about the race
packets and pre-race
application and contact
This project will create a modern-looking painted mural honoring the traditional
cultures of the American Indian and Chicano youth who who live in Moab. Moab is
growing in its population of people who are overshadowed by the dominant anglo
culture and general economy of the town. Many of these people work in the lower
tiers of Moab's service industry. With all funds going to support the family the
youth are often deprived of participating in after school and other activities.
They are also cut off from their traditional cultures. The purpose of this mural
will be threefold: 1) it would provide Moab with another beautiful work of
public art, 2) it will offer viewers cultural education via a pamplhet and mural
sign that told the story of symbols used, and 3) it would foster pride among
the youth and adults of the culture represented.
This project was initiated by Moab buisiness owner Chris Martinez. As a long-distance,
ultra-marathon runner Chris is organizing the first 50-mile mountain/desert marathon
for Moab to be held in September 2004. It will attract runners and sponsors from all
the world. Of Chicano descent, Chris feels a special need to do something
for indigenous people, especially the children, living in Moab. He wished to dedicate to
the proceeds of the run to "an art to indigenous children" program. Based
on seeing Hucko's previous work with Pueblo, Navajo and local children, Martinez asked
Hucko to direct the art project. The Moab Arts and Recreation Center, where Hucko
serves as intermittent Art Coach, became the logical and most appropriate sponsor.
The site of the mural(s) will be on the outside walls of the buildings that will soon
become Moab's new City Hall. The mural will compliment the public are currently in
place there (Star Hall, Sun Court, Moon Ampitheater) and will feature native elements
relating to the stars, the sun and the moon.
Two of the locations for murals:
top | to course description