Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HERSTORY Mural Unveiling

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Photo by Michael Barajas
  • Photo by Michael Barajas
Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-02-23

Important art is not always destined for museums. This Saturday, witness the unveiling of HERSTORY, a mural of note with a different mission. Part community artwork and part work of scholarship by the 25 girls who made the painting at Girls, Inc., the project has been accomplished with the assistance of instructors from SAY Sí, the after-school arts powerhouse. The six panels of the mural are a study in San Antonio women’s history and depict women who kicked holes in the glass ceiling. Some, like former Texas Governor Ann Richards and San Antonio’s Sandra Cisneros, likely the most-read Mexican American woman author, are well known. Others should be. María Berriozábal was the first Chicana elected to the San Antonio City Council. She infuriated the good ole’ boys when she mobilized her poor constituents to register to vote and defend their interests. Emma Tenayuca was an organizer in the San Antonio pecan-shelling plants who struggled to bring Mexican workers into the trade unions at a time when Hispanics were left out of the labor movement. They’re both in the mural, along with others you can brag on knowing if you show up Saturday at the local chapter house of Girls, Inc., advocates for young women for over a century. Free, 10:30-11:30am, 1209 S St. Mary’s, (210) 212-2576, girlsincsa.com.

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