Mural of Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

Front entrance of Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.
Front entrance of Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

Like the nearby WorldBeat Center, the Centro Cultural de la Raza is housed in a colorful old water tower in Balboa Park. Its huge mural draws the attention of those heading up Park Boulevard, just north of downtown San Diego.

Centro Cultural de la Raza is a cultural center with an emphasis on Chicano, Mexican, Indigenous and Latino art. It hosts many exhibits and artistic performances throughout the year. Ballet Folklorico dancing is one of the educational classes that are available.

I walked around the building and took a bunch of photos of the huge public mural!

Starting around the old water tower, checking out the artwork.
Starting around the old water tower, checking out the artwork.
Centro Cultural de la Raza seen from Park Boulevard.
Centro Cultural de la Raza seen from Park Boulevard.
Snake-entwined female in front of moon.
Snake-entwined female in front of glowing moon.
Diverse images from Latino culture in the large mural.
Diverse images from Latino culture in the richly detailed mural.
Geronimo crowned by a radiant sun.
A kneeling Geronimo crowned by a radiant sun.
Hispanic music, education and optimism are portrayed.
Hispanic music, education and optimism are portrayed.
Colorful mural contains many animals from the Americas.
Colorful mural contains many animals from the Americas.
A ram and corn are among the many images.
A ram and corn are among the many images.
Circling around toward back of the water tower.
Circling around toward back of the water tower.
Mesoamerican pyramid in a richly painted scene.
Mesoamerican pyramid in a beautifully painted scene.
Stylized face watches from Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Stylized ancient face watches from Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Latino family stands proudly in the San Diego mural.
Latino family stands proudly in the San Diego mural.
Eyes seem to rise out of the ground.
Eyes seem to rise out of the ground.
Nearby utility box made into a work of art.
Nearby utility box made into a work of art.
This crazy face made me laugh.
This crazy face made me laugh.
This appears to be an Aztec warrior.
This appears to be an Aztec warrior.

UPDATE!

When I posted these photos, I really didn’t know much about the mural. After doing some online research, I’ve learned the 240 by 18 feet mural was painted by nine artists, each responsible for a section. The mural painting project was headed by Antonia Perez. The Geronimo artwork was the work of Victor Ochoa, one of the co-founders of El Centro Cultural de la Raza in 1970.

Here are additional photos I took in early 2021, with a better camera under brighter light conditions…

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

10 thoughts on “Mural of Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.”

  1. As usual, you did a great job Richard! You should win an award from the city for your great work! What I want to know is how do you use WordPress.com to get the pictures to align vertically in the blog?

    And how do you have the time to get so many great shots and be at so many events?

    What camera do you use?

    Are you getting any ad revenue from your sight by being so consistent and by providing quality content?

    Thanks for being willing to answer my questions!

    Jordan Schaffner,BA Creative Writing

    Youtopiamedia.com

    Sent from Windows Mail

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I’m not sure how to vertically align pictures, but it can probably be accomplished using the HTML editor when you post. Someone else reading this comment might be able to help you. The camera is a Canon PowerShot A520. As for how do I have time–I just snap pics for this blog while walking around near where I live, or while enjoying various weekend events. Once in a while I get a week off from work, so I can enjoy more extended adventures! It isn’t terribly difficult. No, I don’t make money with the blog and really have no intention to. This all is for fun! Best wishes!

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      1. You are truly great at what you do! Your better than me at finding where the action is in San Diego! I just want to learn how to lay out the pictures the way you do on your blog. Is there a certain way to do it other than just coding? Or are you doing that with code? Please let me know. Thanks! Jordan

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      2. Hi Jordan! I don’t do anything special with my graphics. I just insert them normally. I guess my theme is probably different than yours. Right now I’m at work and can’t check your site out, but once I get home tonight I’ll take a look and maybe I’ll be able to help somehow! Check back later and I’ll post a comment! Cheers!

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      3. I looked at your website and I did see some graphics are left-aligned, some are centered, and some are right-aligned. Or at least it looked that way to me! I’m not sure why this would be. I’m not an expert by any means, but I guess I’d suggest clicking “edit” for the various posts and compare them to see why they’re different. I do all sorts of experiments with my blog, just to see what happens!

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