Internationally-acclaimed artist Ignacio Aranda Gomez studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He’s enjoyed tremendous success as a muralist, sculptor and designer, creating powerful art that celebrates his Latino heritage.

While in school he participated in a 1969 project which featured stunning work by Art Center students in a New York Times advertising supplement about The Salvation Army.

The supplement was recently unearthed when my 90 year-old colleague and car-pooling buddy (I did the driving!) retired and we took a look at all the treasures she’d been saving in her desk.

::  Other work from the New York Times ad supplement has appeared on this blog in recent Friday features. Click here if you’d like to see more.

Artwork by Ignacio Aranda Gomez, printed in the New York Times, November 2, 1969

Artwork by Ignacio Aranda Gomez, printed in the New York Times, November 2, 1969

This beautiful image is of a man free of prison walls but actively pursuing the freedom which comes from being loved, having a job and self-esteem, and contributing to society.

Here’s what the copy says:

“Being paroled from prison doesn’t give a man his freedom, except from prison walls. He’s free only when he has a job. And his self-esteem.

The Salvationists of the Men’s Correctional Service work with the parolee to gain his freedom. They counsel him so he can get a job and get started as a contributing member of society. And they teach him faith in God, that he might have faith in himself to make it in the “straight” world.”

Thank you Ignacio for this wonderful piece of history! We’re thrilled to find this in our files and share it with our friends in The Salvation Army.

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