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The Mexican Museum and Millennium Partners Commission Precita Eyes Muralists for Mural Design at New Millennium Tower / Museum Construction Site

 

ommunity-Oriented Process to Drive Design for Barricade Fence Mural

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 2, 2014 – The Mexican Museum, announces that the Museum, in conjunction with Millennium Partners, is working with Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc. to conduct a community-oriented design process that will result in a mural that will grace the barricade fence at the 706 Mission St. construction site.

This will be the new home of The Mexican Museum and Millennium Partners’ Residential Tower in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District. The Mexican Museum is the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American and Latino art, culture and heritage.

 

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Pasta Pomodoro


Invite Your Friends and Family

to Dine with Us on

September 18th, 2014


PASTA POMODORO
WILL DONATE 20% OF YOUR BILL TO
IT’S OUR WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!

*Prior to ordering, please present this flyer to your server. We require one flyer per table. Upon completion of the Pasta
Partnership, we will send a cash donation to your Charitable (501c or non-profit) Organization representing 20% of all qualified
guest receipts received during the Partnership period. A guest receipt is defined as the restaurant receipt excluding tax and gratuity
(i.e. subtotal). Due to the nature of the Pasta Partnership, no additional discount(s) can be applied or allowed during the visit.
Click small flyer above, print pdf and bring into restaurant.


PASTA POMODORO | NOE VALLEY
4000 24th Street | San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 920-9904
www.pastapomodoro.com
Thursday, September 18th
All Day
Dine In & To-Go

PRECITA EYES
MURALISTS ASSOCIATION

 

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Balmy Alley
Special Summer Tour
:

The Balmy Alley Experience



Thursday, September 4, 1 PM

Be one of the first to participate in a special new tour, “The Balmy Alley Experience!” Meet your guide at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street, near Harrison Street at 1pm. This summer-only tour highlights the Balmy Alley mural environment as interpreted by artist/muralist Henry D. Sultan. The mural walk takes approximately 30 minutes.

*General Admission - $15/person ($12/person for San Francisco residents)


*Seniors age 65 and over - $10/each


*College students w/ID - $10/each


*Youth age 12 - 17 years - $6/each


*Children under 12 - $3/each



All tickets, including discounts for seniors, students, children and
youth available at the door on the day of the tour.

General admission tickets only are available ONLINE for advance
purchase.

 

BUY TICKETS NOW


Other cultural and historic walking tours along the Mission Street and 24th Street corridors in the Mission District:

• Every weekend, Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center offers several different guided mural walks. Each walk features different murals, and muralists conduct all of our tours.

• Private tours, group tours, bicycle tours, bus tours, and other customized mural tours available by appointment for any day of the week.

• School field trip tours for all ages, from pre-K through college to elder hostel are also available by appointment.

For more information contact Patricia Rose at:
tours@precitaeyes.org

(415) 285-2287



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Mural Mural On The Wall

   
     
     

STORM
By Thunder Storm
7/21/14 9:07 AM

 

Whether they be political messages, outpourings of talent or graffiti, murals add colour to a space, and paint a vocabulary that speaks of non-conformism and attitude in San Francisco. The walls are canvases in a constant state of flux depending on which artists have got their brushes or spray cans out, making their point about life in California’s most densely populated city. By Aruna Srinivasan

 

On the day that I explored the city, I found a mural near the junction of Folsom and 10th streets, which portrayed a young girl with her expressions of love. A pair of giant eyeballs stared at me from a wall on Market Street in the financial district, while a Mughal palace was perched imperiously on the walls of the top floor of that building. Elsewhere, graffiti on a collage of news clips pointed out this random statistic: “By the time you finish reading this, five out of 10 people bought something they did not need.”

Not sure if I bought that last piece of advice, since some murals are used to express personal views, while others become platforms for social concerns. While they can be found across the city, Mission District seems to be the mecca for muralists, and is also a tourist draw.

 

Susan Cervantes, founder of Precita Eyes Muralists Association (www.precitaeyes.org), an inner city, community-based organisation of muralists in San Francisco, traces it back to the early ’70s when the phenomenon started as a result of the civil rights movement, with Latinos in the neighbourhood rediscovering their indigenous and mural heritage. The results have changed the drab environment with colour and reflection of the cultural diversity in the area. “It has since spread to all regions, nationally and internationally,” she explains.

For Morgan Bricca, another mural artist who mostly does commissioned works, the reason also lies in San Francisco’s liberal image: “The murals capture the plurality of voices, experiences and opinions of the artists that create them.” Morgan also thinks that many of the public murals in San Francisco are political in nature. “I think this is typical for murals from Mexico, and so much Hispanic influence in California and the Bay area...murals by and for the people that reflect the values of the people.“

 

Not all murals in the city are individual and spontaneous expressions. Some are commissioned by individuals or communities. The mural of an Ohlone Village, (Native American village) painted on the Main Street Bridge in Las Gatos, a county near San Francisc, was commissioned by the town planners and created by many volunteers.

Street art or graffiti is popular in the city since you only need the owners’ approval. “Some of them are of amazing quality, and some others are just tagging and territorial nonsense,” Susan observes. Sometimes it is very difficult to get permission to paint on any wall. A shop owner might allow an artist to paint the side of the building for better aesthetic look.

 

As not all the works are paid for, the quality might vary. The materials used in these paintings are usually spray paints and acrylic. Precita Eyes’ artists sometimes create their works on mosaic, and combine technics like bronze relief.


For Susan, it is a mission of 40 years. “I started painting murals because they are accessible to everyone, bringing art into the lives of the communities we serve. Involving the community in the process has changed lives, built closer communities and bonded individuals who never would otherwise have mutual respect and tolerance for each other’s ideas.”

 

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Photo Gallery: Graffiti artists tagging in the sunshine at Precita Park
San Francisco Bay Guardian
07.22.14 - 4:17 pm | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

   
        This kid was super into it, which was hilarious.
 
   
This dude's head was bangin' as he sprayed. We're not sure how he managed to make it look so good.        
 
   
Oakland got plenty of love too.   Some of the art boards were for everyone to paint, leading to some dooby-ous results. (Get it? Ha!)   Xavier Schmidt, one of the event's organizers, said this high schooler is a real up and comer in the graffiti scene.
     
   
        A San Francisco robot takes down a Google Glass wearing tech-zilla.
 
   
Mmmm, donuts.        
 
     
  Hazel Rose performed a bombastic set that the crowd, below, felt all sorts of love for.


Normally the sound of 20 or so artists rattling and spraying aerosol cans would be quickly followed by the sound of sirens. But Sat/19 the fades went up with gusto.

Artists tagged free standing art boards at Precita Park for the Urban Youth Arts Festival, an event that brings the ultimate underground art into a safe space. Attendees munched on burgers and listened to some good tunes at the festival, which is now in its 18th year.

Many of the street style murals paid homage to the Bay Area, from SF to Oakland. "We're showing our love to the aesthetic of the community," Xavier Schmidt, a 25-year-old organizer of the event and SF native, told us. One muralist hand painted a robot adorned in SF Giants and 49ers gear punching out a Google Glass-wearing Godzilla.

"We've been doing this since 1987," Schmidt said, speaking to the event's roots. Even the event's hosts, the Precita Eyes Muralists Association, have deep SF bonafides: they've been around since 1977.

"This is for solidarity, for community," he said. "It's a family event."

Kids sprayed paint and played, adults kicked back and kvetched about youngsters, SF natives complained about tech employees, and many chowed down on burgers, hot dogs, and veggies donated by the local YMCA. Local musicians A-1 and Hazel Rose came out to play too, adding the head-banging element to the day. We've embedded one of A-1's tracks below. Consider it your photo gallery soundtrack.

Names of the artists have been withheld because callin' them out on the internet would be wack. All photos by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.


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Creativity Flows at Graffiti Arts Festival

MissionLocal
By Leslie Nguyen-Okwu
Posted July 20, 2014 6:00 am



   
         
   
         
   
         
       



Dozens of community artists wielding paint brushes and spray cans celebrated street art at the 18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival on Saturday. The festival, organized by Precita Eyes, invited artists of all ages to express themselves on 1,000 square feet of portable wall space at Precita Park on Precita Avenue near Folsom Street. Like street art itself, the canvases are ephemeral—they’re recycled from year to year.


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18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival


Urban Youth Arts Festival

 

18 Years Strong!

Saturday, July 19: 12pm - 6 pm

 

Precita Park
500 Precita Ave

San Francisco, California 94110


Live Art, Live Music, Food, Community, Family friendly.


Open to all, come celebrate youth/community/street art. share your skills and paint with some the bay areas best
Bridge the gap: New and Experienced artists encouraged to participate... Bring your own paint.
Limited space.

 

 

 

Some food and beverages provided,
DONATIONS WELCOME!
visit or call Precita Eyes for more info:
www.precitaeyes.org/ 415-285-2287 /xavier@precitaeyes.org

If you are a community / youth organization thats wants to outreach during the festival email us as well and we can set up a table for you!
Also artists that want to display their art/clothing during the event shoot us a email.

 

MC: BIANCA STAR

 

Live Music:
EQUIPTO
DAVINCI
AMBUSH
MONK
HAZEL L
A-1
SAC MASTA

 

...and more!

 

Volunteers needed for the UYA festival!
Please help us Set Up/Break down
Please contact Linda at sflindad@pacbell.net

 

 

 

 

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

June 16, 2014 Calle 24 Community leaders and representatives including Precita Eyes Muralists, Founding Director, Susan Kelk Cervantes, were invited to Mayor Ed Lee’s office to witness the historic signing of the declaration designating Calle 24 Cultural Corridor the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.
Calle 24 San Francisco, the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, San Francisco Heritage, and the Offices of Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Campos worked together in an effort to designate the Calle 24 (“Veinticuatro”) Latino Cultural District. The purpose of the designation is to stabilize the displacement of Latino businesses and residents, preserve Calle 24 as the center of Latino culture and commerce, enhance the unique nature of Calle 24 as a special place for San Francisco’s residents and tourists, and ensure that the City of San Francisco and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to work collaboratively on a community planning process.

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Brenda Miller Holmes Project

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/durham-civil-rights-history-mural-project

 

https://www.facebook.com/DCRHMP

 

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Precita Eyes Muralists in Sweden

Susan Cervantes was invited by Fororten i Centrum in Stockholm and City Art Lab in Goteborg to visit and share her experience and stories from the years of working with community to paint murals. Here are highlights from the trip.

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 


 

 

Welcome to an Explosion of Colours
and a Journey into
Community Mural Art
and Social Change


Date: Thursday, 13th of February 2014

Presentations: 15:00 - 16:30
Talk Show: 16:45 - 18:15
Venue: ARKITEKTUR- OCH DESIGNCENTRUM AT SKEPPSHOLMEN, STOCKHOLM


The event is free.


Printable pdf


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Bean Soup Literary Mural Dedication
Precita Eyes Muralists and Project

Artaud Invites the Public to the Bean

Soup Literary Mural Dedication


February 1, 2014
Project Artaud 17th St.
between Alabama and Florida Streets
1pm-4pm


1pm-1:30pm - Blessing Ceremony

1:30pm- 1:45pm- Dedication and poems by Bean Soup Artists and
lead artists Jorge Argueta and Susan Kelk Cervantes.

1:45pm- 2pm- Photo Shoot in front of the Mural.

2pm- Gathering and Potluck in Jackhammer Park at Artaud.
Please bring your favorite dish to share.

2:30pm- Poetry and Music by Jerry Farraza.

3pm- 4pm- Live music by “Sin Nombre”.

For more information contact
Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center at (415)285-2287
Funded by the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant Program

 


Printable pdf

 

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Susan Cervantes

 

Susan Cervantes, founder of Precita Eyes Muralists, poses for a portrait while working with her group as they put the finishing touches on their newest mural titled "Bean Soup" at the arts complex Project Artaud in San Francisco, CA, Sunday, December 22, 2013. Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle.

Mural Matriarch Susan Cervantes

 

Makes it Big in Art

Sam Whiting, Published 6:20 pm, SFGate, Saturday, January 4, 2014

 

At sunset on the Sunday before Christmas, Susan Cervantes, the quiet queen of San Francisco wall art, is among the painters putting the finishing touches on the longest community mural of her long career. She drops down to the pavement on both knees, dips her brush in dark blue and in the bottom corner prints the words "Precita Eyes Muralists."

"I'm not too good at it," says Cervantes, 69, who has had some 500 murals to practice this signature on, but she still smudges the M as her sons Suaro and Monte watch. "Not too fancy - just simple letters. That's the way we've always done it."

The unflashy Cervantes doesn't make a big deal out of it, but murals are all about symbols, and there is symbolism in this moment. Before Precita Eyes was a Mission District arts center with a paid staff of 13 part-timers and with 7,000 visitors and 3,000 students a year, this is all it was - a signature, in the hand of Cervantes, who made up the name Precita Eyes Muralists decades ago on the spot.

 

"We didn't know it was going to last this long - 36 years," she says. Now murals painted by Precita Eyes - where Cervantes is both artist and overseer - are at public schools, hospitals and recreation centers, done in acrylic paint or ceramic tile, from Hunters Point to the Richmond District.

read more on SFGate...

 

Make a Donation to Precita Eyes

 

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Bean Soup Mural Community Painting Day


December 15, 2013

 

Bean Soup Mural Project   Bean Soup Mural Project
     
Bean Soup Mural Project   Bean Soup Mural Project
     
Bean Soup Mural Project   Bean Soup Mural Project

 

 

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Precita Eyes participated in VICE Magazine's traveling event, CASA INDIO.

Muralists, Suaro Cervantes, Naoki Onodera, Xavier Schmidt, Max Martilla, and Yukako Ezoe created a live mural painting on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th, 2013, at 1425 Folsom St. (click on images for larger versions)


 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

 

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URBAN YOUTH ARTS
FESTIVAL


Click image
to view pdf
 
 

 

 

 



Three Generations of Bay Area Mural

Painting:

Susan Cervantes, Daniel Galvez, Andrew Kong Knight

 

Dates: July 27-September 7, 2013

Reception:
Saturday July 27, 12 noon-2pm

Artists Talk: Saturday, September 7, 1-2pm

All invited, FREE


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Henry Sultan's 75th Birthday Party

 

Artist Henry Sultan will be hosting a one-man show-of his small mandala paintings and celebrating his 75th birthday.

There will be live performances and a silent auction All proceeds will benefit Precita Eyes Muralists

No-host bar and refreshments provided



Where:
The Social takes place at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street at Harrison Street in the Mission District of San Francisco

When: Saturday, August 3rd - 7-10PM

Questions? Contact Elaine Chu elaine@precitaeyes.org or (415) 285-2287

For event information visit www.precitaeyes.org For information about artist Henry Sultan visit www.henrysultan.com

As an inner city, community-based mural arts organization, Precita Eyes Muralists Association seeks to enrich and beautify urban environments and educate communities locally and internationally about the process and the history of public community mural art. We maintain a deep commitment to collaborating with the various communities we serve. Our dedication to collaboration guarantees that creative work produced is accessible, both physically and conceptually, to the people whose lives it impacts. We intend to bring art into the daily lives of people through a process which enables them to reflect their particular concerns, joys and triumphs.

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Historic public artwork

 

in the Mission District restored!


St. Peters Rectory


500 Years of Resistance mural painting continues to inspire local community and visitors from all over the world.


Event: Community ceremony and rededication for newly restored mural 500 Years of Resistance

Location: St. Peter’s Rectory, in front of the mural at 24th and Florida Street, in the Mission District of San Francisco

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Dedication ceremony at 5:30pm, reception to follow at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, 2981 24th Street at Harrison.

 

For more information

 

 

Precita Eyes Proudly Presents
Friday Night Social:
SI PODEMOS
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 22nd at 7pm


Glide detail

 

THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT, EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


What:
   A spring social featuring live world music by Si Nosotros, interactive arts, artist booths, participatory mural painting, a no-host bar, and light refreshments. The interactive arts include button making, huelga flags, paper flowers and more!


Where:
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center
2981 24th Street at Harrison Street in the Mission District of San Francisco


When:
  Friday, March 22nd, 2013 from 7 pm-11 pm


Cost:
$5 donation at the door


Questions?
Contact Ariana Terrence  ariana@precitaeyes.org or (415) 285-2287

 

As an inner city, community-based mural arts organization, Precita Eyes Muralists Association seeks to enrich and beautify urban environments and educate communities locally and internationally about the process and the history of public community mural art. We maintain a deep commitment to collaborating with the various communities we serve. Our dedication to collaboration guarantees that creative work produced is accessible, both physically and conceptually, to the people whose lives it impacts. We intend to bring art into the daily lives of people through a process which enables them to reflect their particular concerns, joys and triumphs.



Gala Benefit & Art Auction:
Rebirth & Renewal, celebrating the
Precita Eyes Muralists 35th Anniversary...a resounding success!

 

Thank you to everyone who made our 35th Anniversary Celebration and Gala Benefit & Art Auction at the Meridian Gallery such a fabulous and eventful evening!

Our special thanks go to the sponsors, artists, supporters, staff, volunteers, performers and musicians, and especially to our wonderful guests!

Your support enables us to make art accessible to all through the unifying collaboration of the mural arts.

In Community,

The Precita Eyes Board of Directors




Gala Benefit & Art Auction:
Rebirth & Renewal continues!

 

Gala Benefit & Art Auction:
Rebirth & Renewal, celebrating the
Precita Eyes Muralists 35th Anniversary...a resounding success!

 

Thank you to everyone who made our 35th Anniversary Celebration and Gala Benefit & Art Auction at the Meridian Gallery such a fabulous and eventful evening!

Our special thanks go to the sponsors, artists, supporters, staff, volunteers, performers and musicians, and especially to our wonderful guests!

Your support enables us to make art accessible to all through the unifying collaboration of the mural arts.

In Community,

The Precita Eyes Board of Directors




Sponsored by:

Korbell CAlifornia Champagne   Sierra Nevada Precita Park Cafe   Torrani The GOod Life Market Speakeasy
         
Lagunitas Brewing Company   Anchor Steam Brewing Company   Harvest HillsCole Hardware   Wells Fargo 7 x 7 SF
         
Trader Joe's Bi-Rite Market   L's Cafe   El Matate Groundswell
         
The Sultan
Family Trust
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Alfredo Pedroza
and Wayne Bautista
  Cory & Eddie Devereaux   Casa Piazza
Bank of America Progressive Grounds

 

 



 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
   

 



 

  Keeping in our tradition of honoring our muralist colleagues, we recognized and paid tribute to artist Estria Miyashiro, once a Precita Eyes Muralists Youth Arts Coordinator. During the evening’s program, we celebrated Estria with the “Cultural Warrior Award” for his contributions to community mural art as a community leader who awakens the social and political consciousness of graffiti art.

In our 35th year, Precita Eyes Muralists honored its Founding Director and Master Muralist, Susan Kelk Cervantes.

Susan is a dedicated artist, and a pioneer of the San Francisco Mission District community mural art movement founded over 50 years ago. Susan along with her late husband, artist Luis Cervantes, established Precita Eyes Muralists in 1977. Influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first collaborative group of women muralists, Susan applies the same process of accessible, community art to all ages and abilities. Along with Precita Eyes Muralists, Susan painted more than 500 collaborative murals considered some of the finest in the country.
Estria