Ruby Chacon

Chacón is the Co Founder and Board member of Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA). She (along with Terry Hurst) co founded the non-profit in 2003 and opened in an under represented neighborhood, alongside with Mestizo coffeehouse, in 2008. She worked with Mestizo Arts and Activism (a youth participatory action collective in partnership with the University of Utah and MICA) where diverse high school youth researched social issues and created art projects out of the research.  
 
She has created numerous murals, which includes the UTA traxline to the Salt Lake City international airport where she conducted 500+ surveys and translated them into a design. Most her mural projects include working with apprentices through a community engagement process, as well as extensive research to create designs that promote a sense of community and belonging. Chacón’s work has taken her all over the world. She was an invited artist through the Rotary Club to go to India where she met and engaged with other Indian artists. The University of Utah invited her to Miramar, Thailand where she co created and facilitated a mural in a migrant school for Burmese refugee students. She went to Tangier, Morocco for a mural project where she learned about and paralleled Indigenous Berber with Indigenous Americas.  She has been awarded numerous artist residencies to facilitate mural projects. The artist residencies included travelling to American Indian reservations where she facilitated murals with Navajo students, Ute students, and neighboring rural Caucasian students.  
 
She has been the subject of many documentaries, presented her work in many public forums as a keynote speaker, commencement speaker, and participated as a panel presenter. She has served on numerous boards such as: Salt Lake City Public Library, University Neighborhood Partnership, Neighborworks SL, and many others. Her work has been published in books, magazines, calendars, as well as covers for academic books including: “Triumphs of our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American art,” “Utah’s 15 Most Influential Artists,” “Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class”, Delta Sky magazine, Roxbury calendar for “Chicano Art”, etc. Her numerous awards include: Governors Mansion Award for visual arts, Mayors Award for Visual Arts, Humanitarian Award as well as Distinguished Alumni through the Salt Lake Community College, and most recently was named Utah’s 15 most influential artists of Utah, to name a few.  Currently, she is creating silkscreens under the mentorship and guidance of Malaquias Montoya at Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanacer (TANA) in Woodland, CA. A resident to Sacramento, California, she hopes to continue her goals as an artist by bringing a sense of belonging in art through identity, culture and voice. In doing so, she hopes to heal, empower, and inspire creativity and action. 

Ruby Chacon
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