mural unveiling
mural unveiling
At Fox Tech mural unveiling are (top photo from left to right) Judge
Daniel Guerrero, Fox Tech Principal Nancy York and UTSA President
Ricardo Romo. In the lower photo are teacher Maria Leake,
Rep. Charles Gonzalez and art student John Contreras.
(Photos by Patrick Ray Dunn)

UTSA President Ricardo Romo participates in salute to Latino heroes at Fox Tech

(May 27, 2005)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo participated in the unveiling ceremony of a student mural project Monday, May 23 at Louis W. Fox Technical High School.

Romo, a Fox Tech alumnus, was joined at the dedication ceremony by U.S. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (son of the late Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez), San Antonio artist and Judge Daniel Guerrero, Artpace San Antonio Executive Director Kathryn Kanjo and Fox Tech art teacher Maria Leake.

In the mural, images of role models in the San Antonio Latino community are represented in four six-by-four-foot panels with descriptive words of the individuals. Created from February 21 to May 5, the mural will be on permanent display at Fox Tech on the wall at the North Main Avenue side of the school.

The mural project with the theme "Yo Soy el Futuro" (I am the Future) optimistically represents cultural role models chosen by Fox Tech students. "Yo Soy una Voz" (I am a Voice) registers the legacy of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Willie Velasquez. "I am Change" personifies community activist and teacher Emma Tenayuca. "Yo Soy Justicia" (I am Justice) reflects the mission of Carlos Cadena, chief justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. "I Am a Leader" captures the spirit of Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez.

The mural is part of the Artpace's ArtElements program, which serves K-12 audiences with curriculum-linked programs and participatory projects with visiting artists. Through the 12-week program, an artist partners with students to create a permanent artwork for the school's campus.

Daniel Guerrero, municipal court judge and local artist, was selected to lead the Fox Tech art project, guiding the students to understand how individuals can make a difference in society.

Artpace San Antonio is a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art objects. Founded in January 1995, the organization has garnered national recognition for its residency, exhibition and public educational programs.

For more information, contact Artpace representative Libby Tilley at (210) 212-4900.

--Tim Brownlee