Removal of ELAC mural: censorship, ignorance

May 9, 2018

By Eddie Mike Garcia It was upsetting to hear about the short-lived history of East Los Angeles College’s mural of 1979. The mural put ELAC on the map of a growing Chicano art movement of the time. In 1974, ELAC had an opportunity to merge its educational goals for Chicana/o students with those of the Chicana/o Mural Movement, a critical component of the larger Chicano Movement. That year, Roberto Chavez,…

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Photographer finds passion, work presented at VPAM

May 2, 2018

By Eddie Mike Garcia Some persons land that great job early in life, while others take more time to find that rewarding career, just like Rafael Cardenas did for himself. Cardenas worked several jobs over many years before he found his passion in photography. He  currently has an exhibit of photographs at the Vincent Price Museum for the next  three months. Cardenas was born in Mexico in the 1970s and…

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VPAM opens new photographic exhibit

May 2, 2018

By Eddie Mike Garcia The Vincent Price Art Museum opening reception of Rafael Cardenas photographic exhibit “Backyard Tableaux” was held on Saturday. The photographs ranged from a downed piñata, poolside relaxation, a backyard party, to cold beverages inside an ice cooler. This is Cardenas’ first solo exhibit of photos on display here at ELAC. The two-hour event brought many individuals to mingle with the artist and ask various questions about…

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Photographer shows insight on East-side neighborhood culture

April 25, 2018

By Eddie Mike Garcia A visual look at backyard scenes across the East-side neighborhoods of Los Angeles will be on display at the Vincent Price Art Museum with the opening reception on Saturday at 7 p.m. Rafael Cardenas, known for his fascinating street style of photography, will present a collection of new works that capture the backyard activities of parties, social gatherings and get togethers and the people that put…

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Counselor to dedicate more time at ELAC after retirement

November 15, 2017

By Eddie Mike Garcia Vocational counselor with the California Department of Rehabilitation in El Monte, Robert Michael Barrios, has assisted East Los Angeles College students with disabilities with financial aid. Barrios has helped individuals with disabilities for 14 years through the DOR and has focused the last four years helping students enrolled in ELAC’s Disabilities, Support Programs and Services (DSPS) office. Barrio’s efforts and hard work have enabled ELAC students…

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