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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Plática con Las Muralistas

Local female muralists share their aesthetic, inspiration, and value for their cultural art

By: Jessie Chrobocinski   Photo via: Mayra Zamora

Every year Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions Hispanic-Americans have brought to this country. The celebration and representation of the undeniable enrichment found in Latinx communities’ cultures, traditions, and legacies extend from September 15 to October 15. 

Annually, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with multiple events. For this year’s tribute, the talented Latinx woman muralist group, Las Muralistas, will discuss their aesthetics, inspirations, and values for art. Mayra Zamora, Monica Marie Garcia, and Sandra Gonzalez will host Plática con Las Muralistas, a virtual event on Saturday, September 26, from 6–7 p.m.  

“It’s always an honor to be included in Hispanic Heritage Month events. Hispanic Heritage Month is so important because of Representation Matters – this is our time to shine,” Mayra Zamora says passionately. “A lot of us serve as an inspiration to the next generation. I want them to see themselves in all realms of media.”

Displayed at the university campus, “Viva TAMU-CC” was brought to life last year by these three women. Inspired by Hispanic culture and campus elements, the mural has gained recognition by the local community, including this year’s Local’s List! 

“Last year, we painted the mural installed inside the University Center at TAMU-CC,” says muralist, Monica Marie Garcia. “This year, we will be speaking via Zoom to University students about our culture, artistic upbringing, and aesthetic. Las Muralistas are a special kind because we’re three strong, hard-working, artistic, creative, female educators. We love what we do and show and talk about it too! Also, the fact that we’re all Latina is a bonus!” 

“During Plática con Las Muralistas, I talk about my journey as a muralist and educator and elaborating on how my style reflects a colorful Mexican-American culture where I like to include portraits, native plants and Mexican textiles,” Sandra Gonzalez shares.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers everyone the chance to learn the history of Hispanic Heritage. Including daily events to demonstrate support and recognition of past and present Latinx leaders’ contributions to our society in both big and small ways.  

To register for Plática con Las Muralistas, visit www.tamucc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QCzmLuXhkhF7fL. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361-825-2657; or email at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.