An Arizona local artist created an inspirational mural dedicated to Dreamers that was unveiled on Sunday.
Lucinda Hinojos, who also goes by “La Morena,” is the talented artist behind the mural. Hinojos teamed up with Promise Arizona, an organization that promotes the power of the Latino community in Arizona. Hinojos painted the mural in the heart of south Phoenix at 3812 S. Central Ave.
According to Hinojos, the Painting is about a young migrant girl who is working in the fields picking corn when she came across a cage full of butterflies and two doves. She releases the doves which symbolize peace and the butterflies that represent the Dreamers.
“We are one spirit being and we need to support each other no matter what color we are, and my voice is through the mural and the work that I do,” Hinojos said.
Hinojos said her inspiration came from the Dreamers themselves. Dreamers are young adults who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA recipients who were brought to the U.S. as a child are currently protected from deportation.
“These Dreamers are my friends, my art peers, classmates, neighbors, and people that live in our community, so I felt that there is a lot of negative politics on the news and Dreamers are stressed out and it’s fearful and it’s really hard to deal with,” Hinojos said.
Hinojo has seen how uncertain some friends are about their future in the United States as DACA recipients. She hopes that this mural can help remind Dreamers that they are not alone and that they continue to strive forward.
“This mural is to bring inspiration, motivation and hope that we have their back and we are here to fight for them and we are going to do what we have to do, so hang in there,” Hinojos said.
Hinojo had a lot of support throughout the two months it took for her to paint the mural and that support included Senator Catherine Miranda who has been following Hinojos journey.
“Her story just captured my heart and now I’m following her so my doors are open for her anytime,” Miranda said.
Miranda couldn’t agree more on the location that the mural was painted and believes that people in the community can see the message as a sign of hope and freedom.
“I’m from south Phoenix, she put it in the heart of south Phoenix, it’s in our immigrant community and around our DACA students, we all live here and to look at this message, is to give them hope,” Miranda said. “It’s a hope of freedom it’s a hope to end the injustices that are going on, and I think what she is doing is pretty powerful.”