August 20, 2001
Three generations work to restore mural
flyboys are at it again! The founding members of the Royal
Chicano Air Force (RCAF) - all with close ties to California
State University, Sacramento - have touched down at Southside
Park to restore the park's mural.
During the past 26 years the mural has been tagged with graffiti
and the group will be working at the park, located at the
corner of 7th and T streets, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday
through Friday, from Aug. 20 - 31.
Retired CSUS professors José Montoya and Esteban Villa,
CSUS alumni Juanishi Orosco and Stan Padilla and executive
director of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco Lorraine Garcia
have joined forces with three generations of CSUS Barrio Art
students, Southside neighborhood residents and their own children
and grandchildren to re-paint the mural on the concrete walls
of Southside Park's amphitheater.
In the early 1970s, the RCAF and Centro de Artistas Chicanos
began to use Southside Park for community-wide activities.
They created the mural to celebrate the long-standing Mexican/Chicano
presence in the Southside neighborhood of Sacramento.
The Southside Park mural is significant because it was one
of the most visible RCAF murals. The park is still used for
community events that draws as many as 10,000 participants
at a time.
is an artist collective whose members are nationally recognized
masters of Chicano/Mexican art. RCAF artists have worked on
large-scale community projects such as murals, print production
and educational workshops in the Sacramento Region. Additionally,
the group offers free art classes, operates a free breakfast
program for children and runs a bookstore and gallery.
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