The project to install murals in Balmy Alley has been described, along with San Diego's Chicano Park and Los Angeles' Estrada Courts, as a leading example of Chicano mural environments giving expression to a history of displacement and marginalization traditionally experienced by Mexicans and Chicanos of the United States, and as a means to reclaim the spaces historically denied to them. The murals of Balmy Alley date to 1972, as work of the two-woman team of Patricia Rodriquez and Graciela Carillo known as Las Mujeres Muralistas. In 1984, Ray Patlan spearheaded a further project to install murals throughout the alley featuring the common theme of a celebration of indigenous Central American cultures and as protest of US intervention in Central America. This culminated in the addition of twenty-seven murals during the summer of 1985, funded in part by a grant of $2,500 from the Zellerbach Foundation. This art project proved influential, inspiring the La Lucha Continua Art Park/La Lucha Mural Park in New York City the following year.