Marking the grand opening of the expanded Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center presented an art exhibit by Mission muralist and fine artist Juana Alicia.
The Poetic Justice kicked off on , March 3 at CLPR and is part of a month-long Open House titled Arts in Our Community: Latinx Visions for Social Justice.
“This is an auspicious debut especially given the fact that by 2020, experts believe that Latinos in California will be the majority population,” said Juana Alicia. “My art inspires people to connect with their individual struggles and work collectively to address their challenges.”
CLPR, now entering its 28th year, has expanded and now has a new space for the integration of the arts, interdisciplinary research, and policy. The Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética exhibit featured more than 14 of Juana Alicia’s prints, paintings, and sculpture – a mix of new pieces never exhibited and earlier art works.
“We are honored that Juana Alicia’s work will be featured at the opening of our brand-new and enlarged Center for Latino Policy Research,” says Professor Patricia Baquedano-López, CLPR chair.
“Her work and her life trajectory express both witnessing and testimonio (testimony) of our communities’ struggles and forward movement.”
With Latino communities experiencing disenfranchisement and fears of deportation, the Center has created a unique place to foster innovation and creativity, and to synergistically advance knowledge that elevates Latino cultural, social, and political power.
For the opening series of events in 2017, the center has turned to Latino artists, cultural visionaries and intermediaries. The goal is to foster conversations that bolster enthusiasm and energy through both reflection and action.
The month long celebraton continues with Telling Our Stories, a talk and film screening with Ray Telles on Thursday, March 23 at 5 p.m.