What is Year of La Chicana?
In the spring of 2018, the El Movimiento Advisory Committee, comprised of Colorado Chicano activists who worked to direct the creation of the El Movimiento exhibit at History Colorado Center, hosted three Chicana activists who voiced concerns that the El Movimiento exhibit did not adequately represent the role of female activists in the movement. Both History Colorado and the committee chose to respond to this critique with intentional planning and programming for Year of La Chicana.
Interested in hosting a Year of La Chicana speaker for your group, class, or organization? We have a Speaker's Bureau set up for this! Please contact our reservations to set up a speaking engagement today!
We are collecting stories and photos of Chicana women at the forefront then and now. Do you or someone you love have a Chicana photograph or story to share with History Colorado? If so, please email a digital photo, a few lines detailing the story, and contact information about the person to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist in Residence
Arlette Lucero was selected by the El Movimiento Advisory Committee to be the Artist in Residence at History Colorado Center. She is a Denver native who grew up surrounded by the Chicano movement. Arlette earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from CSU in Fort Collins and has taught art education for over twenty years. She is a current member of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council of Denver.
Arlette says, “My paintings and sculptures are visual poetic expressions of my emotions, feeling and desires. Using a combination of realism, symbolism and vibrant colors, I try to capture the sensual mystery of my original concept. My pieces are illustrations of stories, poems, and personal obsessions. As a woman, I love to paint beautiful women of timeless ages in endless time. They are the Goddesses of many cultures or simple mothers.”
Arlette will be painting on-site on the second floor niches at the History Colorado Center through mid-September. She'll create three large murals in honor of three Chicanas selected by the El Movimiento committee. She will also be including a community photo collage of additional Chicanas.