Mexican mural artists in the United States are celebrating the first time they have been able to show off a mural to the public.
For a day, artists at the Art Institute of San Francisco’s Mexican mural program were able to share a piece of art from their own work on a wall in front of the school.
“We didn’t have a lot of room,” said the program director, Juan Carlos Aguilar.
“I didn’t know what to expect.”
The mural, which Aguilar said he painted himself in less than 24 hours, was part of a larger program, which included a wall painting of an iconic mural on the San Francisco skyline.
Aguilar said the wall was meant to represent the “hope and opportunity” of the Mexican-American community in San Francisco, which has been hit hard by the devastating effects of the earthquake.
The wall’s size, he said, reflects the power of the message the mural conveys.
“There are so many Mexican-Americans that have gone through a lot,” he said.
“They are struggling, but they are not out of it.
They are still alive.”
Aguila said he plans to show the mural to local Mexican artists who can get involved with the program.
He hopes to be able to make it into a bigger mural in time for the upcoming summer celebration of the city’s Hispanic heritage.
The program has been expanding since it began in 2011, with the intention of helping to connect the Mexican community with local art.
For Aguilar, who is also the program’s program director and curator, it is important to show that there is still hope.
“You need to see people,” he told NBC News.
“You need them to see something.”