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Native American muralist offers a critical talk about Las Cruces projects

New Mexico State University's "Critical Conversations" speaker series about diversity continues with Native American artist Jaque Fragua. Fragua will discuss "The American Indian Occupation: Community Art and Murals as Reclaiming Space" at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Milton Hall Theatre.


Headshot of Jaque Fragua
New Mexico State University's "Critical Conversations" speaker series about diversity continues with Native American artist Jaque Fragua at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Milton Hall Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

"Jaque offers the perspective of a young man who is not in the formal throes of the academy, but who is informed, educated, and practicing his knowledge in a public way that informs communities," said Dulcinea Lara, a criminal justice assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. "Because he is a transformation agent, he fits right in with the other six speakers we've brought to NMSU."

Fragua, a native New Mexican from Jemez Pueblo, is currently working on two Las Cruces murals to promote community awareness of American Indian culture and history. During the presentation, Fragua will screen slides of his artwork and talk about the projects.

"He recently finished a mural in Tucson that offers a message in response to the banning of ethnic studies and the censorship of books written by people of color," Lara said.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

"I've gotten to spend some time with him this week and feel really lucky that we have his presence here in our community," Lara said. "His message is one of social justice and action and his delivery is one that is patient and full of love."

For more information contact Dulcinea Lara at 575-646-3316 or dulcinea@nmsu.edu.