50th Anniversary Mural | De Anza College

50th Anniversary Mural | De Anza College


[magical chimes] It’s really great to be able to come back and do a mural here, man. You know, I just feel like … I would’ve never imagined. When I came here fifteen years ago, I studied art. You know, I did see the mural over here … in the quad over. And I thought it was a great mural. I still think it’s a great mural. And thought, man it would be cool if one day I could do something like that. [inspirational music] And one thing that I liked about being at De Anza … was the … really strong spirit of collaboration … … collaboration and intersection of identities here at De Anza College. And I think that’s the sort of most important component of the mural. The words that I did choose to use as a foundation for that were “justice,” “equity” and “peace.” You know, and these ideals were presented by De Anza as something that they thought was important to present in the mural. You gotta include everybody. And I like that it includes everybody, and it uses the word “equity” instead of “equality.” And that it promotes peace and justice. And this school … one for this school is it helps everybody! And this really encaptures what this school is really about. Coming from me, and I’m African American, and we’re outnumbered here … and I still feel like I’m a part of everyone. and I still feel like I’m a part of everyone. And that’s what this mural means to me. Honestly, it’s gonna be a historical mural I think. It’s gonna represent a point in history where, you know, there was so much difficulty and so much uncertainty and fear. This is like a piece of compassionate … … a peacemaking basically within our own identity, and helping others to continue that search for their own [identity]. And I think it’s great for students to see that there’s an alumni coming back and kind of representing from here at De Anza, what it means to continue to evolve. The content is primary now. And techniques are secondary. Like, style is second. Style is gonna go in and out of fashion. But like, what’s not gonna go in and out of fashion are people’s stories and people’s experiences. And that’s why I like working in this realm of subject matter. You know, about like, our shared humanity, our shared experience. Because I feel like that’s something that’s going to be important to us for a very long time. Please click here if you want to see more videos about De Anza, and some of the activities that we got going on. Please also subscribe and hit the like button. If you want to see details about my work … … and know a little bit more about me, you can log onto my website, Sam Rodriguez art dot com. Thank you.

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