“El Despertar de las Americas” Mural

The UIC Latino Cultural Center (LCC) houses one of the largest indoor murals in the City of Chicago. The mural is called El Despertar de las Americas (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 LCC uses the mural to conduct civic dialogues and tours. We created an Arts-Based Civic Dialogue (ABCD) Guide that people can use to conduct their own mural dialogues.

For more information, see Mural Dialogues & Tours.

  • The American Dream

    The American Dream

  • A Hub for Social Change

    A Hub for Social Change

  •  The Warrior Eagle

    The Warrior Eagle

  • The Changing Cultural Landscape

    The Changing Cultural Landscape

  • Pillars of the Family

    Pillars of the Family

  • Global Citizen

    Global Citizen

  • El Corazón

    El Corazón

  • The Vejigante

    The Vejigante

  • The Zapatistas

    The Zapatistas

  • Quetzalcoatl in Disguise

    Quetzalcoatl in Disguise

  • Political Activism and the Arts

    Political Activism and the Arts

  • The Wisdom of Cultural Heritage

    The Wisdom of Cultural Heritage