Mural updates 2017

On Tuesday, August 29th, Hector Duarte, artist of El Despertar de Las Americas, returned to the UIC Latino Cultural Center to add another honorable face to the mural. Berta Cáceres was a Honduran environmental and human rights activist. She is most widely known for her involvement in stopping the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam, which was not only organized in violation of the rights of the indigenous Lenca people but would also result in the depletion of their resources. In 2013, the efforts against the dam forced construction to come to a standstill. Unfortunately, with Cáceres’ success came backlash and in March 2016, she was gunned down in her home. The LCC recognizes her bravery and dedication, and hopes others will do the same. Click here for more information about Berta Cáceres.

In addition to Berta, Duarte also added two small but significant additions to the mural. In the Warrior Eagle scene above the stage, in the image of a collective march, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” was added to one of the t-shirts, in response to student and community requests over the past couple of years during public programs and arts-based civic dialogues. On another wall, Duarte added to the faux pillar in the Hub for Social Change scene, which has been used to commemorate events in LCC history, such as the student protests that led to the creation of the center, the death of Rafael Cintrón Ortiz, and visits like that of Rigoberta Menchú. To these important events, we have added a recognition of the LCC’s 40th anniversary, celebrated in 2016.

Image of Duarte editing mural

DACA announcement

On Tuesday, September 5th 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), an executive order by President Obama that provided work authorization and temporary protection from deportation to approximately 800,000 undocumented people brought as children into the US.

Upon the announcement of the end of the DACA Program, the Latino Cultural Center opened their doors to the UIC community to provide a safe space for undocumented folks to see the announcement and react to the news. During the day, students and faculty came to the LCC to make posters as they prepared for the Protection for All rally that took place in Federal Plaza. As the UIC community moves forward in the aftermath of this announcement, the LCC reaffirms their commitment to standing in solidarity with undocumented students and families. Find more resources here.

LCC Fall 2017 Open House

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Welcome back UIC!

On August 30th, the UIC’s Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center and Heritage Garden held an open house to kick-off the fall semester. With over 100 visitors from within and around the UIC community, visitors were able to view the mural, search through the center’s archives, learn about past programs, and even explore the Heritage Garden seed collection. Through these materials, visitors were able to learn more about the organization and center’s missions, initiatives, history, and student resources available. To learn about how to get involved with the center, click here!

Heritage Garden Alumna Lucia Whalen Honors College Commencement Speech

During the Honors College December 2016 Graduation, Heritage Garden alumna Lucia Whalen highlights how the LCC and the Heritage Garden shaped her experience at UIC. Check out the video below:

December Graduation, 2016

Historias Monarca Zine Release

Image of Historias Monarca program

On Friday May 12, 2017, the Yollocalli arts program hosted their Spring 2017 Exhibition. Yollocalli is a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art that offers free arts and cultural programming to young adults and teens, based in Little Village. The Exhibit consisted of a video made by the program’s youth, showcasing their photography and broadcasting skills, with the help of Pop-Up Youth Radio Radio. The UIC Latino Cultural Center’s Historias Monarca project was also featured at the Exhibition, hosting a seed-bomb making workshop to celebrate the release of their Historias Monarca Zine, created in collaboration with Yollocalli artists.