Rumbo a California
Rumbo a California is a multimedia traveling exhibition that will explore the Mexican American experience in California as documented on commercial recordings going back to the early 1920s. Featured media will include 78 and 45 rpm discs, LP covers, photographs, posters, cinema lobby cards, guided audio, and bilingual transcriptions of topical corridos (narrative ballads) covering aspects of Mexican and Mexican American life throughout the state: immigration, deportation, pachuco culture, the United Farm Workers Movement, natural disasters, important historical figures, popular local artists, crime, politics, cultural identity, love, death, etc.
The basis for this exhibit is the Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, which we have been digitally preserving for many years in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the UCLA Library. At over 150,000 individual recordings on 78, 45 and 33-rpm discs, as well as rare cassettes and open-reel master tapes, the Frontera Collection is the world’s largest collection of commercially recorded regional Mexican music. Rumbo a California will travel to venues around the state beginning in January 2021.
We are in need of matching funds to get Rumbo a California out into the state’s rural and central communities. We’ll equip teachers and students with educational guides, and plan to organize public events with local musicians and leaders. Your gift will help people young and old connect with the songs and stories of Mexican Americans throughout the last century in California. Be part of the movement!
Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a California Humanities grant.
Help us get Rumbo a California on the road.