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SGV 023: Could teens design a better El Monte city seal?

Chris Greenspon October 21, 2022 206 5


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SGV 023: Could teens design a better El Monte city seal?
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On the Season 2 finale of SGV Weekly, we dive into “A People’s Seal of El Monte.” This gave students and residents in Monte the chance to design their own seal, “not for the city, but for all those who identify with the region and are inspired by El Monte’s history,” according to project organizers SEMAP. The group has been a consistent voice against celebrating El Monte’s pioneer narrative for some time.

“A People’s Seal of El Monte” by Daniel Gonzalez

Could it inspire people to make their own community based artworks? To answer that, we went to Alfred Mendoza’s ethnic studies class at Mountain View High School to see what his students would put in an El Monte Seal. These students spend just a few weeks out of one semester of ethnic studies reading SEMAP’s history book, East of East

With help from printmaker Daniel Gonzalez, we use this artwork as a jumping off point to talk about how people of color could reshape El Monte’s future.

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Chris Greenspon

Radio journalist from La Puente, CA ... SGV Reporter for Streetsblog ... Past lives in LA news radio

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