Precita Eyes: May Is Mural
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.)
|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
|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 Œ70s and early Œ80s. 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.