La Ofrenda – A Latina Woman Centric Mural in Westlake

Sep 12, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Located in the shadow of Vista Hermosa Park, hidden in a Toluca underpass under the First Street Bridge is La Ofrenda–a mural designed and painted by Yreina Cervantes in 1989.

Depicting Delores Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, La Ofrenda, which means “offering,” is a homage and tribute to the strength of Latina Women.

Through the hardships of work, war, prejudice, ethnicity, family, and poverty, among other life’s trials and tribulations, women are the backbone of every Latin family, regardless of the size, scope, or shape of that family.

Today, Delores Huerta currently serves on the Board of Directors of Equality California. In 2009, she was awarded UCLA highest honor, the UCLA Medal, during the a UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony.

The mural was part of Yreina Cervantes’s submission for her Master’s of Fine Art Thesis from UCLA, and SPARC’s Neighborhood Project.

Besides the contributions of Ms. Cervantes in the creation of La Ofrenda, she received assistance from Claudia Escobedo, Erick Montenegro, Sonia Ramos, and Vladimir Morales. But, better than reading what I have to say about it, why not listen to the artist herself:

As they say, a picture often says a thousand words, in the case of Ms. Cervantes’ study and creation of a mural in honor of Delores Huerta and all Latina women, it is both.

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