During Open House San Diego, currently slated are four tours of the historic Chicano Park. Open House has been blessed with the opportunity to have the guide of these tours be one of the artists himself, Mario Torero. We were lucky enough to sit down with Mario to talk …
During Open House San Diego, currently slated are four tours of the historic Chicano Park. Open House has been blessed with the opportunity to have the guide of these tours be one of the artists himself, Mario Torero. We were lucky enough to sit down with Mario to talk a bit about what he sees for the future of Barrio Logan, as well as to get a taste of what attendees of the tours will hear.
Mario, born in Peru, came to Barrio Logan at the age of twelve, right about the time when the Barrio was just beginning to establish itself. In 1970, the people of Barrio Logan decided to put up Chicano Park, a testament to the strength and beauty of their culture. Many people from the community came and helped make the park what it is today, including Mario and his father. Mario has been extremely involved in the development of the arts in not only the Barrio Logan area, but also East Village and Downtown San Diego.
Since Mario first settled in San Diego, he has seen the impact that Barrio Logan has had on the city of San Diego, helping make it the outstanding cultural hub that it is today. Mario states that as things change throughout the city of San Diego, it is crucial to remember that San Diego is most importantly a “cultural city.” This is something that Mario, as well as many other artists and community members in Barrio Logan, fear is going to disappear as the city continues to move into a new age. In order to combat this, Mario and many others are trying to raise awareness of the change that is happening, not so that they can prevent the change, but rather so they can ensure that the culture that has been established by the people of Barrio Logan is embraced and is incorporated into this new age of the city of San Diego.
This topic of cultural importance leads us into what exactly you will be able to expect on one of Mario’s four tours during Open House San Diego. He will walk the groups throughout Chicano Park, which he has doted “the protector of Barrio Logan.” Mario will stop at each mural along the way and tell you not just about the surface of each mural, but also the historical and cultural meaning behind each one. This history is very important to understanding just what Barrio Logan, and Chicano Park mean to the city of San Diego. Mario hopes that through these tours he will help people be able to see the culture that he lives and breathes, and realize that it is something that needs to be a part of the future of the city.
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