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1987 La Raza Group is formed at La Sociedad Mexicana de Artes Plasticas, in Mexico City , during exchange exhibitions and residencies between El Salvadorian artist Alberto Ceritos and Mexican artist Roberto Ferryra. La Raza responds to murals by Siquieros, Orozco, and Rivera and produce a mural and paintings for exhibition at (S.O.M.A.R.T.), cultural attaches from Delegation de Quebec and the Canadian Embassy attend. The exhibition is well attended and covered in the media.

1988 La Raza Group goes to Baddeck, Cape Breton to paint.

1988 La Raza produces and exhibits the "Art for Love and Freedom" exhibition at the Antidote Hair Salon in Montreal . This exhibition was produced around the "prisoner of conscience" theme and for Amnesty International and the National association of Japanese Canadians. La Raza is interviewed by Music Plus, the Montreal Gazette.

1989 La Raza Group is invited to exhibit at the Biennale du Dessin de l'Estampe du papier du Quebec in Montreal at Galerie Lavalin and in Alma, Quebec.

1989 la Raza Group participates in the "L'Ombre de Genie" exhibition with Association des Galeries d'Art Contemporain et La Fondation des Maladies Mentales, in Montreal, Quebec.

1989 La Raza Group produces "Sanctuaries" exhibition for the Samuel Lallouz Gallery, Montreal , Quebec .

1990 La Raza Group receives contract from the Holder Brothers, owners of "Le Swimming" pool hall in Montreal . La Raza produces 30 panels for pool hall and work with Prix de Rome winner Jacques Rousseau. Raza is interviewed by Music Plus, the Montreal Mirror, Voir and Art Post.

1990 La Raza Group exhibits "Sanctuary" series at the Ernst Brandt Galerie International Kunst in Koln , Germany during reunification ceremonies. Cultural attaché Roman Lichinsky from Canadian Embassy attends and opens exhibition.

1991 La Raza Group initiates the "Totem de Piedra" project by a series of exchanges between Quebec and Mexican artists. Jocelyn Belanger from Atelier de L'Ile in Val David, organizes touring exhibition of the "Totem de Piedra" folios across Mexico and Canada . Folios are bought by The National Gallery of Canada, Musee du Quebec, and Museo de la Estampe in Mexico City .

1991 La Raza Group exhibits "Patriarchy and the Goddess" exhibition at the Guinness Hop Store Gallery for Dublin 's European City of Culture Festival . Exhibition is curated by Peter Walsh and opened by Anne Yeats, daughter of famed Irish writer W.B. Yeats. Cultural attaché Paul Cleary from the Canadian embassy and Irish artist Robert Ballagh attend. Robert O'Driscoll (editor of The Celtic Consciousness,) performs a memorable segment of his action poem "Nato and the Warsaw Pact are one". The Montreal Gazette, The Globe and Mail, and the Irish Sunday Independent all write stories on the exhibition.

1991 "Patriarchy and the Goddess" exhibition tours and goes to the Kilkenny Arts festival and is exhibited in Quan's Morgue in Kilkenny, Ireland and later that year at the CNE for Discovery 91 in Toronto, Ontario.

1992 "Patriarchy and Goddess" goes to the Temiskaming Art Gallery in Haileybury , Ontario .

1992 La Raza Group attends the Leighton Artist Colony at The Banff Centre for the Arts to produce "Owe Canada Owe Quebec" exhibition.

1994 "Urban Realities" exhibition is produced and exhibited at the Swords into Ploughshares Peace Center & Gallery in Detroit , Michigan.

1995 La Raza Group paints in Fitch Bay in the Eastern Townships.

1995 La Raza Group meet Chris Marks and former RCA President Bruce LeDain and are invited to paint at Sally's Pond in Knowlton , Quebec . Scott MacLeod returns often to paint out of doors.

1996 La Raza Group paints in Baddeck, Cape Breton .

1996 Denis Coupal writes article on Sally's Pond Painters for Magazine d'Art.

1996 La Raza Group produces "The Starving Student Cookbook and Calendar". Book is used to bring awareness to local food banks. The project is a success and sold at Chapters bookstores in Quebec and Ontario . They are interviewed in the Montreal Gazette and CJAD radio Station. This is the last project for La Raza until 2003.

1997 Caprani, Pedros and MacLeod pursue solo careers.

2003 La Raza Group returns to do community work with a group of London doctors who formed the Honduran Medical Aid Project. They donate all the proceeds of their artwork from an exhibition at the Jens Thielsen Gallery to raise funds for the Honduran Medical Relief Project. Monies gathered from exhibition helps build a hospital in the Honduras .

2005 La Raza group attends the Pouch Cove Foundation art residency program in Newfoundland . They produce artwork for their exhibition People and Place of Newfoundland, which is exhibited at the James Baird Gallery, St-John's, Newfoundland . Proceeds of their collective mural are given to the Janeway Foundation (a children's hospital in St-John's). La Raza are interviewed by Angela Antle for CBC. Their exhibition is reviewed in The Independent and The Express.

2005 La Raza Group go to Mexico City to visit people and site from their 1988 trip. Then attend the 4 th International Conference in Public Art & Muralism, Tlaxcala , Mexico 2005.

2005 La Raza Group are involved in the Veteran's Project which is a series of painted portraits of Veteran's for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, London Ontario , Canada .