MESTIZO, the poetic original by Daniel Valdez exemplifies how the indigenous past was engaged by a Chicano artist in the re-telling of that history into an emerging Chicano identity. This 1973 album, the only Chicano Movement recording released by a major recording label, would inspire other groups to record, documenting a new era of Chicano popular music
Debajo del Agua
Debajo del Agua is a seven-piece instrumental hip-hop band with members from Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, France, Puerto Rico and the United States. They fuse hip-hop with the melodies of Andean music, samba, son, salsa, cumbia, reggae, and reggaeton, creating a flavorful blend of melodies, spiced up with a style of its own.
Anthony J Garcia
Tony has been the Executive Artistic Director of El Centro Su Teatro since 1989 and has been a member of Su Teatro since 1972. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver. Tony has received numerous awards and accolades for his artistic vision, including the 1989 University of California, Irvine Chicano Literary Award, a 2006 United States Artists Fellowship, an artist residency at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and was named the Denver Post 2010 Theatre Person of the Year. Most recently, he received the prestigious Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils Stanton Foundation. Tony is a past faculty member for the National Association of Latino Art and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute as well as a past board member, he is a peer trainer for the Colorado Creative Industries’ Peer Assistance Network, and a member of the Western State Arts Federation’s (WESTAF) Board of Trustees. Tony is also an adjunct professor at Metro State College in Denver.
Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an "East LA Chican@ rock group," summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement.
Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys is a Texas trio formed by brothers Jojo Garza (bassist/vocalist), Henry (vocals, guitar) and Ringo (drums, vocals).
“We want to make music that brings people together, not music that divides people,” Jojo states. “We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about things that really matter. A lot of people write songs about superficial things, like how you look and what kind of car you drive and how much money you have, but we’re not interested in that. We want to create music that’s about the love and the energy and the spirit that we all carry as people.”
Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalepeno Band
Since 1989, Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band has been playing a rich mélange of mestizo and mulatto styles in celebration of the diverse origins of their Mexican-American musical heritage. Based in San Francisco, this award-winning band transmits the joy inherent in this musica and the pleasure they feel making it.
Justicia y Libertad Artists
Born in Denver, Colorado, Emanuel Martinez began his artistic pursuits as a means of escape from an oppressive childhood. As a forerunner of the contemporary mural movement that began in the late 60s, Emanuel worked in the civil rights movement with Cesar Chavez and other prominent leaders. Three of the art works he did in that era are now in the permanent collection of The Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
The work of this prolific, highly versatile artist has won him numerous awards: including the Colorado Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts (1985), the Denver Mayors Award for Excellence in the Arts (1995) and the Denver Civil Rights award in 2001. Andrew Connors, a former curator at the National Museum of American Art state in a published book on Emanuel’s work; “As an educator and community activist, Martinez has especially helped young people find ways to make their voices heard. We can all find parts of ourselves of our dreams in his artwork because he recreates the triumphs of the individual and at the same time affirms a collective identity in his murals, paintings, prints and sculptures. As an artist Emanuel acts locally with a significance that is national.”
Emanuel Martinez Mural Project
Born 1952, Denver, CO, Media Artist. B.A. Communications, University of Colorado, with additional studies at Pomona College and Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico. Photographer with Disneyworld 1976- 1980. Principal in Chispa Productions, one of the first independent Chicano film production companies 1979 – 1982. Producer/ director for the PBS affiliate KBDI-TV 1983 – 1988, where he produced some of that station's first national award-winning documentaries. Associate Director for the Colorado Council on the Arts 1987 – 2000 with specialization in Literature, Visual, Performing, Folk and Media Arts as well as support for individual artists. Media Arts / Literacy Specialist for the Denver Public Schools 2000 – 2003. Director of the XicanIndie FilmFest for El Centro Su Teatro in Denver 2000 - present. CEO and founder of razalas studios formerlyimpossible artz, providing media arts production, publishing, distribution, promotion and marketing 1983 – present). His media art including: films, videos and photography have been distributed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and Europe since 1979. Regularly exhibits photography and other published materials in galleries, art centers and museums across the U.S.
Maruca Salazar is a well-known artist and arts educator. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Museo de las Americas in Denver, Colorado.
Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educating our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.
Carlos Frezquez is an artist and educator who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Carlos is a celebrated Chicano artist who has shown work nationally and internationally.
Quintin González is an American visual artist of Mexican descent. González is known for simultaneously working between abstract painting and digital media, producing works exploiting the materiality of paint and surface, as well as virtual identity-based photo-realistic prints influenced by popular culture and cinema.
Delilah Montoya’s work is grounded in the mestizo/a experience of the Southwest and borderlands, bringing together a multiplicity of syncretic forms and practices from those of Aztec Mexico and Spain, to cross-bordered vernacular traditions, all of which are inflected by contemporary Native American and Anglo American customs and values. Her artistic home is the cacophony of the contemporary Chicano/a- Mexicano/a – Hiscano/a experience in New Mexico.