Our mission is to restore, preserve, and protect our cultural identity through the arts.
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We are united in our love and respect for the arts
Our community’s art has the power to undo border walls in the psyche. Me and my neighbors look through our murals as windows into the spiritual landscape that gentrifying commercial terrain seek to demolish. Sacred imagery opens “the possibility of learning or remembering history, ancestry, medicine, language, and other forms of ancient knowledge through visual culture” (Zepeda, 2015, p. 120). Murals make these images literate for everyone, acting as cracks “through which Indigenous life and knowledge have persisted and thrived despite settlement” (Tuck & McKenzie, 2015, p. 61). Making, memorializing, and maintaining murals can open portals for decoloniality and the survivance of Indigenous communities in L.A.
🛑STOP WHITEWASHING OUR ART!
Brenda Perez is an Indigenous Mexican-American/Chicana, born and raised in Highland Park, Northeast Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology focusing on Community psychology, Liberation psychology, Indigenous psychology and Ecopsychology.
Brenda investigates gentrification as a form of internal colonialism in the historic Mexican neighborhood of Highland Park, which currently feeds L.A.’s homelessness crisis.
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