Vitality, creativity and the joy of being outside together after so many months of distancing marked the celebration of Precita Eyes' 25th annual Urban Youth Arts Festival, held last July 17.
Titled "Creation 2 Liberation," the festival, which has been held yearly since 1977, featured local youth groups: 5 Elements, HOMEY, Roadmap to Peace, Success Centers, and Precita Eyes' youth programs, plus neighborhood bands, dancers and DJs. With walls, ladders and spray paint at hand for all interested youth, the festival created a
safe and encouraging space of self-expression and artistic exploration.
Garfield Pool Mural Gets an Uplift and Extension
Primal Sea, the 90-foot seascape of whimsical creatures that has greeted swimmers at the Garfield Park pool for four decades, just got a facelift. Located in the Mission at 3100 26th St, the restoration was part of a two-year multimillion dollar renovation funded by the city. The 40-year-old mural was given new life by a Precita Eyes team, explained in this virtual tour video by restoration specialist Yano Rivera. Read more…
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
Help sustain Precita Eyes Muralists through these difficult times.
Every gift is a gesture of support. Every donation helps.
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.)
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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.
Our Store is Open Again for Indoor Shopping!
We're open again, with the same great collection of postcards, mugs, hoodies, T-shirts, books, artwork and paints.
M, T, T, F & Sat, from 12-5pm.
You can still place orders by phone and pick up at curbside, and shop on the Online Store.
Click here to support us and enjoy member benefits and discounts.