Las Ponderosas Mural
Las Ponderosas Mural
Alicia Rojas, Camilo Romero, and Santa Ana Communiry Artist(a) Coalition, 10/12/2020
The mural includes eight paintings of Latina community leaders and seeks to empower young women. “It’s uplifting women of color and highlighting our attributes and contributions to the making of America, especially right now,” Alicia Rojas says. “Making a public art project in the middle of a pandemic has been a challenge, but it is something that needed to happen to try to bring back the feeling of love, repect and admiration.” The mural was started in September 2020 through a partnership between Rojas and Camilo Romero, who Rojas said was the visionary for the piece. Along with the likenesses of all the women, the murak is green and lush with flowers and plants and birds, called “pajaritas,” representing symbols of pollination and peace.
Also in Costa Mesa resides a mural completed last October through a collaboration between Colombian-born artist Alicia Rojas, human rights lawyer Camilo Romero and the Santa Ana Community Artist(a) Coalition. Romero is co-founder of ReGeneración Colombia, a group dedicated to healing intergenerational trauma through both storytelling and cultural projects. He has always been inspired by his grandmother, Cristina Prada, and by the way her courage and strength have been passed on to his mother, sisters and nieces. Romero wanted to showcase her strength in some way, along with the strength of other influential Latina women like Modesta Avila and Frances Muñoz, and commemorate their contributions to California in the form of a public art exhibit.
Romero reached out to muralist Rojas in mid-August, and he says Rojas was the artist who most related to the vision of uplifting women of color.
“When I saw that he wanted to highlight the women of his life, it had a very special meaning to me,” lead curator Rojas said.
Rojas suggested that the mural be a female-led project, so she reached out to other women of color in the community. Despite the hot weather in October, Rojas said she and her team of women gave it their all to be able to accomplish this for the community.