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Cultural Art Programs

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Trabajadores de la Tierra

Workers of the land
Mexican farm labor program started in 1942 diplomatic accords between Mexico & the United States allowing Mexican men to work in the states legally on short term labor contracts.

“My father was an orange picker along with his brothers. Also, my mother and her family worked as harvesters of fruits and vegetables. My grandfather recruited for Bracero program in the 1940’s. I have created five paintings of harvesters that are on display.”
Sylvia Alva
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Sylvia paintingrocks painted by Sylvia Alva as part of the project Trabajadores de la Tierra

"Corazón de Timoteo" Hearts

Heart of Timoteo Hearts
"The inspiration behind the Corazón de Timoteo Hearts comes from my dad, Timothy Farmer, who was the General Manager of Redlands Foothill Groves during my childhood. I have fond memories of my dad and his friend John picking cactus. They would clean them, scrape the thorns, cut and then boil them. My mom and John’s wife Mary would cook seasoned pork with onions, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and add the cactus. It made the most delicious burritos."
Wynee Farmer Orland 
A heart-shaped painting of an orange tree and cactus

Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
Sylvia painting skulls for the day of the dead
All proceeds from art sales assist in funding the Cultural Arts Program at the Visitor Center.

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