About This Project
Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) master muralists, Esteban Villa, Stan Padilla and Juanishi Orosco are set to complete a major mural-inspired installation that will hang inside the Golden 1 Center, in downtown Sacramento, California. Artists, activists, and educators in their local communities, each artist has worked on behalf of the their community, their heritage, and on behalf of the underrepresented chicano communities of Sacramento and California throughout.
The RCAF's historical work and contributions to the California Chicano community through art, poetry, music and social activism are being honored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC). The commission has approved the direct selection of this project 40 years after it commissioned another mural titled “Metamorphosis” in downtown Sacramento, completed in 1977 by Villa, Padilla, Orosco and the RCAF. The idea came from Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, who wanted to acknowledge the RCAF's profound legacy. Serna, the son of the late Joe Serna, Jr.- a member of the RCAF and Sacramento's first Latino major- also contributed the funding to make the project possible. The new mural, titled Flight, tells the story of humankind's evolution through the generations on our way from Quetzalcoatl to El Sexto Sol, The Sixth Sun. Assisting the muralists on this project are several sons, daughters, and grandchildren.
The unveiling of the completed mural will be at the Golden 1 Center during the halftime show of the Sacramento Kings NBA game on Latin Night, Thursday March 1, 2018.