The goal of the Nuestro Arte project was to foster knowledge about artistic traditions from Mexico. Learning about the history, values and traditions of other places can open us to new ideas about people in our own communities. These explorations often reveal similarities that can lead to acceptance and celebration of cultural diversity.
Three art forms are celebrated in the design: hand-made ceramic tiles, clay stamps based on symbols from early Mexican cultures, and dotted clay designs found on pottery in the city of Capula.
The images in each panel are inspired by ancient and contemporary designs found in yarn paintings by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madre. Huichol traditions value nature and its seasonal cycles. Rain, sun, animals and plants depicted in the mural are central to many of the Huichol's stories of creation.
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Wanda is a Mexican-American Austin artist, art educator, art therapist and counselor who has been creating public art in Austin for nearly 20 years.
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Elizabeth Is an artist and art educator in the Austin community. She is the private school division chair for Texas Art Education Association.
Beatriz is a long time volunteer in youth centered programs. She has been married for nearly twenty years and is a mother to two beautiful boys.