park 51: Healing our Past, Educating the Present, Leading into our Future'
Chicano Park @ 50 Renewal & Self Determination Through Poster Art Exhibition (USD, CPMCC)
The Spirit of Chicano Park / El Espíritu del Parque Chicano
A new bilingual children's book by Beatrice Zamora with illustrations by Maira Meza. Available in hardback and paperback from Tolteca Press. Proceeds will go to the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center. Interview with author Bea Zamora
La Tierra Mia: A Chicano Park Story
La Tierra Mia: A Chicano Park Story is a collection of memories through photos and notes from contributors who have shared a connection to the park over the past 50 years. The book is dedicated to the 250+ individuals who fought to preserve this space, and the countless others who have made it what it is today. Bob Dominguez The second edition (122 pages, 12 new pages) of La Tierra Mia: A Chicano Park Story is available at https://latierramiabook.com
Kumeyaay Creation Story, Kumeyaay Princess, and Anastasio Hernández Rojas Murals
Recently three new murals were completed in Chicano Park. The Kumeyaay Creation Story (left), a collaboration by Carmen Linares Kalo, Irene Castruita, Isaias Crow which also included manyu community members. Next (second from left,) is Kumeyaay Princess (Gone too Soon) mural by Ruben Mendez and team. The most recent mural project completed is The Anastasio Hernandez Rojas Mural Project (three photos show side facing National Ave with Anastasio Rojas image at top center, reverse side with his widow and kids at top center, followed by detail of a side panel) was led by muralist Victor Ochoa and included many local artists and was sponsored by Alliance San Diego and the American Friends Service Committee. Located in the placita near the skate lane, the mural honors the life of Rojas who was beaten and killed by border agents at the San Ysidro port of entry in May of 2010, as well as the fight for justice for all those familias who have lost loved ones at the hands of border agents.
Chicano Park @ 50: A Daily Reflection on La Tierra Mia, 4/21-4/26, 2020
"Fifty Years Ago, Fed Up With The City's Neglect, a San Diego Community Rose Up to Create Chicano Park" by Eduardo Diaz, Smithsonian Magazine, April 28, 2020
Thank you to tour guide coordinator, Dr. Alberto Pulido, and all our volunteer tour guides and all the students, teachers, community members, and numerous other visitors from far and wide who take part in learning about Chicano Park's history and monumental murals.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 24 new National Historic Landmarks on January 11, 2017 (December 23, 2016 officially approved). Chicano Park is among those sites. "On April 22, 1970, community residents occupied Chicano Park in San Diego, California, in an ultimately successful effort to prevent the construction of a California Highway Patrol substation on land where the City of San Diego had promised the neighborhood a community park. Representative of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Chicano Park has become a cultural and recreational gathering place for the Chicano community and is the location of the Chicano Park Monumental Murals, an exceptional assemblage of master mural artwork painted on the freeway bridge supports." Read complete press release here. Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997 and was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 2013.
Recreation Improvements Completed
Ribbon-cutting held on November 5, 2015
Join the San Diego Urban Corps and the Chicano Park Steering Committee on November 5, 3pm to celebrate the improvements/additions including the children's playground, tiny tots area, new handball court, adult outdoor fitness area (and new grass planted adjacent), skate lane, Raul Jaquez metal artwork restored (and fountain tile work),and landscaping alongside the placita.
Read about SD Urban Corps's work in Pablo J. Sáinz article in La Prensa from July 24, 2015.
Tommie Camarillo Day at San Diego City Council, Sept. 20, 2016
Councilman David Alvarez on behalf of the San Diego City Council proclaimed September 20, 2016 to be Tomasa 'Tommie' Camarillo Day
..."WHEREAS, Tommie Camarillo has been a faithful steward and protector, dedicated to her love for a park that serves as a cultural anchor and symbolizes the importance of struggle, sacrifice, and equality; and..." (part of the proclamation)
Congratulations to Chunky Sanchez
2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow!
The community also celebrated the dedication of the Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez auditorium and mural unveiling (artwork by Sal Barajas & Francisco Contreras) at King Chavez Neighborhood of Schools, 415 - 31st St, San Diego 92102 on Wednesday, June 12, 2013."San Diego Musician Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez honored locally, nationally Katie Euphrat,KBPS, June 12, 2013: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/jun/12/san-diego-musician-ramon-chunky-sanchez-honored-lo/
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert was held on September 27 at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University and the awards ceremony on September 25! For those of us not in Washington DC this week, the NEA streamed the concert live on its website: www.arts.gov