2020 ACRL Arts Section and WGSS Program Planning Committees present: “Building bridges between libraries and marginalized arts groups: A closer look at engaging with women artists of Mexican ancestry to preserve their work.”


Analu Maria Lopez, Indigenous Studies Librarian, Newberry Library of Chicago

Dr. Nicole Marroquin, Associate Professor, Art Education Chicago School of Art- Art Institute

Diana Solis, Visual Artist and Art Educator, Changing Worlds Organization

Additional Speaker:

Dr. Hinda Seif, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Illinois, Springfield

Libraries and archives have historically ignored or underrepresented artistic contributions from artists of Mexican-descent in the United States. Women of color built a foundation for arts and activism on the lower west side of Chicago, yet their history remains largely unpreserved, unwritten, and therefore missing from libraries and archives. Archivists and librarians are now working directly with artists to ensure their work is preserved. Focusing on Chicago’s women artists of Mexican ancestry, the panel showcases the experiences from the perspective of a librarian, a professor, and an artist. Panelists will discuss challenges and triumphs from their perspectives, and provide resources for librarians and archivists who are interested in Chicago efforts and similar projects across the nation.

Originally presented Tuesday, August 11, 2021