The Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center held its grand opening Saturday, allowing San Diegans to “celebrate and share the historical and modern-day treasures of San Diego’s rich Chicano heritage.”
The inaugural exhibition is a collective historical narrative of Chicano Park and Logan Heights titled “P.I.L.L.A.R.S.: People In Lucha y Liberacion And Resilient Struggle” — a collective historical narrative of Chicano Park and Logan Heights. It features a unique artistic work of art on model pillars.
The art highlights of elements at the heart of the Chicano Park Movement, including the Brown Berets, Centro Cultural de la Raza, the Chicano Park Steering Committee, Danza Azteca, Danza Folklorica, the Kumeyaay story and lowriders.
Visitors saw an opening day installation by local artist Salvador “Queso” Torres. Other activities included speeches by museum founder Josephine Talamantez and the museum’s board of directors, interactive presentations with Chicano Park artists and historians, a mobile STEAM classroom, children’s workshops and live music by Mariachi Victoria, Herbert Siguenza, Fred Lanuza, Celeste Lanuza, and others.
The Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center is located adjacent to Chicano Park at 1960 National Ave.
City News Service contributed to this article.