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Poetic Justice / Justicia Poética, The Art of Juana Alicia

Poetic Justice / Justicia Poética, The Art of Juana Alicia

Media contact: Sally Douglas Arce

Poetic Justice / Justicia Poética
Art Exhibit Celebrates the Expansion of
The Center for Latino 
Policy Research at UC Berkeley


Feb. 27, 2017 through April 6, 2017

Berkeley, January 23, 2017 – Marking the grand opening of the expanded Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center presents an art exhibit by renowned muralist and fine artist Juana Alicia from Monday, Feb. 27th through Thursday, March 30th. CLPR, now entering its 28th year, has expanded and now has a new space for the integration of the arts, interdisciplinary research, and policy. The Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética exhibit will feature more than 14 of Juana Alicia’s prints, paintings, and sculpture – a mix of new pieces never exhibited and earlier art works.


“We are honored that Juana Alicia’s work will be featured at the opening of our brand-new and enlarged Center for Latino Policy Research,” says Professor Patricia Baquedano-López, CLPR chair. “Her work and her life trajectory express both witnessing and testimonio (testimony) of our communities’ struggles and forward movement.”


With Latino communities experiencing disenfranchisement and fears of deportation, the Center has created a unique place to foster innovation and creativity, and to synergistically advance knowledge that elevates Latino cultural, social, and political power. For the opening series of events in 2017, the center has turned to Latino artists, cultural visionaries and intermediaries. The goal is to foster conversations that bolster enthusiasm and energy through both reflection and action.


The Poetic Justice opening reception takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at CLPR, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley and is part of a month-long Open House titled Arts in Our Community: Latinx Visions for Social Justice.


Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética Art Exhibition Hours

2547 Channing Way (between Telegraph Ave. and Haste), Berkeley

Feb. 27 through March 30

Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


“I am proud to be part of the inauguration of the Center for Latino Policy Research in Berkeley,” says Juana Alicia. “This is an auspicious debut especially given the fact that by 2020, experts believe that Latinos in California will be the majority population. My art inspires people to connect with their individual struggles and work collectively to address their challenges.”

In addition to the Friday, March 3 opening reception, these events are part of the CLPR Open House:


  • Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. – Radical Poster Making for Collective Liberation: A Hands On Workshop with Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde




  • Friday, March 10 at 4 p.m. – Poetic Justice/Justicia Poética: A Presentation and Conversation with Juana Alicia• Berkeley Leadership: A Reception for Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, 5PM, at the Center for Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way
  • Thursday, March 23 at 5 p.m. – Telling Our Stories, a talk and film screening with Ray Telles


Admission to the exhibition and to all events is at no cost.  Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the general public are encouraged to visit and connect with CLPR’s vibrant new center for intellectual and cultural work that focuses upon issues central to the Latino community.


About Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR)

The Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) was founded in 1989 in response to the challenges of limited educational, political, and economic opportunities facing the Latino/Chicano population. The Center’s mission is to produce research and policy that can leverage the complexity of the Latino experience in the United States and to shed light on the myriad factors that affect the distribution of material, social, and political opportunities. Not only are Latinos the nation’s largest minority group, but any study involving Latino experience requires an intersectional approach which takes into consideration issues of race/phenotype, gender, class, age, sexuality, national origin, and language use. CLPR accomplishes its mission through its staffs’ ongoing commitment to community-engaged research projects that work to inform local, state, national, and international policies that affect Latinos.


The staffs’ vision for the Center includes fostering community participation in the research process, redefining how the university relates to the community, and also ensuring that the Center’s research products are relevant to and reach those most directly affected. CLPR has recently expanded its programming to include the arts, media, and the humanities with the goal of becoming a true hub of intellectual and artistic life at U.C. Berkeley and the surrounding community. The center staff is excited to welcome visitors to their new and remodeled offices at the Shorb House.

More about

Center for Latino Policy Research
For 28 years, the Center for Latino Policy and Research (CLPR) at UC Berkeley has played a central role in advancing knowledge about the demographic changes within California and the patterns of inequality Latinos face across the country.

CLPR scholars engage in collaborative work with a broad non-profit, governmental, and private institutions to produce research and policy recommendations that can illuminate the Latino experience and shed light on the myriad factors that affect the distribution of material, social, and political opportunities. CLPR is committed to community-engaged research projects that inform local, state, national and international policies that affect Latinos.

In 2014, CLPR began work on the Latinos and Technology research initiative. The research, which is ongoing, defines the best ways to bridge dialogue between university scholars, community members, and tech industry representatives in order to help shape policies to increase the number of Latinas/os in the tech industry. In 2011, CLPR and Mission Economic Development Agency in San Francisco’s Mission District established the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) partnership. Together, they developed innovative strategies to improve the outcomes of school children in the Mission District. CLPR completed a comprehensive needs assessment of the Mission neighborhood and the MPN target school population.

More about Juana Alicia and Poetic Justice / Justicia Poética

To celebrate the opening of their new and enlarged center, the Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) is pleased to present the artwork of Juana Alicia. Poetic Justice is on display Feb. 27 through March 30, Mon. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA. “As we began expanding the scope of CLPR to integrate the arts, media, and humanities, Juana Alicia’s work immediately came to mind,” says Professor Patricia Baquedano-López, CLPR chair. “The content of Juana Alicia’s art is deeply human and it makes us become witnesses of the precarious of life and indignities faced by Latinos. Her art opens doors to possibilities of new forms of social justice. We want those attending the exhibition to feel empowered and moved to action.”


Juana Alicia Biography

For four decades, Juana Alicia has been creating murals and teaching. Her sculptural and painted public works can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania, and in many parts of California. Her work is associated with the greatest artistic and political achievements of the Chicano movement. She has a large body of public work in San Francisco. She founded and has directed the Public Art Program at Berkeley City College, and its True Colors Mural Project, which has created ten public murals in the Bay Area.

Juana Alicia is illustrating the forthcoming book in Spanish titled “La X’tabay” by Tirso Araiza. The book, a traditional folk tale told in the style of magical realism, will be translated into English and Yucatec Maya. Some of this book’s illustrations are featured in the Justicia Poética exhibition. Juana Alicia’s works are in many media, including traditional acrylic murals, true fresco, mosaic tile, and ceramic relief sculptural murals. She is also an accomplished printmaker and studio painter. Her prolific public commissions include SANARTE at U.C.S.F. Medical Center, SANTUARIO at the San Francisco International Airport, LA LLORONA’S SACRED WATERS at 24th and York Streets in the Mission District of San Francisco, GEMELOS at the Metropolitan Technical University in Mérida, Mexico (with Tirso Araiza), and a suite of murals for Stanford University’s Centro Chicano, entitled THE SPIRAL WORD. She is recognized for the power of her style and content. For more information, please see

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