The Precita Eyes Store on 24th Street, plus all in-person Classes, Workshops and Tours, are closed until it's safe to open again. Take care of yourselves and others.
One Artist's Response to Shelter-in-Place
Have Brush, Will Transform Plywood
New mural at 1758 Fillmore harks back to the flu epidemic of 1920.
NEW Online Urban Youth Arts Class with Fred Alvarado!!
Precita Eyes Summer Festival Goes Online and International
This year's 24th annual Urban Youth Arts event transformed itself into the first-ever international live-streamed graffiti art festival.
Above, festival coordinators Cio Castaneda (left) and Nancy Pili Hernandez (second from right) with online hosts Kathya Correa Almanza and Alma Pozos.
On July 18-19, some 60 artists from the Bay Area and around the world painted simultaneously, from their homes and in the streets, live-streamed over Zoom and YouTube, accompanied by the beats of dozens of prerecorded musical sets, online workshops and live DJs, as an audience of hundreds tuned in.
"At first, the idea of a festival online made me cringe," says organizer Cio Castaneda. "But keeping the tradition alive took precedence, and so we pressed on, not skipping a beat. And it turned out to be one of the most innovative and gratifying initiatives I've ever been part of."
Read the full story here.
See the festival recap video (courtesy of Mad Candela) here.
Community Paint Day at the 348 Precita Ave. Studio
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. First-time painter Estanfany explains her hybrid butterfly as a symbol of migration and inclusion. Lots of work completed; lots more still to do.
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.
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