The Many Colors of the Chicano Movement

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What can art teach us about history, culture, and social issues? During the Chicano movement of the 1960s, murals became key forms of expression for Mexican Americans seeking to tell the stories of their culture and the struggles of daily life brought on by social and economic inequalities.

Today, the mural movement is regarded as a continuation of the artistic tradition established by influential Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. With a wealth of vibrant source material, this movement is the perfect foundation for engaging lessons on Mexican American history and culture.

For a jumping-off point, read the following essay on Chicano art, complete with accompanying examples of murals and illustrations:

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