If you want to see murals in Kansas City perhaps the first place to visit is Avienda Cesar E. Chavez. Across the street from the Guadelupe Center, a mural dedicated to the avenues namesake, wraps around a staircase. Brightly colored and finely detailed, it beckons one to ascend the steps into Gage Park which lies beyond and find a new world.
But go west, young man. Go West. At the western-most end of the avenue lies a block of murals dedicated to Meso-American cultures. Created in 1985, the murals—despite some fading and chipping—are still rich reminders of these cultures as well as the culture of great community art and mural making that still thrives in Kansas City, Kansas. The murals were created by a group of artists led by Lee Ann Perez, Javier Perez, and Clemente Raya Sr.
|Mayan Warrior, Bonampak, 800 AD|
|The Life of the Mixtec King Eight Deer Tiger Claw|