ACC mural depicts Austin’s Mexican-American history

The Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Latino/Latin American Studies Center will host a mural installation ceremony to commemorate Austin’s Mexican-American history Tuesday, September 16, at 6 p.m. at Riverside Campus (1020 Grove Blvd., Building G Lecture Hall).

Community leaders will join ACC and artist Fidencio Durán to celebrate the artwork’s permanent installation at the Riverside Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s important for our students and families to know that our Mexican-American communities have been here since the early stages of Austin,” says Dr. Mariano Dí­az-Miranda, ACC history professor and center director. “(ACC) Riverside Campus is a part of this community’s history, so I am moved to see the campus visually present that story.”
The art depicts minorities working together to foster improvement in areas that were neglected for years. The five canvases have been on temporary exhibit since 2011. Read more about the panels and the artist.

“I wanted to create a representation of the personalities who were catalysts for change in the East Side community and schools during the 20th century,” says Fidencio Durán. “There are details you can see that are not included in our city’s history or textbooks, and my art pays tribute to the individuals who made an education possible in the ‘barrios.’ “
For more information, contact [email protected] or call 512.223.7953.
Lee esta historia en español aquí­.

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