Mozart Park mural pays tribute to Afro-Latino artists
When people now enter Mozart Park, they will see the faces of Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra and other pioneers of Latin music across the left wall.
- The portraits are part of a 160-foot-long mural the Hyde Square Task Force unveiled this past weekend.
What's happening: A group of three-dozen people, led by painter and Jamaica Plain resident Roberto Chao, created a mural in the Jamaica Plain park paying tribute to Afro-Latino artists.
- The mural, which was finalized last week, is a community-based art project, meaning both professional artists and locals with little to no art experience contributed.
Why it matters: The mural showcases the power of music across the African diaspora, from Afropop and jazz to salsa and merengue — and Boston's role in hosting legendary musicians.
- Some of the featured artists like Cruz and James Brown performed in Boston, while others like Guerra and Puerto Rican cuatro player Fabiola Mendez attended Berklee College of Music.
- Local musician and historian Jorge Arce is also featured.
What they're saying: "This mural is inclusive, not exclusive, and better yet, Afro," Chao told Axios in a recent Spanish-language interview.
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