The Scion iQ Project Museum is "a rich digital initiative created to preserve cultural movements, moments and musicians that are at risk of being lost. The first three online exhibits will feature rare artifacts from significant music moments; the LA Chicano punk scene, the Strata Records era and the early years of one of hip-hop's pioneers, Prince Paul."
"From March to November of 1980, in an unassuming upstairs hall of a community arts center in East Los Angeles [Self Help Graphics], a unique convergence of art, music and youthful energy formed the flashpoint for L.A.'s Chicano Punk scene. Redubbed a club called The Vex, the hall was a place where local Latino kids in bands like The Plugz, Los Illegals and Thee Undertakers crafted a distinct take on punk rock and new wave, imbuing their sounds and styles with a distinct twist on East L.A. identity."
On the webpages, there are photos and text of bands like The Plugz (pictured), The Adolescents and Mad Society, iconic personalities like El Vez and Willie Herr??n, and video interviews with Louie Perez of Los Lobos and Axxel of the Gears. It also documents the end of The Vex, when Black Flag fans laid waste to SHG's second floor ballroom.
Here's more from the website: "The L.A Chicano Punk exhibit uncovers some rare photographs, posters and stories from a scene that flourished in East Los Angeles in 1980ÔÇô a unique convergence of art, electrifying new music and youthful energy driven by young, politically aware Latinos. There had always been music in these working class Latino neighborhoods, but as the seventies drew to a close, the sounds of English punk and new wave had been drifting into the Eastside through late night radio shows, word of mouth and cherished hard to find records. And so, in garages and bedrooms in East L.A, Latino kids had started to cut their hair, find one another and form new bands."
There's more to the iQ Project Museum, including the Scion Awards Program where those who have contributed to the museum can apply for assistance to aid their specific economic needs, which could include medical care to equipment repair. Viewers can also support featured artists by purchasing products curated exclusively for the Museum. Throughout the site, users encounter certain items with a "buy" button, which links to a site where the particular artifact can be purchased.