• Historic Restoration of Chicano Park Murals Begins

    By Gail Pérez La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- In 1970 when the Chicano community took over the land under the Coronado Bridge and demanded that a long-promised park finally be constructed in the Logan Heights neighborhood, park activist José Gómez announced to the world that anyone attempting to take the...

  • Latino artist creates global peace initiative with a simple box and message

    LatinaLista -- As much as the world is engulfed in revolutions and uprisings, there is a growing trend to get people to think more about the concept of peace and make it a reality. One person who wants the world to put aside hateful rhetoric, brutal violence and honestly discuss the issue...

  • Local comics strive to perform Chucano comedy

    By Omar Lozano Borderzine EL PASO -- Amidst a drab beige desert of lame punch line jokes, a group of subterranean wise-cracking comedians are reclaiming funny in the name of El Chuco. Since 2005, the El Paso Underground Comedy Group (EPUCG) has gradually risen from the darkest cantina crevices to routinely packing...

  • $1.75 million Tejano monument to grace Texas Capitol grounds

    By Tony Cantú La Prensa San Antonio.- Despite the indelible contribution to Texas independence among Tejanos - Texans of Hispanic descent including some who died alongside other Alamo defenders - not a single monument exists commemorating their contributions to the history of the state in the Austin capital. But soon, this will...

  • Jesus Mane: Representing Lawrence’s artistic talent

    By Alberto Surís Rumbo News LAWRENCE, MA -- Jesus Mane started painting at age 12 but never received formal painting lessons. The closest he has been is when he studied at Greater Lawrence Technical School and graduated in 1997 as a Graphic Designer. "Last year I presented some of my paintings during...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Giving the gift of culture to kids who need it most

    LatinaLista -- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. is the time of day when kids, who have no adult supervision, are most at risk for getting into trouble. Ideally, these kids should be enrolled in programs that don't just keep them busy but teach them new lessons, challenge them to...

  • Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor

    By Kathleen Maclay UC BERKELEY La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- The U.S.-Mexico border wall may be here to stay, but a University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of architecture has some provocative ideas about how to redesign the barrier to slow illegal immigration and at the same time transform it...

  • Famed filmmaker preserves Latino culture via a “Latinopia” of videos

    LatinaLista -- Jesus Salvador Treviño (no relation to Latina Lista btw) is well known in Hollywood for being a trailblazing Latino filmmaker -- he was one of the first to document the Chicano movement in Los Angeles in the 1960s; he directed the first cable TV show targeting the Latino market, Showtime's...

  • Juarez artist draws on the violence and heartache of her city to produce unique exhibit

    LatinaLista -- Juarez may literally be under siege these days by drug cartels that would like to stifle any kind of expression, whether it be from the people, the news media or the artists. One Juarez artist, Gilda Lorena Martínez, refuses to cease expressing herself the best way she knows how, though...

  • Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum offers full slate of programs, exhibits and galleries — only a click away

    LatinaLista.net -- While debate is still raging on the feasibility of creating the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C., which would focus on American Latino art, history and culture, there is already a Latino museum open and accessible to everyone in the country -- via computer. Launched in 2009...

  • Campaign underway to heighten awareness of only 2 Latino recipients in 32 years by Kennedy Center Honors

    LatinaLista.net -- According to the website for the Kennedy Center Honors: Kennedy Center Honors has redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way this nation rewards its artists. The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain, or the French Legion of Honor--the quintessential reward for a lifetime's...

  • Five Latin music legends awarded their own stamps in 2011

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to the musical quilt of the United States, the Latino community has always been a part of it. Some musical artists experience fame only within the Latino community while others "break out" and cross over into mainstream acceptance. That's what can be said of five particular Latino...

  • E. TX town’s Latino population growth responsible for local museum receiving one of the nation’s largest Mexican folk art collections

    LatinaLista -- In the laid-back East Texas town of Tyler, total population less than 100,000, there was a strange sign of how even small towns in one of the reddest states in the Union aren't immune to demographic changes. Tyler boasts a Latino population of about 40,000, 20 percent of its population....

  • Fuerza Unida honors summer student participants

    By Roxanne Macias La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTIONIO -- Last Friday Fuerza Unida Inc. closed its summer youth program with a celebration and unveiling of a mural and community garden. During the celebration, 11 youth leaders talked about their experience in the seven-week summer program. Guest of honor was Univision...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Creating a R. Evolution in giving back to the Latino community

    LatinaLista -- For anyone who has ever experienced the thrill of being on the receiving end of an audience's appreciative applause, it's an experience unlike others. Unfortunately, the rate of Latinos who achieve that kind of stage success is low and so that's why the mission of R. Evolucion Latina is particularly...

  • Hondureño artist’s exhibit to be featured in live online global gallery broadcast

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to technology, some people feel it's a work of art. In fact, when you actually think about it, technology and art do go hand-in-hand. So, it's a no-brainer when an art gallery wants to widen its promotion of an artist's exhibit by using technology. It's easy and...

  • Online exhibit about race shows why the issue is more than skin-deep

    LatinaLista -- Race is an issue that has been the subject of a lot of conversation, especially since Arizona enacted their infamous immigration bill. Yet, race is not a new topic of discussion or debate. However, since 2007, anthropologists and museum curators have been trying to present the issue in a broader...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Seventh-grader creates a way to take art to homeless and orphaned children

    LatinaLista -- Today's economy is making everyone tighten their financial belts -- families, businesses, the government and schools! The hope is always that schools can be spared from any kind of budget cutbacks since it's the children who directly suffer but that's just not reality these days. Whether it's cutting the number...

  • Cuban-born artist shares experience of Castro’s revolution in new graphic novel

    LatinaLista -- The Cuban Revolution was a time in history that remains vivid in the memories of some Cuban Americans. Stories of personal hardship, sacrifice, loss, risk and torture have been shared among the Cuban American community ever since some were lucky enough to escape Castro's domination. Unfortunately, a lot of those...

  • El Paso photographer creates visual campaign to combat hate

    LatinaLista -- How do you get young people to care about the national debate on immigration? You take their picture and let them post it on Facebook! That was the thought behind El Paso photographer David Quintanilla's idea when he was approached by an El Paso advocacy organization called Boycott Arizona to...

  • New campaign asks GOOGLE to doodle Cinco de Mayo

    LatinaLista -- Who doesn't like it when the "GOOGLE's CHIEF DOODLER" gets inventive and incorporates the site's logo with a historical person's birthday, event or cultural tradition? In the past ten years since the site first began doodling its logo, GOOGLE has doodled in honor of such notable people/events as Martin Luther...

  • Drawing inspiration from life proves the perfect path to finding the American Dream

    LatinaLista Eva Ruiz, a self-taught artist, finds it's possible to make a living at something that comes natural, as well as, rewarding when giving back. Eva Ruiz was never the teacher's pet in school. No matter how hard she tried, Eva just couldn't focus on taking the kind of notes her teachers...

  • “Drawing” on natural talent to connect with autistic children

    Artist Diana Trevino-Wilson uses her creativity to create a special character named Fabil that reaches through the wall of autism to teach basic skills. LatinaLista — "If Walt Disney could start his empire with a cartoon mouse, anything is possible," says Diana Trevino-Wilson, artist and entrepreneur. Artistic since the age of five,...

  • Tucson lawmaker: Career as artist provides flexibility and perspective for work at Capitol

    By ELIZABETH SHELL Cronkite News Service TUCSON -- "Life's too short for beige," Steve Farley said, standing in his backyard looking at the color palette he's painted his home: sandy peach, Easter-egg turquoise and a rich purple.   State Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, makes a living creating works of art such as...