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Museo Eduardo Carrillo

Organization Mission

Museo Eduardo Carrillo insures the artist’s work and pioneering legacy are made available for enjoyment and understanding of his contribution to American art history.

We support under-seen artists through online exhibitions with a special focus on Chicano/a/ Latinx artists. Our free educational resources based on curated Latinx art assists teachers and next-generation appreciators to connect with the art through the writing of personal narratives.

The Big Idea 2022:
Local Legendary Chicano/a Artists Inspire Teen Writing

The Califas Legacy Project is focused on five influential Monterey Bay region Chicano/a artists: Eduardo Carrillo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Ralph D’Oliveira, Yermo Aranda and Carmen Leon.

We aim to break down stereotypes of who makes art and who it impacts, because a healthy community relies on initiatives that focus on equity, inclusion, diversity and able-ness.

A full-color book featuring the artists’ work and local teen narrative writing was produced in a very limited edition. With your support, we would reprint the book to give 3-4 free copies plus our award-winning curriculum guide to all 70 middle and high school (for libraries and instructors) in Santa Cruz County — 22,500 students are enrolled.

The curriculum was recognized with a California Superintendent of Education award in 2018.

Califas has been a profoundly important project to bring our regional artists into the light of visibility in a time when our Latinx communities have grown in presence and value. The cultural contributions that Latinx artists have made to the development of California is historic and long unseen by the larger public.


Amalia Mesa-Bains