Holiday Heroes 2018
Holiday Heroes 2018, held on December 4 at AT&T Park, brought fun to 400 low-income kids, including a pop-up mural painting event led by Precita Eyes' board president Deirdre Weinberg and assisted by youth artist Xavier Bess.
Restoring Cherished Murals Keeps These Community Stories Vibrantly Alive
Precita Eyes painstakingly revives two iconic San Francisco murals.
The Ping Yuen mural (above) at the housing project of the same name depicts the contributions, hopes and memories of SF's Chinatown. Painted in 1999 by Darryl Mar, who joined the restoration team, the mural at Stockton and Pacific is dedicated to "the memory of Sing Kan Mah and all those who have struggled to make America their home."
Bulgarian Artist on Treasure Island Seeks to Bring "Precita Eyes Muralists-style" Murals Back Home
According to muralist Oleg Gotchev, a visiting Fulbright scholar, "Socially-oriented murals are uncharted territory in Bulgarian mural art. The kind of murals you see in San Francisco, the kind that present the problems of society and diverse social groups, don't really exist in my country." Read more here.
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.)
Murals We Have Loved and Lost
Twenty years ago in the Mission, the Lilli Ann mural disappeared overnight to a developer's zeal. Public outcry and a landmark legal decision brought partial redress. But the cycle of mural erasure and community resistance continues today.
Nicknamed "Lilli Ann" for the garment factory it adorned, "Chuy" Campusano's exuberant four-story mural defined the corner of Treat Ave. and 17th Street for 14 years. But on July 25, 1998, it was erased overnight when the building's new owners whitewashed it. Under the Visual Artists' Rights Act, the artist's family later won a precedent-setting settlement.
Murals By Students Around the Bay
From Daly City, Oakland and the Mission, young people's visions of tradition and challenge, the underwater world, and the future of technology, here.
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