‘Hecho en Colorado’ tells stories of people from this region

History Colorado, Latino Cultural Arts Center team up for revealing artworks

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The artwork featured in the Hecho en Colorado exhibit is a reflection of the artists, their community and their heritage.

“Most were born in Colorado, but not all of them,” said the exhibit’s curator, Adrianna Abarca. “But all call Colorado home.”

Hecho en Colorado — Spanish for Made in Colorado — is an art exhibit at the History Colorado Center that highlights the history, culture and heritage of the Chicano/a and Mexicano/a people of Colorado. It is presented in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) of Colorado in Denver.

“Until recently, these stories were sometimes excluded, denied or omitted,” said Abarca, who founded the LCAC and currently serves as its board’s chair. “These stories come from the people of this region. All these artists have a strong connection to community and created their art with community present in their minds.”

The exhibit boasts the artwork of about 40 artists representing different regions of Colorado and includes a variety of formats — paintings, sculptures, textiles, writings and more. The exhibit “depicts and draws from both urban and rural traditions” and reflects “both ancient and contemporary Indigenous and European heritages,” states a news release.

MORE: Meet three of the Hecho en Colorado artists

From zoot suits and high fashion, Frida Kahlo and Quetzalcoatl, to Casa Bonita and St. Cajetan’s Church, the collection is a vast array of artwork, “representational of our experiences, history, icons and culture,” Abarca said.

Along with demonstrating the contributions that Colorado’s Mexicanos/as and Chicanos/as have made to the community through history, Abarca was also inspired to honor the anniversary of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, which took place largely in the southwestern United States, primarily in the late 1960s and `70s.

“The Mexican/Chicano/Native people have been in this region from the very beginning of the modern history of Colorado. We have been an integral part of every aspect of Colorado’s history,” Abarca said. “And we continue to be major contributors in all industries, including the arts.”

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