“El Despertar de las Americas” Mural
The Latino Cultural Center houses one of the largest indoor murals in the City of Chicago. The mural is called El Despertar de las Américas (The Awakening of the Americas) and was completed in 1996 by Chicago muralist Hector Duarte. The artist worked with a group of UIC Latino students in the selection of topics for the mural and its execution. Although the topics are a reflection of social life in the mid-nineties that included concerns about identity and stereotypes, immigration, gender roles, human rights, poverty, and education, these topics remain relevant in Latino communities today. In the summer of 2011, the artist returned to restore the mural and add a new section that highlights the transnational lives and global concerns of Latinas and Latin American women.
The Latino Cultural Center uses its mural to lead civic dialogues and tours, and created an Arts-Based Civic Dialogue Guide that people can use to conduct their own dialogues on-site. For more information, see Dialogues & Tours.