Sign the Petition to Board of Directors of La Pena Cultural Center

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A Brief History of the Mural, to Understand What Is at Risk.

Canción de la unidad was painted in 1978 by a group of local artists who wanted to make an artistic statement regarding Latin American and US society and evoke a cultural resistance to militarism, cultural repression, and alternative discourses pertaining art forms. Central to the painting was the unity between the old cultures of the Americas and the most representative figures of the arts in the U.S. as well as Latin America. The central figure chosen to embody this reality was the aura and powerful image of song/writer and playwright Víctor Jara, brutally tortured and assassinated by the military dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile.

By 1986, the mural had deteriorated and was repainted. On the new mural, some of the same original artists were called to do the job, the mural became larger and new faces were added to both sides of this large canvas. The muralists added figures, and did not erase former ones, as the community believed that it was through layers of meaning that we could build a more inclusive representation of a "Canción de la unidad/Song of Unity".

For a complete description of "Cancion de la Unidad/Song of Unity" Mural please visit facebook page:

Understanding the Duality and Unity of the Mural Symbolism: Who is Depicted, and Why They Should Not Be Erased.
by Quique Cruz

We are demanding that NONE of these important cultural icons be removed, ignored, or painted over from "Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad"

"Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad" is a complex inclusive multilayered object of art that needs to be where it stands today, as a reminder to future generations of the meaning of a discursive art and politics that have struggled for unity. What is at stake, by taking it down and replacing it by a new mural represents cultural suicide and erasure of a specific memory that has served many. It is not right to Úselo y Tírelo, the mural belongs to the local, national and international memory, and because of its significance has become sacred ground.

Firmly, we are asking that the mural must be restored where it stands now, and not somewhere else. Also, we are asking to open a true process for the restoration and the inclusion of the Community in the final say in how this is going to be done, as well as all options to be considered in its restoration. Lastly, we also believe that in the process of restoring the mural, new faces can be added, but not at the expense of the powerful and historical meaning of the present "Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad."


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