(2016) Cesar Chavez Intermediate, Sacramento, CA
Cesar Chavez Intermediate
7500 32nd St, Sacramento, CA 95822
UC Davis Chicana/o Studies Mural Workshop
Directed by Maceo Montoya
Status: Good condition
Photographer: workshop participants, school site photos by Principal Eracleo Guevara
Cesar Chavez Intermediate Mural – Spring 2016 Chicana/o Studies Mural Workshop
A Journey to Flourish
Our mural represents the community at Cesar Chavez Intermediate coming together to create an environment where students are allowed to flourish and follow their dreams.
Left Side (Barriers)
Starting on the far left, in dark colors, we’ve represented the negative aspects of students’ lives. Thorns represent sorrow and hardship, a chain-link fence is representative of the lack of accessibility to higher education, and the cracked earth represents broken dreams and a lack of foundation. We quickly move to the group of people with arms interlocked creating a barrier, blocking all of the negativity. This protective wall of people represents the support given by parents, teachers, staff, and community advocates to ensure that school is place of learning, growth, and joy. The parent kissing her child represents affection, support, and guidance toward a better future. It also represents parental involvement with the school even if it’s just dropping off their kids and wishing them a good day. To the right, we see the school buildings creating a safe haven, a place where students can feel removed from whatever adversities they may face. Below, and moving across the wall, we see a banner with the silhouettes of people marching for social justice in different historical moments that have opened doors for marginalized communities.
The bench in the distance is a commemoration for the principal that passed as well as a symbol of respect. The phrase, “Si lo puedes soñar, lo puedes lograr” is representation of the motto that the parents live by and emphasize to their children. The potted children are representing the diversity within the school and the multiple avenues the students can follow once they have graduated. Each student is blossoming into their full potential to accomplish and achieve their dreams. We see the children holding symbols representing their different interest in the visual and performing arts and their creativity represents the different occupations available to them. The student standing on top of the book and the motto translated into multiple languages is a representation of the history of one’s culture that is passed down and carried through the children. The book represents the variety of cultures that exist within the school that enrich the learning environment of the children by learning to be culturally aware of the diversity that exist in the world.
Right Side (Community)
The children transitioning from the pots to the playful side of their lives which includes the carnival, sports, and self expression represent the youthfulness of the children. The origami eagle slide represents the children limitless imagination and fundamental joy. Through the different activities that go on within the school like the teacher vs. student games, mentorship is created which enriches the spirits of the children in a positive way by increasing their self esteem and leads them to believe in themselves and their potential to be anything they can imagine. On the right, we see how the color has shifted to represent the bright side of life. Through the colorful flowers and trees we can predict the bright future the children are going to have. The fruit and vegetables growing on the trees represent the different resources that the school offers to the children to expand their horizons on what is available outside their communities.