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May 9, 2003


Precita Eyes: May Is Mural Awareness Month

The13th Annual SF/Bay Area Mural Awareness Month is a celebration to increase public awareness of new and existing murals, promote community mural art, and to honor San Francisco and Bay Area Muralists.

The MAM 2003 event Schedule is as follows:

Gala Opening Party
A chance to party with your favorite muralists.
Date: Friday, May 2, 2003
Time: 7:00 P.M to Midnite
Where: Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center 2981 24th. Street (at Harrison St.)
Cost: $ 5.00
Guest Speaker, Master Muralist Award recipient John Pugh
Live Music
Food and Refreshments
The SF/ Bay Area Mural Awareness Month Festival
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2003
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Precita Park (Precita Ave. between Folsom and Harrison, one block south of Cesar Chavez St.)
Cost: FREE
A true festival to celebrate Muralism, Muralists, and Community Art in the Bay Area.
Live Mural Performance (guest artists will create and complete a mural on stage)
Creation of a portable Community Mural (open to all to paint)
Mural demonstrations in Fresco, Mosaic, and Painted tile.
Urban Youth Arts spray can mural demonstration
Children's art activities
Music by Cruzin' Coyotes and dance by "Moving Beyond"
Muralists' booths exhibiting their art and merchandise
2003 Mural Awareness Awards Ceremony
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2003
Where: Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission St. (btwn. 24th and 25th Sts.)
Awards Ceremony: MC. James Prigoff, Distinguished mural Art Historian, and music by Jorge Molina
Time: 6-9 P.M.
After Party: 9:00PM-Midnite -Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street

2003 Mural Awareness Award Recipients are:

Children/Youth Mural Award: The twin, "Whose Shoulder's Do We Stand On," designed and painted by 7th grade students in collaboration with teachers Miranda Bergman and Susie Lundy and, "Honoring our Ancestors: Past Present and Future," a photographic mural created by photography students from Cole School and McClymonds High School in Collaboration with teachers Carolyn S. Carr and Asual Aswad. The mural's Location is in the Cole Schoolyard at 10th and Union St. West Oakland.

Youth Mural Award: "Diaspora Dance." Directed by Elsie Kagan and painted by students from 3 Oakland Middle Schools. Elsie's passion has been the arts of Africa and African Diaspora. She has spent time in West Africa twice in Ghana and Mali and has have been studding dance and drumming for years. Dancing and drumming proved to be the spark of inspiration to create a community mural piece in Oakland devoted to African Arts. The mural is located at 900 12th St. in West Oakland near Lowell Middle School, Village Academy and West Oakland Community School.

Community Mural Award: "Memorial to Vaughn Bode." This mural was painted as a memorial to the great cartoonist, Vaughn Bode of Berkley, well known in the late 70s and early 80s. His cartoon characters have been of great influence in the graffiti community and throughout graffiti history. Directed by I.C.P., (Inner City Productions) a collaboration with Dug, Deen, UFO, Bisaro, Twick, Kebs, Chief, Hablo, Peace, King 157, Spie, Joro, Dare, Skew, and Buter. The mural's location is at the Black Coalition on Aids, 984 Folsom St., San Francisco.

Special Recognition Award: "Something There That Doesn't Love a Wall." Collaboration between Josef Norris Muralist and Jo Kreiter, Choreographer and Director of Flyaway Productions. The project was an ambitious interdisciplinary collaboration that involved a mural, three dimensional sculptures bolted to the mural wall, and seven dancers in varied states of flight and balance. The artists intended not just to enliven a street with dance and music but to memorialize decades of dislocation and rebirth in the Mission. It is the, "spirit of resistance," that they paid tribute to. The mural's location is on 13th and Harrison St., San Francisco.

International Mural Award: Joshua Stevenson, for murals in the Bondoukou region of the Ivory Coast, West Africa. The murals were extremely rewarding to paint in Cote d' Ivoire, because there are over 63 different spoken languages, making communication nearly impossible at times. The images in the murals convey the importance of proper nutrition, breast feeding, vaccinations, the dangers associated with dehydration/malaria, a recipe for an effective (traditional) re-hydration solution, and good health in general. The best part of the process was listening to very young school children and young mothers explaining the meaning of these ideas to their friends and family.

Master Muralists Award: John Pugh A master in trompe l'oeil murals, John has found that the language of life- size illusions allow him to communicate with a very large audience. He has also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the separateness which public art sometimes produces. His last mural project, "Light Walk," was designed to create healing and reflecting pools, sacred sculptures, and bridges that lead up into the tops of the trees. The mural's location is at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and was assisted by Mark Molchan.

Precita Eyes Children's Mural: "Unity," directed by John Santos. Designed and painted by the youth of Bernal Gateway Apts., this mural focuses on the themes of unity and how children see life. They communicate their wants and needs through their image of a beautiful city. The exterior mural is located at the inner courtyard of Bernal Gateway, 3101 Mission and Cesar Chavez.

Precita Eyes Youth Mural: "Beauty of Resistance," directed by Marcela Ostrovsky and assisted by Christianne Dugan and Melissa Castillo was designed by the Youth Mural Arts Workshop. The mural was painted by volunteers at the 2002 Urban Youth Arts Festival and is located at 1808 Wedemeyer St., (the JCCSF teen center) in the Presidio, San Francisco. It includes the following poem by Viridiana Espiritu:

The Beauty of Resistance is the strength that arises in all of us from the year of massive struggle, we as people must learn to strategically juggle the oppressors swift jabs always keeping close tabs on our blossoming children, let's begin a new civilization both on equality unity and 360 degrees of pure love cuz love is the power in unity cuz love our pastarising knuckles busted from battle, rattles, and drums harmonize inner peace. Release newfound wisdom. Discovery of Mission Juntos. THERE'S NO STOPPING US!!

Precita Eyes Community Mural: "Millennium Mural." Directed by Susan Cervantes and Marta Ayala and painted by the Seniors of the On Lok 30th St. Center, with guest artists, Luis Cervantes, and Jamie Wynn. The drawings were created so the seniors can forget their troubles and also enjoy what God has given us in this lifetime. The mural reflects happy times at the Senior Center, 225 30th St., San Francisco.

Precita Eyes Public Mural: "Environmental Justice." Directed by Susan Cervantes and designed by Christy Majano, this mural depicts the environmental problems that are here in SF. Pollution of the freeway is one of the biggest hazards because of all the exhaust from the automobiles, trucks, and buses. The people living close to the freeway are at a high risk of health problems. The mural also depicts the rebirth from pollution into a healthier environment. There are wetlands to filter out all toxins in the water and there are insects that eat pests to replace the use of pesticides.