Photo by Kerim Harmanci
Restored Mural at 24th St. BART Station Honors Workers on the Move
The mural at the entrance to the 24th Street BART has been there for nearly five decades, but its weather-beaten facade, hidden behind garbage-laden trees, was easily overlooked.
No longer. Read more here.
OG Classic Mural Tour
Led by Patricia Rose
Saturday, September 30, 1:30pm
For students and those with a deeper interest in the history and context of Mission District muralism, this tour begins at our Center (2981 24th Street, near Harrison) with a brief introduction from your guide, who is also a muralist and is prepared to answer all of your mural questions. After the introduction, Patricia takes you on a 6 block walk through Balmy Alley and along 24th St. More info here
Saturday Morning Special Mural Walk
Led by Carmela Gaspar
Saturday, October 7, 11:30am
Carmela Gaspar will guide you on an intimate walk past some of the Mission District's most interesting murals and mural environments Tour duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. More info here
We're excited to share that the Eye's Up documentary is screening at the Bernal Heights Film festival on September 14th. We wanted to share the ticket information below and hope to see you there! Free Tickets online here
The Joy of Graffiti—Snaps from Frisco Fresh
Launched in 1996 as a safe space for kids with spray cans and markers, Precita Eyes' 27th annual Urban Youth Arts festival, held July 15, was bigger than ever, with young singers, rappers, DJs, Mixcoatl Anahuac ceremonial dancers, and international guests. Visit the Photo Gallery here
Downed Trees Become Mosaic Benches at 24th and Harrison
Ficus trees in front of the Precita Eyes Mural Center, felled after a years-long saga, have come back to life as mosaic seats on the corner of 24th St. and Harrison. Salvaged from buzz saws by Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes and staff in 2021, two stumps now offer pedestrians a place to rest alongside the new Mercy Housing complex for low-income seniors. Mercy Housing partnered with Precita Eyes to plan the new sidewalk area and install the stumps. Cervantes worked with volunteers to design and built the tops, which depict a butterfly and bird spirit atop tree rings.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony brought traditional dance and poetry to Building 9 on the 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City campus. The work's vision of hope in solidarity is inspired by the values and diversity of the community college. A banner reclaims the land for the Ramaytush Ohlone; the wings of a Monarch butterfly, symbolizing migration, bear symbols of science, culture, and technology; hummingbirds stand for transformation; an open book offers knowledge and education. Students cross a bridge toward a green future, and, at center, a graduating student closes her eyes with emotion.
At Cañada College, a Long-Awaited Mural is Unveiled with Dance and Poetry
"She's done," lead artist Francisco Franco posted on Facebook last month, "hung in its complete glory and splendor." Delayed by pandemic lockdowns and the time taken to conduct numerous community design workshops, Cañada College now has its first mural. Titled From Here We Can Go Anywhere, the 7'x28' work was created by the entire college community in collaboration with Precita Eyes. The night before the May 15 unveiling, Franco was adding last touches in the dark. The next morning, "I had to take off my sunglasses and look twice because the colors were so intense."
45 Years of Precita Eyes History: A Conversation with Susan and Luz Cervantes
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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