Lawrence 115
1190 Franklin Blvd.
UO campus

Talk title: Chicano Park Anchor of Barrio Logan

Hector Villegas is a community artist and neighborhood activist in Chicano Park’s Barrio Logan, San Diego. Chicano Park is a public space of cultural and artistic resistance that emerged over struggles of community empowerment and self-determination in the 1970s. The park is home to the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals. Today, the neighborhood is experiencing pressures of housing and retail gentrification and neighborhood activists are struggling to maintain their neighborhood. Hector Villegas’s talk will trace the history of activism in Chicano Park, and discuss his art work and today’s neighborhood movements to protect Barrio Logan against gentrification.

HectorsArtOne of his artworks in progress is the pillar at Chicano Park shown in the photograph on the left. You can view more images of his work on Instagram@ mexikota art and on Facebook @ hector mexikota villegas.

Sponsored by the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts. This event is in cooperation with CLLAS’s Latino Civic Participation Project at: /http://cllas.uoregon.edu/research-action-projects/latino-civic-participation-project/

Photos of Chicano Park by Gerardo Sandoval