SBCC’s Raíces program hosts artist's talk with Chicano mural painter, educator Manuel Unzueta
October 20, 2023

SBCC’s Raíces program hosts artist's talk with Chicano mural painter, educator Manuel Unzueta

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (October 20, 2023) —  The Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) student empowerment program ¡Raíces: First Year and Beyond! is hosting a talk with internationally acclaimed artist Manuel Unzueta on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. at the SBCC East Campus Center. 

Unzueta will discuss his career as a muralist, educator, and community activist by highlighting “Metamorphosis of Reality,” the mural painted at East Campus Center with SBCC students in 1976. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. outside the Campus Center near the mural. A talk with Unzueta will follow at 6:45 p.m. inside the Campus Center. 

According to his longtime friend and colega, Mark Alarado, “Unzueta is a Chicano muralist, and his work spans six decades to include masterpieces that live in La Casa de La Raza, along with other works at educational institutions throughout the South Coast, the Smithsonian Institute, Paris, Mexico City and El Paso, Texas.” 

Alvarado also shares that, “Unzueta spent the bulk of his career as an educator after earning his BA and MA from UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara). He’s well known for his lectures on the history of Mexican Art at UCSB and at SBCC. He also worked at SBCC as an EOPS advisor assisting students with their academic futures. He’s also an original founder of La Casa de La Raza and continues to support efforts to restore its place in the Santa Barbara Community.”

¡Raíces: First Year and Beyond! is a student empowerment program that strives to cultivate thriving scholars and advocates for our community. The program affirms Latine cultural identities, honors ancestral roots, and celebrates multilingual, multiracial and multigenerational heritage.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. 
SBCC East Campus, Campus Center 
Light refreshments will be served
Open parking on campus during the hours of the event
Event open to the public and media