Foundation's goal in the area of Education, Arts and Culture is to
inspire as many individuals as possible to adopt Cesar as an
influential role model and to incorporate his values and principles in
their own lives for personal empowerment and success. |
was a man of the people and as such, his life story, work, and
principles, largely reside in the hearts and minds of the people who
stood and worked with him.To carry on his legacy for future
generations, the Foundation recognizes that it is imperative to record
and archive this compelling history and incorporate it into various
mediums that will best reach current and future generations.|
Foundation is currently engaged in a number of educational and
arts-related projects that reach a variety of audiences on a number of
different substantive levels.|
The Cesar E. Chavez Memorial and Visitor Center ,
in 2004 the Foundation successfully completed and opened the Cesar E.
Chavez Memorial and Visitor Center, the first of three facilities that
ultimately will comprise the National Chavez Center at Nuestra Senora
Reina de La Paz.The Chavez Memorial, surrounding Cesar's gravesite,
includes statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Francis of Assisi,
a march sculpture and a floor mosaic forming the UFW's Aztec-style
eagle.The Visitor Center includes a replica of Cesar's office and
library, a theater, a photo exhibit, a replica of housing from a
rundown farm labor camp and a gift shop.
The Cesar E. Chavez Retreat Center , the second phase of the
National Chavez Center, will offer students, educators, nonprofit and
community groups, businesses, and other interested organizations a
facility in which to withdraw for meditation, study, or instruction.The
retreat center, which will feature ancillary food and lodging
facilities, will also offer comprehensive instruction on Cesar's
philosophies on a variety of subjects, including leadership, community
organizing, nonviolent strategies for obtaining social justice,
service-learning, religion and spirituality, and nutrition and personal
The Cesar E. Chavez Museum and Library , the third phase of the
National Chavez Center, will allow visitors to experience firsthand
Cesar's home of 20 years, the office in which he worked, as well as his
personal papers and possessions.It will also house an event center,
bookstore, gift shop, and gallery.
The Cesar E. Chavez History Project , so much of what Cesar
taught us is carried inside us, not written down or recorded.The Chavez
History Project will address the pressing need to collect and preserve
primary source materials such as letters, speeches, pictures, and
videos.Such materials will be made available to the public through a
wide variety of channels, including the National Chavez Center,
traveling exhibits, and the worldwide web.
The Foundation Speakers Bureau , is one of the Foundation's most
popular programs.It gives individuals the opportunity to learn about
Cesar's life and work through personal remembrances, experiences,
anecdotes, and biographical information.Foundation speakers provide a
personal link to Cesar the man and leader.Our speakers are in high
demand and often travel throughout the nation speaking to schools,
professional groups and community organizations, particularly around
Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning.
The Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship , through a partnership with the
Hispanic Scholarship Fund the Foundation awards scholarships to college
students that display exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to
Commemorations , individuals and communities continue to enact
hundreds of commemorations in Cesar's honor every year, including the
renaming of schools, streets, libraries, and parks.Major examples of
commemorations across America include: Cesar E. Chavez Parkway in San
Diego, CA; Cesar E. Chavez School of Excellence in Racine, WI; Cesar E.
Chavez Bridge in Chicago, IL; Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building in
Denver, CO; and Cesar E. Chavez Park Branch Library in Phoenix, AZ.The
Foundation understands the importance of such initiatives, which ensure
that current and future generations will continue to learn about Cesar
and his vital contributions to our nation.
Educational Materials , the Foundation regularly serves as
consultants for the development of curricular resources, textbooks and
other educational materials.We have consulted with the State of
California on the Cesar Chavez Curriculum, and for books such as Apple
Seeds, Pride of the People, and more.
Arts Projects , are powerful ways to educate current and future
generations about Cesar's legacy.For that reason, we lend our expertise
to several arts-related projects, films, and plays including Cesar and Ruben and Let the Eagle Fly surrounding Cesar's life and work to add substance and historical accuracy in a way that no other organization can.
Over the next year the Foundation will focus on developing and
distributing two high-profile arts-related projects that have the
potential to impact large numbers of individuals and communities: the
Cesar E. Chavez Feature Film, and Cesar and Ruben, a musical by Ed Begley, Jr.
The Cesar E. Chavez Feature Film , to
ensure that all Americans can hear about the life, work, and values of
Cesar E. Chavez, the Foundation has been working with a major film
producer to make a movie about Cesar.We expect shooting of the movie to
begin next Spring, and are hopeful that the movie will be released two
years after that.
Cesar and Ruben, chronicles the life of civil rights leader
Cesar E. Chavez through music, visual images and a conversation with
award-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar, who frequently
wrote about Cesar.The performance mixes humor and drama, music and
dance, history and personal struggles to educate and inspire people of
all ages to carry on Cesar's legacy and timeless vision for a better,
more just world.
The mission of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation,
a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is to maximize
inherent human potential to improve communities by preserving,
promoting, and applying the legacy and universal values of civil rights
leader Cesar E. Chavez.
For more information about the
Foundation's programs in the area of Education, Arts and Culture,
please contact Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Programs Director, by E-mail at
Together, Si Se Puede.