“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.