After a 2-hour interview I took photos of Alurista. I received signed copies of some of his books. With a huge smile I thanked him and went along my merry way.
Although that information I gathered from Alurista is meant for another project I am currently working on with artist, educator and mentor David Avalos, some (information) trickled into the painting I created for “Until Our Last Breath” Art Exhibition, which by the way - is happening tonight in Barrio Logan.
Although the title of my art piece is a play on Alurista’s manifesto’s name “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” and information I received from him – the painting has to do with the SOUL of Barrio Logan and Chicano Park. The soul of our ancestors - that at one point manifested and worked the land to have a park in the community. Chicano Park, a space that was cultivated, toiled and nurtured by women, men and children.
Now, those children are grown women and men and they too are teaching their children about the park’s soul.
The painting “The Soul Plan of Aztlan” pays homage to those people who worked and have worked diligently till this day to have a park for us – for our youth, which fill the space with good energy and laughter.
I know my children do.
If you’re in San Diego, CA – stop by tonight and experience the different stories and information that is being shared by the participating artists through our paintings.