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La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues: 1985 & 2017
May 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
In 1985, Eva Cockcroft, founder of Artmakers Inc, gathered together 29 “artists of conviction” to create 26 political murals on four buildings overlooking the then neglected La Plaza Cultural community garden (Avenue C, between East 8th & 9th Streets). Known as La Lucha Continua, The Struggle Continues, the murals addressed six themes: gentrification, police brutality, immigration, women’s issues, and opposition to U.S. interventions in Central America and apartheid in South Africa. Today, the garden is thriving, the issues that inspired La Lucha remain of deep concern, and only two of the murals exist, the paint cracked and faded. Presenting the murals, the talk discusses social, political and cultural context in which they were created and also looks at today’s Loisaida and how the neighborhood and the issues have changed over time.
Jane Weissman, presenter
Co-sponsored by Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (gvshp.org) and City Lore (citylore.org)
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.