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The Mission Music Ministry booth at the San Agustín Fiesta (JSG)
The Mission Music Ministry booth at the San Agustín Fiesta (JSG)

One current use of paper flowers is to decorate food booths at public fairs and fiestas. The flowers not only make the booth look beautiful; they serve as a advertisement of Mexican cultural identity.

Locally made banderolas or cut paper flags at the 1992 San Agustín procession outside the Arizona Historical Society (JSG)
Locally made banderolas or cut paper flags at the 1992 San Agustín procession outside the Arizona Historical Society (JSG)

This is a very traditional use for banderolas -- to decorate the route of the religious procession.

A monstrance cover by Lupita Rubio (CV)
A monstrance cover by Lupita Rubio (CV)

A few women in Tucson use their skills and talents to serve the Catholic Church by creating and embellishing the various cloth items necessary for the celebration of Mass. Lupita Rubio is such a person; much of her work is used at the cathedral, where this delicate monstrance cover was photographed.

Fused glass image of the Virgin of Guadalupe (JSG)
Fused glass image of the Virgin of Guadalupe (JSG)

The community extends to include those community members who are temporarily or permanently separated from the rest. This fused glass image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was made by a man who learned his skills in prison. Other important prisoner art forms include tattooing (which is totally illegal) and drawing with pencil on paper or cloth.

David Tineo and an assistant working on a mural at the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1979 (JSG)
David Tineo and an assistant working on a mural at the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1979 (JSG)

Murals proclaiming Mexican cultural identity have been important locally for almost 20 years, and the El Rio murals are among the oldest remaining in town.

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