2012 Spring Humanities Series: We Speak Muralists
Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, OR
Questions: Call (541) 506-6047
Cost: Free, suggested donation $5
About the Event
Visit the We Speak mural, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Showing at various locations in the Gorge throughout April. Tour maps available.
Sponsored by ALANA (Asians, Latinos, African and Native Americans for Justice and Peace), the We Speak mural was dedicated on October 4, 1992 in Portland, Oregon. In response to the celebrations surrounding the Quincentenary of Columbus’ arrival in America, a group of artists and community activists from different cultural backgrounds came together to make art for social change with the belief that culture has the power to build community, educate and inspire.
They believed that it was important to speak clearly of the dangerous, hidden lessons within the Columbus “myth:” might makes right, progress above human life or the natural environment, people of other cultures are inferior and stronger nations have the right to dominate weaker ones. They reminded everyone that 1992 also marked 500 years of rich, cultural traditions that have flourished in spite of repression. The mural was their attempt to give voice to these vital stories and historical facts. Now, at its twentieth anniversary, the message of We Speak has not changed.
- Linda Dalal Sawaya
- Seidel Standing Elk
- Elizabeth Perry
2012 Spring Humanities Series
This program is part of the 2012 Spring Humanities Series, "Voices Less Heard" presented by Columbia Gorge Community College and Gorge Literacy.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant programs. Additional support provided by a grant from the Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support Oregon’s arts, heritage, and the humanities.
Local support provided by: CGCC Foundation, Friends of The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library, C.H. Urness Motor Co., Griffith Motors, Les Schwab Tire Center, NW Natural, Orchard View Farms, & Ray Schultens Motors