Selma Mural Art is Rooted in Community
Revitalizing the Selma Community One Mural at a Time
Selma's Mural Walkway was spearheaded by Selma art educator, art enthusiast, and walnut farmer, Vicki Filgas. In the wake of the Great Recession, Selma's downtown turned into a ‘ghost town'. Vicki knew she had to do something and knew art would have a positive impact. She rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She partnered with local artists, the City of Selma, business owners, and other key stakeholders to lay the groundwork for Selma’s first mural, Selma Historical Mural on High Street. Although it took time from the first mural to the second, people in the community saw its value and wanted to get involved. The rest is history. In early 2019, Selma welcomed its sixth mural, The Tree of Life, located on the wall of Selma's Pet Clinic. These murals have breathed new life and activity into Selma's downtown. Thank you, Vicki, for your continued vision and leadership.
Making the Case
Mural Art Bringing Positive Change to Selma
Vicki Filgas in Action
Vicki discusses the benefits and positives art can bring to a community, example of before and after of La Boca Immigration City Scape.
Artist Ariel Bird Howe Connects with Selma's Youth
Children from Garfield Elementary School excitingly meet with Artist, Ariel Bird Howe, who painted the mural, Children Dream, dedicated to Selma's youth.
Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Report Laura Brown
Come Take A Walk: Vision, Beauty and Community
Selma’s Historical Mural | 2010
No Separations- The Lotus and the Dove | 2014
La Boca Immigration City Scape | 2015
Cho Family Mural | 2015
Children Dream | 2016
The Tree of Life - Respecting Endangered Species | 2019
Meet The Artists
The Central Valley's Talented Artists
Robert Amador is a painter based in Fresno, California. Raised by a mixture of decaying urban landscapes and the dusty valley vineyards as playgrounds, his first exposure to public art was the graffiti-covered, rainbow-like freight trains that would barrel through both worlds; it was a traveling art exhibition that anyone could enjoy! This inspired him to create his own graffiti art using terrible quality automotive rattler cans that would cover more of his hands than the surface he was attempting to decorate. That early love for graffiti mixed with his drawing obsession led to a lifelong love of art and an art journey that continues to this day. Amador has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and painted public art through out the state finding that gallery art belongs to few, while murals belong to everyone. Amador is currently teaching mural painting to incarcerated individuals in California and continues to paint in a very hot garage studio.
Xamples of his work can be found here:
"(artists) may not have a lot of money but we still have our paint brushes; giving us our voice."
Mauro Carrera is a Fresno based community-oriented muralist and arts educator. He is originally from Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico and immigrated to California at a young age settling in Fresno’s Calwa District. As a young boy he was inspired by Latino/Chicano themed murals and his talents came through with help from a local Chicano muralist and teacher. As a muralist and arts educator, he has been able to engage in this process known as ‘Public Practice’ where art works in combination with art education, community organizing and mural paintings. Mauro has been doing this work for eight years and has has developed over 15 pieces in the Central Valley primarily in low income communities but also across the United State in places like New York City and Philadelphia. He has also worked with youth doing educational workshops as well as helped prison inmates learn to paint gaining useful skills once released from prison.
Get to know Mr. Carrera and his work by visiting his instagram page: @muaro_carrera
Artist. Educator. Entrepreneur.
Mr. Carranza grew up in the rural Central Valley, the son of farm workers. His upbringing and the political issues of the time help shaped his point of view as an artist. He is immensely active and a visible leader in the art community in Fresno and beyond. He is also an entrepreneur creating spaces for the arts, social justice and community. His experience as an Art Director and his dedication to social justice has allowed him to work with a long roster of community based organizations and change makers around the U.S. With more than 15 years in art/design he co-founded two organizations, Dulce UpFront and Somos Fres.Co which is a collective co-working space for the community where people's artistic talents from art, drive for social movements, policy, entrepreneurship to spoken work can gather and make their dreams in 'reality'. For his efforts in Selma he helped to manage the team of artists for two of Selma's mural, La Boca and Cho Family Mural.
Ernesto R. Palomino
The Late FranCisco Vargas
Influential Muralist & Artist
Even if you did not know FranCisco personally you knew his art. It is painted throughout Fresno and other towns in the Central Valley. He is responsible for the many iconic murals, such as the stamp of Fresno and the downtown mural on Van Ness and Broadway.
FranCisco lost his battle to stage IV cancer in May of 2015 however his art, his passion and his love for the community live on.
Ezequiel Lee Orona
In The News
Murals Making Selma Proud
Support Future Projects Addressing Racial,
Social & Economic Inequities through Art
Selena R. Martinez
This website was created and is currently managed by Selena Martinez, originally from Selma, Ca. Selena was inspired by Selma's Mural Walkway in downtown and wanted to build upon the work of both Vicki Filgas and the city of Selma. Selena's vision was to take the mural idea to neglected parts of the community and address social justice and equity, in particular economic inequity. Selena drafted a thesis proposal as a part of her graduate studies in Public Administration at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She is now bringing it fruition, please visit The 559 Mural Project.
In the aftermath of the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain and all the countless others who lost their lives due to police brutality and institutionalized racism we are in solidarity with the #blacklivesmovement and all of our communities that have been and continue to be oppressed.