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March 14, 2001

CSUS Mural Unveiling

California State University, Sacramento's barrio art program - an artistic mix of young schoolchildren, senior citizens and future educators - unveils its latest mural project at 4 p.m., Friday, March 16 at Washington Elementary School. The school is located at 520 18th Street in downtown Sacramento.

The mural, "Enchanted Stories/Cuentos Encantadas" was designed and painted by a combination of students from the CSUS barrio art program and children from the Washington Neighborhood Center. The mural depicts the importance of literacy and diversity in Sacramento schools.

For 31 years, barrio art has been taking art education downtown to the Washington Neighborhood Center. CSUS students coordinate art workshops for schoolchildren as well senior citizens at the center.

Former CSUS art professor Jose Montoya created the barrio art program in the 1970s to get the University involved in the community. He also wanted to introduce college students to people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Jose Lott, artist in residence at the Washington Neighborhood Center, directed the latest mural project. Lott has created a large number of murals throughout the Sacramento area, including many displayed at schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

This is a free event, open to the public. For more information contact Lott at (916) 930-9072. Media assistance is available at the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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