The original mural team who completed the mural, “Mexico-Tenochtitlan: A Sequence of Time and Culture” includes the following: Andy Ledesma, John “Zender” Estrada, Anthony Ortega, Isabel Martinez, Oscar De Leon, Jesse Silva, Jerry Ortega, Ralph Corona, Jaime and Dominic Ochoa. Community artists include: Asylum, Fernando Bustos, John Duran, and Mario Mencias.
We acknowledge the generous support from the following sponsors that made this project possible: Not Just Us Foundation, Arroyo Arts Collective, Highland Park Heritage Trust, La Tierra De La Culebra, Lead singer from Rage Against The Machine Zack De La Rocha, Attorney Jorge Gonzalez, The Montes Family, El Arco Iris Restaurant, Adolfo V. Nodal, Sam Baray, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, LA Councilman Mike Hernandez Office, C/S Literary Group, Arroyo Furniture Store, Self-Help Graphics & Art Inc., Lee Lodes, Sister Karen Borccalero, Attorney Danilo Becerra, Art in The Park Advisory Council, Frank Sifuentes c/s, Dr. David Diaz, Arroyo Books, Anthony Gonzalez, Grace Sanchez, John & Ileana Cataldo, and “The Doors” legendary drummer John Densmore.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
Quetzalcoatl Mural Project (QMP) Primary mission is to provide inner-city youth an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents by creating an awareness campaign through public art projects in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods. It’s well documented that arts education in Los Angeles public schools has been on the decline since the early 1980’s and in recent years, a crippled economy and state budget cuts have terminated these programs. There are few activities to engage children in their after school hours, and involvement in the arts has been shown to increase performance skills in all levels of their education, not just in art.
QMP goals are to educate and foster leadership skills to young artists in the participation of public art projects as a means to develop future “cultural arts ambassadors” that would bring new heights of social transformation and developmental process responsible for social change. We can aspire to learn from great contributions made in social science; and how art can be used to awaken people to the problems of society, specifically to the struggles faced by youth. We are founded on the principle that art and culture are teaching and healing tools that cultivate a level of fusion and balance with shared awareness. It is the main source of abundance and transformation in a person’s life.