Mural 140 “The Message is Music”

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Optic Permission Pending

Our original dream mural, painted by the youth of Las Vegas, had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but thanks to artist Zak Lujan, Ras Zakarias Tafari, and a grant from the Las Vegas, NM Community Foundation, it’s off to a beautiful start.

For details about the original plan, see below, but to enjoy the moment that the mural artist met the musician’s son, click here for the video, filmed in January 2021.

Since we could only fit one image on the Breezeway wall, we requested the Antonia Apodaca performance image there, and we still have the north facing wall to design, fund, and paint.  We would love to have a major event this summer celebrating completion, and so we will continue to accept donations. Join us in a community effort to honor Antonia Apodaca, commemorate the influence of music on our community, beautify this area, and CELEBRATE THE ARTS in Las Vegas.

Here is the original dream from 2016! antonia


A few local artists will mentor under-engaged youth who are also artistically inclined and join forces with the community to celebrate the modern history of music in Las Vegas. 

“This wall will be an homage to music itself and its effect on this community. It will acknowledge the fact that through music we connect with the world. We carry sound no matter where we are, simply through our heartbeat. From music to medicine we become healed and tuned. Music is sound and sound is vibration, just like the colors we use to paint that all carry our intentions.”   Ras Zacharias Tafari , Dora Chavarría, Mike Maíz, Project Coordinators

Beginning with Local Treasure Antonia Apodaca, recipient of the NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the mural will extend through current styles and into the future with a musically involved youngster who is already busy participating in the Parachute Factory, Luca Juarros, the son of artist/musician/DJ Aaron Juarros and Dr. Elizabeth Juarros.   Pedestrian traffic will admire the mural and experience our music culture as they enter Historic Bridge Street. The Breezeway is sheltered by the Las Vegas Arts Council on one side and Indigo Theatre on the other, both historic creative economy enterprises.

Click on the link below for all the original details.