Precita Eyes Store, Classes/Workshops & Tours closed until further notice. Stay tuned for more information. Please stay safe & healthy!
Saturday was Community Paint Day for the new mural at the Precita Eyes studio at 348 Precita (and adjacent houses).
Great weather and enthusiastic (but masked and socially distanced) volunteers, including neighbors and old friends. Susan Cervantes, founding director, manned the registration desk and kept everything moving smoothly, aided by board members Deirdre Weinberg, Henry Sultan, Marisa Mariscotti, Luz Cervantes and Ernesto Guaman. In the photo, first time painter Estanfany explains her hybrid butterfly as a symbol of migration and inclusion. Lots of work completed; lots more still to do.
Check out photos from our 24th annual Youth Urban Arts Festival, held online July 18-19 with live-streamed workshops, art activities and pre-recorded segments of spoken word and music. Special shout out to musician Cio Castaneda who not only organized the event, but also MC'd it.
OUR MURALS ARE ALL AROUND YOU.
Visit them. Bask in their inspired visions.
"¡Sí Se Puede!" (1995), Cesar Chavez Elementary School at 23rd St. and Folsom
A friendly greeting shouted from a porch, a phone call, picking up groceries for a neighbor — simple gestures can alleviate the dread and sadness of the pandemic that surrounds us and break through isolation. In these difficult times, every connection strengthens our resilience.
Precita Eyes Muralists has worked for more than four decades to uplift culture and community through collective art-making led by local artists.
In March, Precita Eyes closed its store and art in response to the public health emergency. This closure will extend through the end of May. We've had to temporarily postpone or cancel new projects and our permanent programs. Our Urban Youth Arts workshops and children's art classes have been suspended. Our work in schools is on hold. Our celebrated walking tours are on pause.
These cancellations have left our collaborating and teaching artists without a source of income.
While we've been busy adapting. planning and applying for all forms of relief available to us, we also need to turn to you, our friends and community. We ask you to take a moment to revisit these iconic 24th Street murals, then support our work by aiding the hands that help the walls to speak.
Be safe and take care of one another,
—Susan Cervantes (founder/director) and the Precita Eyes Team
Culture of the Crossroads" (1998), 24th St. at Mission
WORK IN PROGRESS…
While Sheltering in Place
Elementary school students and their Precita Eyes mentors are working at a distance on new murals at Majorie Tobias in Daly City and Longfellow Elementary and Bessie Carmichael in San Francisco. Check out our new "Work-in-Progress" page.
• The murals at Garfield Pool at 25th St and Harrison are being restored, and a new mural is being designed by Precita Eyes team.
• For a glimpse into the artist/ethical challenges faced by restoration specialist Yano Rivera, visit MuralDoc.
• Precita Eyes was one of 65 arts organizations awarded an emergency grant from the SF Arts and Artists Relief Fund.
• On Facebook, the Precita Eyes community exchanges resources for emergency food, financial assistance, legal aid and relief funds.
Muralists to the rescue at 24th and Folsom
TRANSFORMATION OF A TRASH BIN
Precita Eyes Muralists, in Your Own Words
Listen to what people are saying about Precita Eyes, and take a tour of the Mission's mural-making community.
Thanks to muralists Juana Alicia and Meera Desai, youth artist and Precita collaborator Xavier Bess, Calle 24 cultural district organizer Erick Arguello, and friends at the California Historical Society Murales Rebeldes community day and the Cesar Chavez Day parade, April 2018. (Music by Manuel Obregón.)
LOVE MURAL ARTS?
BECOME A MEMBER OF PRECITA EYES!
Our members are essential to the work we do beautifying the environment, empowering communities, and preserving cultural legacies.
• Individual ($60): Get a 10% discount on classes and workshops, and a 15% discount on store merchandise.
• Family ($100): Get a 20% discount on classes and workshops, and a 15% discount on store purchases.
• Contributor ($150): Get a 25% discount on classes and workshops, a 20% discount on store merchandise, plus two free mural tour tickets.
Precita Eyes Muralists is sponsored in part by a grant from SF Grants for the Arts