La Cultura was a mural restored by Esteban Villa and his students. The original (1970) was painted on wooden panels and set outside of the library but was destroyed to create “library shelving,” according to Diaz.
The piece was institutionally sanctioned and created by and for Chicano/a students. It was made to be a gap between the MAYA (Mexican America Youth Association) and the MAEP (Mexican American Education Project) and the university. To be obstructed for such a demeaning reason contributes to the ongoing process of destroying a culture. Students contributed to it because they wanted to make others feel connected to the university and symbolically claim space in what would be their new home.
Painted by Esteban Villa and his students, 1978.