Cosmic Car Show: A Benefit for Delano Grape Strikers Poster
The Delano Grape Strike (1965-1967) began when Filipino farm workers walked off the farms of area table-grape growers demanding the federal minimum wage. The National Farmworkers Association led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta joined the strike which spread to over 2,000 workers. The merging group became the United Farm Workers of America. Through grassroots efforts like boycotts, marches and non-violent resistance, the movement revealed to the nation, the plight of the nation's lowest paid workers.
Born in Detroit, Stanley Miller became known as "Mouse" after illustrating countless notebooks with his signature rodent sketch. Miller found an outlet for his creativity in pin-striping cars and airbrushing hot rod designs on posters and T-shirts. Mouse migrated to San Francisco in 1964, where he first met the artists associated with Family Dog, the organization producing dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. With collaborator Alton Kelley, Mouse experimented broadly with composition, lettering and imagery: Kelley came up with the ideas and Mouse executed the designs. Mouse and Kelley helped to establish the psychedelic style of expression under the name Mouse Studios.