Events Archive: 2016



New Lakeview Mural Brings Heritage to Life

At the corner of Broad and Plymouth in San Francisco's southwestern Lakeview/OMI district, history and heroes take pride of place



UNVEILED ON DECEMBER 17, the new mural depicts the stories of Lakeview as told by its residents.

Highlights include the M Ocean View muni line and the workers who laid down the tracks, a BBQ, the Orizaba rocky outcrop, and the abundant fog. Portraits celebrate community leaders Dr. Annette Shelton, Will Reno, Mary and Al Harris, and Michael L. Brown, alongside historical photos from the local library. Also highlighted are the produce market next door, the IT Bookman Community Center, and the Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center.




MEET THE MURAL MAKERS: Precita Eyes team Nic Winstead, Susan Cervantes, Xavier Schmidt and Max Marttila; SF Supervisor John Avalos; neighborhood organizers Mary and Al Harris; and Diana Ponce de Leon from SF's Invest in Neighborhoods.





LOCAL LEGENDS AND LEADERS: The mural adorns the outside wall of Lacy's Barbershop (formerly known as Furlough's Tonsorial Parlor) at 101 Broad St. At left, current owner Lloyd Lacy cuts the hair of previous owner Mr. Furlough. At right, Dr. Annette Shelton



The Lakeview mural has come to life through the support of local residents, neighborhood businesses, community groups, and these organizations:






Broad Mural Unveiling

Dec 17th 10:30am The mural is nearing completion! Please join us as we celebrate the unveiling and honor the tireless commitment of those that have given to the neighborhood over time. It is the same day as the toy drive and is scheduled for a short hour 10:30am-11:30, so that everyone can head on over to the OMI Holiday Party afterwards. Some of those portrayed in the mural include:

Will Reno
Mike Brown
Mr. Furlough of Furlough's Tonsorial Parlor previous owner to Lacy’s Barbershop
Lloyd Lacy of Lacy’s Barbershop
Dr. Annette Shelton
Al and Mary Harris Looking forward to seeing everyone at the unveiling!




Mural in progress: Scenes from the community day.

At lower right, Felicia Edosa of Inner City Youth lends a hand.



Local Heroes, Local Landmarks
in SF's Lakeview Mural

An unexpected sunny morning in late October enticed families, friends and neighbors in SF's Lakeview district to grab brushes and join a community painting session at the latest Precita mural-in-progress.

Lead artist Max Marttila manned the scaffolds, mixed pigments, and made sure that volunteers of all ages kept their brushstrokes between the lines.

The mural at the corner of Broad and Plymouth is titled "Lakeview,” the name still favored by residents over OMI, a newer acronym for the combined Oceanside, Merced, and Ingleside neighborhoods.

Painted on the side of Lacy’s Barbershop, the mural celebrates a scene in which the current barber, Lloyd Lacy, cuts the hair of Mr. Furlough, the previous barber.

The IT Bookman Community Center and Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center also take pride of place.

The mural features a salute to the neighborhood’s natural setting, with the Orizaba Rocky Outcrop and an abundance of fog.

Traversing the panoramic vista are workers laying down the tracks of two Muni lines: the M Oceanview line that serves the district and the old green F Train.

Framed portraits pay tribute to many community leaders, including Dr. Annette Shelton (who works around the corner) and Inner City Youth (ICY) founder Michael L. Brown, who recently passed away.

"His inclusion helps keep his legacy going," notes ICY member Felicia Edosa. "It's something we can look to everyday." She means this literally: the ICY building faces the mural from the opposite side of Broad Street.

Holding a brush and tin of blue paint, SF Supervisor John Avalos expressed his faith in projects, like the mural, that bring people together to validate their experiences in the face of economic stress and social change. The largely working-class Lakeview/OMI district is home to the city's most ethnically diverse population (more than 50% foreign-born, according to Avalos), and has the city's highest concentration of families and seniors.







At lower right, the The Precita Eyes team: Fredericko Alvarado, Susan Cervantes, Suaro Cervantes and Elaine Chu.



In Boston, Heritage Made Visible

Many Streams, One River: Precita Paints Latino Student Pride

It was a whirlwind process that transported a team of Precita Eyes muralists from San Francisco to Boston and concluded two weeks later with Northeastern University's newest landmark: a monumental mural of Latino student pride.

"We Are All Streams Leading to the Same River / Todos somos arroyos del mismo rio" covers three sides of the Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LSCC)building at 104 Forsythe Street.

This 25 ft. x 125 ft. (roughly 2,200 square feet) mural depicts the history and presence Latinos at Northeastern University campus and was initiated by students seeking to give visibility to their culture on campus.
“When I was a freshman, not a lot of people knew where the LSCC was," student Amy Lyu told a local newspaper. "There wasn’t even a plaque on the building. We just wanted to give LSCC some recognition. And what better way to do that than a mural?”


The work is part of Northeastern's Public Art Initiative. But unlike other commissioned works, the mural has been almost completely student-driven.

Guiding the process was Precita Eyes' Susan Cervantes and crew (Elaine Chu, Fredericko Alvarado and Suaro Cervantes). The SF mural arts center was selected from a long list of artists proposed by the students.
Nearly 200 volunteers -- students, staff and alumni -- showed up to plan and paint.

The group mixed abstract concepts, like unity, passion, and respect, with images of dancers in traditional regalia and flags of the Americas unfurling from the LSCC logo.

The unveiling took place on Oct. 11, 2016.


"We Are All Streams Leading to the Same River" (Precita Eyes)


Northeastern’s Newest Artist-in-Residence Puts Mural in Students’ Hands (News@Northeastern, Oct. 3, 2016)


New Mural Celebrates Latinx Community (Huntington News, Oct. 13, 2016)

Residency: Susan Cervantes and precita Eyes (with photo gallery)
(Northeastern University)





Artist Josué Rojas. (Photo: Leah Millis/The Chronicle)



¡Gentromancer! Conversations with
the Spirit of Gentrification


An exhibit by Precita youth program alum Josué Rojas combined paint, drawings, murals, and poetry to "spark conversations with the spirit of gentrification."


iGentromancer!  was inspired by poems written by incarcerated youth, SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, and other local voices against displacement.


Rojas coined the term iGentromancer! to conjure up, and then exorcise, the multiple and masterful manipulators of gentrification at loose in the Mission district.

The artist credits the Precita Eyes' community for keeping him out of serious trouble as a teen by introducing him to art.


“Murals opened up my life,” said Rojas in an interview with the SF Chronicle on how arts can bring healing to the Mission as it struggles to preserve its identity in the face of economic pressures.


Read the poems that inspired the exhibit in El Tecolote.









In the Mission for nearly 40 years.



Precita Eyes Designated One of
SF's First Legacy Businesses


Precita Eyes Muralists is one of nine treasured and historic local businesses named to the city's first legacy registry.


Soon to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Precita Eyes has been painting and repainting its beloved Mission district since 1977.


The registry was created last year with the passage of Proposition J. Businesses (including non-profits like Precita Eyes) approved for the registry are eligible for grants to safeguard their continued presence in their neighborhoods.


To qualify, businesses must have been operating in the city for at least 30 years and face the risk of displacement; have made distinctive contributions to neighborhood history and identity; and continue to maintain the features or traditions (including craft, culinary or art forms) that define them.


Precita Eyes was nominated for the legacy designation by SF Supervisor David Campos, who singled it out as "one of only a handful of community mural centers in the country... training artists in its unique community mural process, offering mural classes, and working closely with the entire community."


"This organization has played an important role in the history and identity of District 9," Campos stated. The designation was announced in August.


Here are San Francisco's very first Legacy Business recipients

(SF Curbed, Aug.11, 2016)






Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes conducts a blessing.


Cutting the ribbon: Kristie Nicole, Kasey Asberry, Yuka Ezoe, Ira Watkins, Susan Cervantes, Julieta Flores, Max Marttila.

(Photos: Nathan Oliveira/Jennie Sommer)


"Growing Together"


A New Mural Grows in the

Tenderloin People’s Garden

Precita Eyes Muralists and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrate the community garden’s newest bloom.

November 16, 2016 -- Every other Wednesday is harvest day in the Tenderloin People’s Garden, a patch of green in downtown SF's Tenderloin district. But on November 16, the garden bloomed with a different type of offering: the dedication of the new “Growing Together” mural.

Towering six stories above the garden from the McAllister Hotel on the corner of McAllister and Larkin, the mural is a collaboration between Precita Eyes and the  Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC).

At the ceremony, Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes offered blessings, while artists and friends cut the ceremonial ribbon.

"The mural is a high fidelity representation of the energy in the neighborhood," said local gardener Kasey Asberry, of UC Hastings Law School (located across the street), “and of human scale amid enormous institutions.” Her comment is well-illustrated by this drone’s-eye view of the mural and surrounding buildings. The Tenderloin is the "undiscovered garden district of San Francisco," she noted, with at least a dozen gardens.

Precita Eyes artists Susan Cervantes, Yuka Ezoe and Max Marttila were joined by Tenderloin Artists Collaborative member Ira Watkins, TNDC staff, garden volunteers, and neighbors in designing and painting. Asberry praised Precita Eyes for its approach to convoking the community and "really representing its vision."

Artist Ira Watkins described his participation this way: "I stumbled into a good opportunity and I'm so glad I did. I met great people and I hope the public will enjoy our work."

As soon as the scaffolding came down in September, Precita Eyes and the TNDC were honored by SF Beautiful with its Seven Hills Award for making “a significant contribution to the creation of unique neighborhood character.” The SF Beautiful blogpost describes "Growing Together "as “a vibrant mural that exemplifies the community at its zenith.”

The Mural
At the mural’s center, a woman holding a shovel and a man with beets form the pillars of a gateway topped by a cityscape of Tenderloin landmarks. Vines spell out “Tenderloin People’s Garden” above a sunrise of San Francisco fog, signifying the early mornings when gardeners work. Hands cradle a heart of leafy greens, neighbors harvest together, and a guitarist plays notes transformed into birds, kale and spinach. The melody creates a spiral of water bearing a boat symbolizing the many journeys that bring people to the Tenderloin.

The People’s Garden
Created in 2010 on a vacant lot near SF City Hall in an area with no produce stores, the Tenderloin People’s Garden grows healthy food its low-income neighbors. Volunteers of all ages tend the plot and produce is distributed free twice-monthly.

The project received a SF Community Challenge grant.


* TNDC’s Tenderloin People’s Garden Mural Project, 2016
* The Garden Mural photo album







Precita Eyes Muralists & Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation welcome all to the community celebration and dedication for TNDC’s Tenderloin People’s Garden’s new mural, “Growing Together”. 

Corner of Larkin & McAllister
November 16th, 2016




New Mural Celebrates Latinx Community


By Patrick Burgard, news correspondent

Walking down Forsyth Street, it’s hard to miss the Latino/a Student Cultural Center’s (LSCC) bright new exterior, which got a vibrant makeover this week in the form of a mural covering the building’s whole facade.
The LSCC unveiled the mural, titled “We Are All Streams Leading to the Same River,” at a special ceremony on Tuesday. The artwork is rich with luminous depictions of Latinx cultural images and symbols of unity such as an Incan person, a tree with a multicolored fist growing out of it, a couple dancing in traditional clothing and many Latin American flags spawning from the LSCC logo.

“In a global society, your social identity and your background are very important, but it doesn’t matter where we come from,” Lydia Vega, coordinator of student services for the LSCC, said. “We’re all one familia, one community, and we support each other. This is our hub.”
Members of the LSCC collaborated with renowned muralist Susan Cervantes and her foundation Precita Eyes, a community-based mural arts organization from San Francisco, to design the mural.


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New campus mural celebrates community

Muralist Susan Cervantes and members of Precita Eyes worked with Northeastern students to design and paint a mural for the Northeastern Latino/a Student Cultural Center. The mural, the latest installment in the university's Public Art Initiative, is based on community and student input.


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BAMFest 2016 Opening Day:
Bay Area Mural Festival | East Bay


October 17-23 , 2016 - Berkeley and Oakland Border

FREE to watch the muralists


Gathering 10+ master muralists and mural groups, and 20 at risk youth through a series of artists residenies and workshops culminating in the painting of 10+ murals along the Berkeley/Oakland Border. The theme of the festival and artists teams will be focused on migration and displacements in our community. They will invite artists and artt eams to come paint 10+ murals through the course of a week.


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Muralist Connects Communities

By Leilani Marie Labong
Updated 11:16 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2016


Honolulu muralist Estria Miyashiro suffered a memorable blow to his ego in 1984, shortly after leaving Oahu to attend Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

An 18-year-old wannabe graffiti artist, Miyashiro discovered that no one cared to document his christening of his new stomping grounds with an eponymous graffiti tag. The lack of notoriety did not agree with him.
“I used the disappointment as fuel to get as good as those guys,” says Miyashiro, referring to Bay Area graffiti pioneers such as Dream, Zephyr and Cuba. He eventually became a fixture on the mid-’80s scene, emblazoning more than 1,000 walls with his art, which by then had evolved beyond tagging to larger, hip-hop-inflected murals. But Miyashiro’s prolificacy eventually caught up with him — in 1994, his arrest for vandalism made news on CNN.


A muralist position at San Francisco’s nonprofit Precita Eyes helped Miyashiro channel his artistry for good, or as he says, “connect my artwork with the community.” From 1994 to 1998, he taught a youth mural class and started the Urban Arts Youth Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in July at Precita Park.


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Paseo Artistico/Art Stroll





20th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival - Precita Eyes



Here are San Francisco's very first Legacy Business recipients Nine business now qualify for public largess, if landlords agree



Nine months after voters passed Prop J, the city has conferred the special laurel of Legacy Business onto nine classic San Francisco joints.

A Legacy Business is any locally owned commercial outfit that’s been open for at least 30 years (younger businesses can sometimes squeeze in under the bar, though), garners a nomination from the mayor or Board of Supervisors, and gets final approval from the Small Business Commission.

The freshman class has nine members:

Two Jack’s Nik’s Place: The comfort food restaurant on Haight that’s been slinging seafood since 1977, festooned with vintage posters of the likes of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.

Toy Boat Dessert Café: The Richmond’s old familiar ice cream shop since 1982. Brooklyn-born owner Jesse Fink made headlines in 2007 by kicking Starbucks off of the block.

Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Café: North Beach’s "no bullshit bar," where the bartenders are unionized. Owner Richard Simmons goes by "Specs," possibly because that’s easier to fit on his already wordy sign.


Precita Eyes Muralists Association: Non-profits as well as retail outfits can qualify. Precita Eyes has been painting and repainting the Mission since 1977.

Pacific Café: The seafood place on Geary with the longstanding (and rhyming) policy that says "If you stand in line, you get a free glass of wine." No wonder it’s been open since 1974.


Lone Star Saloon: One of SoMa’s longest serving gay bars has fallen on harder times lately, as Internet hook-ups and social progress diminishes the necessity of the old San Francisco neighborhood gay bar scene.
Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths: Opened as a hardware store in 1954 but went into the kitchen and bathroom design business in the ‘90s. Their work pops up in house ads all over town.

Community Boards: Another non-profit, billing itself as the oldest mediator and negotiator firm in the country after turning 40 this year.
Macchiarini Creative Design & Metalworks: Elder statesmen of the group, this metalworking artisan’s shop sat on Grant for 60 years.

Initially, the Legacy Business title is just a gold star. But because voters approved it, registered Legacy Businesses can also theoretically benefit from the city’s Historic Preservation Fund.


If a landlord agrees to give his or her resident Legacy Business a ten year lease with no rent hikes, the city will award grants to both landlord and business.
While almost everyone wants to keep longtime small businesses doing their small business, not everyone is a fan of the fund. Because politicians handle the nominations and approval, critics allege that it’s a tool for elected officials to play favorites.

But voters approved the idea by nearly 57 percent, so apparently the fear of losing the Roxie outweighed the fear that political bosses might abuse the system.

• Legacy Business [City of SF]
• Legacy Business Law Text [City of SF]
• Is Prop J a Slush Fund? [Chronicle]
• Prop J, 2015 [Ballotpedia]



San Francisco approves first nine legacy businesses



Toy Boat Dessert Cafe at 401 Clement St. is among the first nine San Francisco legacy businesses.


San Francisco approved its first nine legacy businesses this week, following through on measures passed by voters in November aimed at helping vulnerable longtime firms survive.


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Welcome to the 20th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival - Precita Eyes


View video here…



Thank you for joining the Precita Eyes family for a successful 20th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival!

We had a great time seeing all the new and familiar faces. 20th years of community gathering and spirit at Precita Park. Big thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made this event a success!




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Sirron Norris' Cartoon drawing classes




Precita Eyes is pleased to host Sirron Norris' Cartoon drawing classes at 348 Precita Ave.

Sat, Aug 20, 2016 10:00am- Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:00am

$25 per class. Total cost is $125 (includes art supplies).
Drop-ins are welcome.

For general questions, email


More information and registration:


Saturdays Unplugged

Saturdays Unplugged



Calle 24 Paseo Artistico

Calle 24 Paseo Artistico




Amazon donates to Precita Eyes Muralists


Amazon's second-annual Prime Day is on July 12 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Remind your supporters to shop at and Amazon will donate to Precita Eyes Muralists.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Precita Eyes Muralists.

Shop for great deals!



Sat, Jul 23—12pm to Sun, Jul 24 at 5pm



Join us for a our 20th Urban Youth Arts Festival
on July 23rd, 2016 at Precita Park!

This is a special year for us so please join us to celebrate 20th amazing years and also the success in preserving our original studio at 348 Precita Ave. There will be music, free food, and lots of painting! Line up to be announced.

Fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing everyone there!



A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone


Co-Sponsored by Wareham Development in honor of the Berkeley FILM Foundation.


Bay Area artist and activist Edythe “Edy” Boone is a sprightly septuagenarian who seems only to gain energy over the years. A celebrated muralist and painter, Boone has left her mark on the impressive walls of the San Francisco Women’s Building “Maestrapiece” and on the tough, tear-tinged faces of the city’s “We Remember” AIDS tribute, while also painting vibrant portraits that hang in homes and galleries. Born in New York, she was raised for a few years by Jewish foster parents before being adopted into an African American Baptist church. In the late 1970s she moved west to raise her own children in Berkeley. From Reagan-era racism to the chokehold death of her nephew Eric Garner at the hands of New York police, Boone has lived through tremendous strife. Since she was a girl, she has aspired “to develop a new color no one has seen in life,” and this film captures the artist’s unflagging determination in every frame. —Zoe Pollak










Saturday, June 4th

MAPP in Solidarity with the #Frisco5

Maria Cristina Gutierrez
Ilyich “Equipto” Sato
Edwin Lindo
Ike Pinkston
Sellassie Blackwell


MAPP is a community arts and music event that takes place in the Mission for11 years. MAPP is always the first Saturday of the month every two months.MAPP is always free. Mapp will be encompassing over 14 venues as well as public spaces, street corners, bart stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, homes all over La Mission. The event features taking common spaces and for one orchestrated beautifully chaotic evening, transforming them into whatever we want including free live music, Spoken word, Performance art, Film screenings, BBQ's, garage sales, unorthodox conversations and happenings.

MAPP Mixers, Parties & Meetings

Monday May 30th
Final meeting and leaflet pickup

Saturday June 4th












April 29th 2016

San Francisco is a city of bridges, puentes, all connecting the land and water to the world outside its limits. The Mission District lies in the heart of the City, reflecting the diversity, beauty and turbulence present within, particularly in recent years. Focused at the center is the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, MCCLA, where the Mural Puentes Project would originate. MCCLA cordially invites the community at large to "La Puerta en el Puente del Tiempo" A benefit Exhibition for The Puentes Project: MCCLA Mural Restoration with paintings by Carlos Loarca & Betsie Miller-Kusz, founders of the mural. The opening reception is scheduled for
Friday, May 20th from 6:30pm-9:30pm in the Inti Raymi Gallery. Enjoy live Andean music by GRUPO PAYANI and light refreshments. General admission is $5.


The iconic Mission Cultural Center Mural was painted in 1982 by three artists, led by Carlos Loarca, and assisted by Manuel Villamor and Betsie Miller-Kisz. The mural of 3700 square fee, covers the front and side façade of the building at 2868 Mission St, near 24th St. It was one of the first murals to feature the symbolism of the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilizations. The theme also included representations of the many artistic activities inside the center, all visually united within the huge body of an ancestral Indian figure crossing both facades. The mural is still intact, even in a time of great economic change in the Mission District. The creation of the mural was documented in Anatomy of a Mural, an award winning documentary film by Rick Goldsmith.


The Puentes Project would focus on the restoration of this mural, now badly deteriorated over 30 year's time The project is visualized as a means to build contemporary bridges in the midst of great division and displacement in the Mission. The bridges would be built between past and present, between generations young and older, between the changing Mission populations. The mural restoration would be directed by the original muralists, but would include a younger generation of artists as well. The muralists believe this huge painting project would begin to heal some of the Mission District wounds, as the first mural did back in the 1980's. Puentes would seek to accomplish this with mural paint, not politics.


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Join The Mexican Museum for a Community Painting Day on April 30 at the Site of Its New Home in the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District

Precita Eyes mural at site of new Mexican Museum, 706 Mission Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 26, 2016 – The Mexican Museum invites everyone to come out on April 30 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. to help finish its mural that is being painted on the outdoor barricade wall at its new home 706 Mission St. Anyone interested in helping paint is welcome to stop by and lend a paintbrush. The Mexican Museum commissioned Precita Eyes Muralists to paint the mural.

What: Mexican Museum Barricade will be made up of two murals. The various designs include a pattern of Mexican motifs; iconic images from The Museum’s collection; the Huichol Sun God; images of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; the phrase Mano a Mano next to a portrait of Peter Rodriguez, The Mexican Museum’s founder.

Where: Barricade wall surrounding the site of the future home of The Mexican Museum, 706 Mission St., at Jessie Square Plaza, in the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District.

When: Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: Precita Eyes, The Mexican Museum supporters and community members

Media Contact:
Victoria Sánchez De Alba, De Alba Communications (650) 270-7810,

About The Mexican Museum:
Founded by the well-known San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at the Fort Mason Center. It is the realization of his vision to present the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to include the full scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino experience – including the arts, history, and heritage of their respective cultures.









Direct Your Tax Dollars: Voting Now Open For Participatory Budgeting In District 7


Want more murals in your neighborhood? College scholarships for students from low-income families? More visible crosswalks? District 7 residents have the unique opportunity to decide which of these—and other—proposals their tax dollars will fund, through this year's participatory budgeting process.

If you're over 16 and live in the district (outlined below), you've got until April 22nd to cast your vote, either online or at one of three polling places (Laguna Honda Hospital, West Portal library, or Ingleside library). The 2016 ballot contains proposals from three categories: safety, culture, and neighborhood services; there's also a $75,000 proposal to revitalize West Portal Elementary's schoolyard.

Since participatory budgeting debuted in San Francisco in 2013, three of the city's 11 districts have used it in various years. This year, however, District 7, represented by Supervisor Norman Yee, stands alone in letting residents determine how a small portion ($500,000) of the city's budget ($8.96 billion for fiscal year 2016-17) will be spent.

Supervisor Yee hopes other districts will adopt the program down the line. "This year, I am the only Supervisor to have Participatory Budgeting," he said in an email, "but I hope to see this successful program expand citywide."

Direct democracy is gaining steam in D7, according to Erica Maybaum, a legislative aide to Yee. Voting opened at 5am last Friday, and as of this morning, they'd counted 4,553 votes from 1,600 voters, already surpassing last year's two-week total.


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Hope for a World Cure


The Story Of 16th & Market's Poignant HIV/AIDS Mural



We recently reported on the struggle to tidy up 16th and Market, which has affected both the Castro/Upper Market CBD and The Castro Republic, a forthcoming restaurant at that corner. The intersection has been problematic for years, accumulating garbage and attracting homeless encampments.

But the corner of 16th and Market is also home to one of the Castro’s most important pieces of public art: a mural titled The Hope For the World Cure. Painted in 1998, it commemorates the Castro community’s struggle with the AIDS epidemic.

We recently received an anonymous tip that The Castro Republic was considering painting over the mural. The restaurant’s owner, Juan Romo, said that while he'd considered it, he'd ultimately decided against it. No plans are currently in the works to paint over the mural.

But while the mural as a whole may not be in jeopardy, many in the community hope that the efforts to clean up the corner of 16th and Market might also draw renewed attention to the mural's need for ongoing care and attention.

The Story Behind The Hope For The World Cure
The Hope for the World Cure was painted in 1998, on the back wall of what was then Bagdad Café. The community mural workshop was a collaboration between Precita Eyes Muralists and Art From The Heart Heals, and was made possible through a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

According to Susan Cervantes, founder and executive director of Precita Eyes Muralists and the director of The Hope for a World Cure project, the mural brought 17 artists together to design, plan, and paint. All but two of the artists had been directly affected by HIV/AIDS.



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Please join us for a Precita Eyes Benefit for our Urban Youth Arts Program at the Mighty, Thursday April 28th 9pm-2am.

Hosted by
Equipto & Chuy Gomez

Featuring Performances by:
Dregs One
Adam Vida
Young Bari
Favi Estrella
Hazel Rose
Legends Live Forever
Telli Prego
People's Tree

Mind Motion
Sake One
Sean G


Mighty 119 Utah st SFC -
$5-20 sliding scale -
All Proceeds will be donated to the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Program.







Please vote for the expansion of our Laguna Honda Mural! We are on the ballot for the Participatory Budgeting grant in District 7.

The mural expansion will extend the 200 foot long mural another 150ft on the left from the entrance of Laguna Honda Hospital to the bus hub. The mural depicts the history and beauty of the surrounding area and celebrates 150 years of the hospital's service to the city. The proposed second phase; 150 foot section, directly across from the station, will focus on the early history of the area, the Ohlone Indians who lived there, and link the Lagoon to the ocean. The completed mural will cover what until now has been a dreary and vandalized dark green wall, the first object seen by hundreds of passengers who leave the station each day to walk home, visit the hospital, or wait for busses to nearby neighborhoods. Our vision is that the completed mural will present a warm and colorful entrance to the Laguna Honda area and its neighborhoods and will welcome people to the hospital, which has been cut off visually by the unattractive wall. As in every Precita Eyes project, the mural will be a collaboration between the Hospital staff, patients, and neighbors. Our goal, aside from the completion of a beautiful and inspiring mural, is a strengthened bond between the hospital and the surrounding community. Voting starts April 8th and goes through April 22nd.


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Brava, Precita Eyes Muralists, & Calle 24 present:


Sunday, May 1 at 11 AM - 3 PM


Brava, 2781 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110



Mural Tours begin in the parking lot on 24th Street between Capp Street & Lilac Alley

Tours start at 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Tours led by Precita Eyes Muralists Docents

Free Featuring performances by:

Embodiment Project ● Taller Bombalele ● Cathy Arellano ● Cuicacalli Dance Company ● Dance Brigade ● Loco Bloco
& the new movable mural by Vero Majano


Brava's annual event takes over the streets and alleys of the Mission for its fourth year to celebrate and preserve the living cultural heritage of the Mission. The Bay Area's most dynamic dance companies and performing artists offer an artistic interpretation of the murals with narration by Precita Eyes Muralists docents that offers an intricate look at each work of art and its relationship to the culture and life of the Mission community.


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2016 Summer Internship

with Precita Eyes Muralists
PE is seeking qualified interns for the summer/fall to assist with the NEH-Grant awarded collections preservation project. Interns will gain professional experience in working with one of the largest muralist archives of the nation, and be part of a team of wonderful artists and museum professionals.


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This Saturday April 2nd M.A.P.P.

Mission Arts Performance Project




The Banks are stealing our homes
So lets house the homeless in the banks! We stand against the neoliberals' foreclosure on the domain of the public and their drive to privatize the whole of our world
















MEDA Saves Founding Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center
Community support made MEDA purchase possible, with nonprofit and tenants saved


MEDA - March 16, 2016


San Francisco, Calif. — After many months of effort, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has been able to purchase 344-348 Precita Avenue in San Francisco, so that all tenants can remain at affordable rents.

The commercial tenant is Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, which has for decades created colorful murals, especially in the Mission community. Precita Eyes was nominated as the city’s first legacy business, per Prop J passed by San Francisco voters last November.

The apartments house four working-class residents – educators, musicians and therapists – who have long called the neighborhood home. All tenants were at risk of eviction from buyers looking to flip the building.





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348 Precita


Neighbors Help Non-Profit Buy Precita Eyes Building

Mission Local - March 17, 2016


The Mission Economic Development Agency has purchased a building on Precita Avenue, which houses the first location of the Precita Eyes Muralists as well as four rent-controlled tenants.
The $1.35 million deal will keep both tenants and muralists in place at affordable rents. Moreover, MEDA staff say they have developed a new funding mechanism – raising money from neighbors – to act faster in future acquisition.
“What MEDA does and what the Community Land Trust does is that they secure this property to remain as affordable for ever,” said resident Dennis Mackenzie, a high school teacher and proposal writer. “When I die, and I plan on living here until the day I die, it’ll be passed on to someone else in my type of income situation.”



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348 Precita


Precita Eyes Gets To Keep Its Studio

Building bought with $400k down payment raised by community group, neighbors


CURBED San Francisco - MArch 16, 2016


You can stop holding your breath: Precita Eyes Muralists isn't being evicted, and neither are the folks in the apartments upstairs. That’s according to the Mission Economic Development Agency, the Latino-centric community group who now say they’ve successfully closed the deal on their bid to buy the 100-plus year old building on behalf of the tenants.
The Precita Eyes Muralist Association was founded in 1977, and recently became the first nominee for the city’s Prop J-enabled Legacy Business Registry (although now it looks like they probably won’t need the help). Precita Eyes already owns a building on 24th Street, but the actual Precita Avenue workshop where they teach art classes to kids has always been a rental. Last August, the dreaded "For Sale" sign appeared on the property. The art association responded by posting a sign of their own reading, "Please Don’t Buy This Building." In December, MEDA stepped in, and the two groups cooked up a plan to raise money and buy the place themselves.



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Mural Unveiling


Laguna Honda Hospital and Precita Eyes Muralists


Mural Unveiling
A community ribbon cutting event to celebrate 150 Years of
Dedicated and Compassion Service to San Francisco

375 Laguna Honda Blvd


Saturday, March 12
12 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.





TEnderloin COmmunity Mural



Precita Eyes Muralists and Tenderloin

Neighborhood Development

Corporation Invites All the Community

to the Tenderloin People's Garden

Community Mural Design Workshop


March 5, 2-5pm


Hasting College, 200 McAllister St., SF

Dining Commons, 2nd Floor

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"I have nominated the first San Francisco Business to the Legacy Business Registry - Precita Eyes Muralists Association, Inc., a non-profit community arts organization. One of only a handful of community mural centers in the country, Precita Eyes Muralists was founded in 1977. Operating out of a small studio space in the Precita Valley Community Center, founding director Susan Cervantes along with community volunteers and artists completed many portable and monumental mural projects. Precita Eyes train artists in their unique community mural process, offer mural classes and work closely with the entire community. This organization has played such an important role in the history and identity of District 9 and it is an honor to nominate Precita Eyes for the Legacy Business registry.

For years I have been working to create the Legacy Business Registry and historic preservation grant programs that the voters approved last year with the passage of Proposition J. I am so excited to see all this work come together. The Office of Small Business is now accepting nominations for the registry from Supervisors and the Mayor's Office. Businesses - both for and non-profit - are eligible for the registry if they meet the following criteria:
• Been in operation in SF for 30 years or for more than 20 years if the business faces significant risk of displacement;

• Has contributed to the neighborhood's history and/or identity; and

• Is committed to maintaining the physical features or traditions that define the business, including craft, culinary, or art forms.

Businesses that make it on to the registry are eligible for grant programs to ensure they continue to contribute to our neighborhoods for decades to come.

If you are a business in District 9, meet the criteria, and would like to be nominated to the Registry, please contact my Chief of Staff, Hillary Ronen, at"


—David Campos, San Francisco Supervisor












Laguna Honda Hospital Mural


Laguna Honda Mural dedication


March 12th at 2:30-4pm

Main stairway entrance to the hospital

375 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116






MAPP: Stories of Revolt Red
Poppy Art House



Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 3pm - 10pm
Venue: Red Poppy Art House
Cost: Free admission

The Red Poppy Art House presents Stories of Revolt, a trans-Bay, interdisciplinary exploration in narratives of belonging and displacement, culturally generative creative practices, and restorative justice. In collaboration with Dance Mission’s annual festival, D.I.R.T. – Dance in Revolt(ing) Times, the Red Poppy will feature original works from music, dance, film and storytelling artists that investigate how image, body and language become tools for transformation in a sacred space.




3:00-4:00pm: From Azonto to Zouk: Afro-Urban Dance Stories with Nkei Oruche, Presented by Dance Mission Theater’s ... See More

National Endowment for the Humanities

Precita Eyes Muralists Wins Grant to


Preserve Forty Years of Mural Archives


San Francisco, California:  Precita Eyes Muralists, a non profit-community arts organization known for its dedication to mural art in the Mission District, has been awarded a six thousand dollar Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  This grant will allow the organization to begin cataloging and preserving over 15,000 documents in its collection for future use by artists, scholars and the general public. These drawings, photographs and videos cover 40 years of art in the Mission, including documentation of over 500 Precita Eyes murals and hundreds of others, many no longer existing. The archive also includes publications, newsletters and magazines covering the outburst of artistic effort in the Mission from the 1970's and 80's.

Precita Eyes Muralists was founded in the Mission District in 1977, dedicated to enriching and beautifying the urban environment in a way that expresses the interests and cultural history of the community. Precita Eyes' collaborative public murals have involved hundreds of volunteers, while 15,000 students have participated in its youth and adult mural workshops. Over 110,000 students, local residents and tourists have taken its tours of Mission murals.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes it's mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

For the NEH Grant, Precita Eyes will work with Berkeley archivist Dr. Cornelia Bleul-Gohlke to create a catalog of its materials and a complete preservation plan.  Dr. Bleul-Gohlke, a mural artist herself, has extensive archiving experience both in Germany and the United States. Once this initial work is done, Precita Eyes can apply for subsequent NEH grants to support the next phases of its preservation efforts.  Precita Eyes plans to eventually create a permanent home for the archive accessible to all those interested in the history of the murals of San Francisco.







“A Neighborhood of Neighbors” —
This Mission Organization Shows Off Local Art


On a Saturday afternoon mural tour with Patricia Rose, you’re likely to encounter a gaggle of kids running after her calling out, “Teacher!” and eagerly asking if she remembers them from art class.

And as you round the corner of one of the Mission’s streets, you’ll probably also bump into one of Patricia’s neighbors whose kids she — and the rest of the neighborhood — helped to raise.

“I can’t even conduct a mural tour anymore without seeing somebody,” Patricia said. “And it’s not just seeing somebody — these are warm encounters.

“We’re a neighborhood of neighbors … There’s a deeper feeling than just, ‘Oh, I see your face at the bus stop every day.’”

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Precita Eyes Mural Tours does public tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1:30pm. Tours start at $15/person, or $12/per San Francisco resident. For help booking a tour, ask your Scout or text “mural tours” to 415-915-2421.



Keep Our Eyes Open

Precita Eyes Mural Outside Laguna Honda Hospital Nears Completion


Laguna Honda Mural


A new mural is taking shape in front of Laguna Honda Hospital, just ahead of the hospital’s 150th anniversary.

Mural arts nonprofit Precita Eyes is transforming the 200-foot-long retaining wall at the hospital’s front entrance into a procession of images from the neighborhood through time. Painting began in November, and though the finishing touches should be done in time for the new year, Precita Eyes may extend the mural if they secure additional funding.

The project is the latest from the community arts organization, and is its first in the Forest Hill neighborhood. Headquartered on 24th Street in the Mission, Precita Eyes has spread mural art to urban areas throughout the Bay Area and internationally since its founding in 1977, with a particular focus on the Mission District.


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___________________________________ Looking At The Mission District
Through Precita Eyes


“Indigenous Eyes: War or Peace,” detail, ©1991 Susan Cervantes, Balmy Alley @ 24th St., SF

Precita Eyes Muralists is one of San Francisco’s most beloved institutions of public art. This collaboration-minded, community-centric organization of art enthusiasts has been painting the Mission – literally – for over three decades. Offering art classes, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and guided walking tours, Precita Eyes is best known for the more than 50 colorful community murals that it has painted throughout the neighborhood.


These murals capture the Mission district’s history, culture, and evolution in a way that is equally stunning and telling. Each of these murals is more than just a wall, more than a series of paint strokes, designs, and colors. These murals represent unique stories. Fortunately, we have individuals like Patricia Rose, tour coordinator at Precita Eyes, who share these stories with community members and visitors alike.

Patricia’s involvement with Precita Eyes stretches back to the late 1970s, when it was just a small group of artists who met on Thursday evenings to plan murals and to discuss wall space. Years later, the group grew into a recognized arts non-profit. Actually, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community muralist non-profits in the country, with similar organizations based in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles..


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Know Your Street Art:

Hope for the World Cure

SF Weekly

In 1998, 2.5 million people around the world died from AIDS, and 5.8 million people — including 500,000 under the age of 15 — became newly infected with the HIV virus. That was also the year Susan Cervantes created her mural, Hope for the World Cure, on the outer wall of the Bagdad Cafe, in the heart of the Castro, where the AIDS crisis had hit particularly hard.
Although the number of global annual deaths and infections has fallen, there is still no cure or vaccine for AIDS. Cervantes' artwork is a tribute to those who've died, and to those with the disease who are living with it. "It still applies," Cervantes says of her mural.

About 20 of the artists who helped Cervantes design and plan Hope for the World Cure had the disease, and for some, contributing to its creation was a challenge.


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Family of Grocers Adds New Market in SF Mission



On its second day, Gus’s Market on the corner of 17th and Harrison was already bustling. The amply proportioned warehouse, the third market in the Vardakastanis family, is stocked with the usual rows of colorful produce, meats, dairy and other staples as well as craft beers and a whole corner full of wines. It opened last Thursday.


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MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project)

MAPP is a community arts and music event that takes place in the Mission for 11 years.

MAPP is always the first Saturday of the month every two months.

MAPP is always free.

Mapp will be encompassing over 14 venues as well as public spaces, street corners, bart stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, homes all over La Mission. The event features taking common spaces and for one orchestrated beautifully chaotic evening, transforming them into whatever we want including free live music, Spoken word, Performance art, Film screenings, BBQ's, garage sales, unorthodox conversations and happenings.


Saturday, December 5th
Dedicated to Global Refugees

No Place was Made for War
Everyone Deserves a Home





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