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FOCUS ON: Barrio Art
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The Barrio Art Program has a long and successful history of sending Sacramento State students out into the community to provide practical experience that emphasizes the visual and performing arts. It is one of the most significant community outreach programs sponsored by the University and has been a model for arts-based service learning programs at other colleges and universities.

(Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Xico Gonzalez, Sacramento State art professor:) “We acknowledge those that came before us.”

(Jim Finnerty reporting:) Working with elementary students and Sacramento State art majors, professor Xico Gonzalez strives to combine creativity with activism.

(Gonzalez:) “Myself and the students share the same philosophy that art should be attuned to create change; to empower people.”

(Finnerty:) Gonzalez directs the University’s Bario Art program, which for almost 40 years has provided community outreach. In this case, creating an elaborate mural for Sacramento’s Language Academy, a bilingual language immersion school.

(Martha Quadros, director of the Sacramento Language Academy:) “We believe that the kids shouldn’t just go to school and learn from a book but rather have opportunities to learn in different ways.”

(Finnerty:) Elementary students at the academy crafted the mural’s design featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frieda Kahlo and Cesar Chavez.

(Liliana Lopez, student, Sacramento Language Academy:) “It’s interesting how you can express yourself through it, and your opinions and your thoughts are shown to other people.”

(Finnerty:) The art work provides a creative opportunity, but also a chance for the university students to encourage higher education.

(Joao Santillan, Sacramento State art major:) “So we need to continue to inspire more kids to actually have a great outcome in their futures, in their lives.”

(Finnerty:) The finished mural will be displayed on the academy campus; a work in progress in art and education.

(Gonzalez:) “This is the future of our nation. This is what I do. This is my life.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty reporting.

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