During the 1960's an important component of El Movimiento Chicano was the involvement of artists in this socio-political movement. As artists began to actively participate in the efforts to redress the plight of Mexicans in the United States, there emerged a new iconography and symbolic language which not only articulated the movement but became the core of a Chicano cultural renaissance.
This renaissance in the arts was, in fact, the birth and flowering of a Chicano worldview or Chicano aesthetic and because of its close alliance with and commitment to social change and political activism, it is known today as the Chicano Art Movement. From the ranks of this movement came "artists, poets, and actors who collectively generated a cultural renaissance and whose work played a key role in creating the ideology of the Chicano movement."
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