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CU Boulder launches history, public art initiatives – Broomfield Enterprise

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A sculpture by University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Jasmine Baetz memorializing six people killed by car bombs during the Chicano civil rights movement has sparked conversation and change on campus.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano announced Friday the creation of the CU Boulder History Project, a new effort to deepen “understanding and collective recognition of underrepresented groups and their contributions to CU Boulder’s rich and complex history,” as well as a new Art in Public Space committee to explore adding permanent public art to the campus.

Under current university policy, art installations like “Los Seis de Boulder” can be on campus for up to 180 days — a rule that Baetz and others have sought to change.

“Having the sculpture on campus for the past few months has really caused quite a bit of dialogue and discussion about issues from underrepresented minority groups and how they’ve impacted the university over the years,” DiStefano said. “I thought it would be very beneficial to create the CU Boulder History Project, which will focus on the accomplishments and contributions of underrepresented minorities throughout the history of Colorado that have had an impact on the university.”

“Los Seis de Boulder” is a mosaic tribute to a six CU Boulder students and alumni — Reyes Martinez, Neva Romero, Una Jaakola, Florencio Granado, Heriberto Teran and Francisco Dougherty — who were killed by car bombs on May 27, 1974, and May 29, 1974, while student activists were occupying Temporary Building No. 1 on campus to protest the treatment of Mexican-American students.

According to CU Boulder student organization UMAS y MEXA, the student occupation was to protest poor leadership of the Educational Opportunity Program, a recruitment and retention program; cuts to that program and missed financial aid payments to students.

“Temporary Building 1 is a super important site of memory as it relates to this history and this trauma,” Baetz said. “The two bombing sites at Chautauqua and at 28th and Canyon are sites of memory that have sort of been erased by people not knowing.”

Baetz noted the hundreds of students and community members who worked to make “Los Seis de Boulder” a reality and are continuing to raise awareness of overlooked chapters of history.

“What we’re trying to do is have those spaces hold that memory with things that reflect this history and histories of Boulder that are not necessarily white,” she said.

Baetz was inspired to create the piece after she saw a documentary about the bombings and realized that an important part of CU Boulder history was unknown to many students.

“Los Seis de Boulder” was set to end its scheduled display on Feb. 8, but DiStefano granted a one month extension as the new groups start crafting policy on how to make public art a part of CU Boulder.

The CU Boulder History Project will include campus experts and stakeholders, according to the university, and the public art committee will include undergraduate and graduate student groups as well as academic and administrative leaders on campus.

Baetz’s work has had an important, positive impact on the campus, DiStefano said.

“This is what the university is all about — sharing information and talking about issues that have impacted the university over the years.”



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