Mural at Robert E. Lee High School

June 1, 1995 – September 10, 1995

One of the city’s largest outdoor murals, this 26 X 96 foot painting, entitled Viva la Vida : An Ofrenda for the People of El Salvador / A Prayer for the Union of the Americas, was created in the summer of 1995 by lead artist Mercedes Fernandez, with contributions by students from Lee High School, Elkins High School, Klein Forrest High School, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and North High School, Boston. Project Outreach coordinator: Candy Torres. It was a community project in conjunction with the exhibition Art Under Duress: El Salvador 1980 – Present. Funded in part by Neighborhood Arts Pilot Program grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston\Harris County with support from Monarch Paint Inc. and the Mayor’s Office of Anti-Gang Activity, Alison Rentals, and Ann W. Harithas. Reception for the artists, September 10, 1995. Dedication for the High School, September 23, 1995.

6529 Beverly Hill, Houston