Fight to Stay

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios - 2021

1910 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60608


Open to the public: October 16th & 17th / 12-8pm

* Mural in Progress both days.

Artists: Hector Duarte, Nicole Marroquin, Gabriel Villa

Saturday, October 16th, 2-3pm
* Mariachi Mexico Vivo Performance


All artists involved are long-time Pilsen residents and full-time professional artists. Hector Duarte is one of the founders of Pilsen Open Studios.

“Fight to Stay” is a mural and public art project taking place at the Pilsen Housing Cooperative. It examines notions of home and community, the violence of gentrification and displacement, and the power of community cooperation, creativity, culture and collective resistance.


Hector Duarte is a master muralist, painting walls in Chicago and Mexico for 40+ years. His works adorn libraries, schools, the lakefront and a CTA stop. 

Nicole Marroquin is an artist educator who explores spatial justice, belonging, and Chicago’s Latinx history through projects that decenter dominant narratives to address displacement and erasure.

Gabriel Villa is an award-winning studio and public artist born and raised in the El Paso, Texas, border region. Villa’s work is a fusion of his Mexican American experience and observations from Chicago’s South Side.

The Pilsen Housing Cooperative (“PIHCO”) is a housing co-op and anti-displacement effort started by Latino artists and community residents in response to gentrification. The Co-op building was purchased in 2020 and is now collectively owned by six longtime Pilsen families. This permanently affordable ownership housing is a concrete manifestation of people’s love for Pilsen and resistance to displacement. It is structured around mutual support, cooperation, community and the common good.

Help us purchase our 2nd Building! Donate to PIHCO: 

Mariachi Mexico Vivo is led by Enrique Leon, whose family was among the first residents of the Pilsen Housing Cooperative. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Thank you to the citizens of Chicago and DCASE for the support!