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Mural and street art in San Francisco's Hispanic Community

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  • Apr 30, 2010
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I'm so glad to find this! I miss the Mission with all of its murals. They're in my top 5 things to love about San Francisco.
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The Mission's most colorful flamboyance is undoubtedly its murals. Buildings from Dolores Park Cafe to Cesar Chavez Elementary School have had their walls transformed into outdoor canvases for brilliant and poignant art.

Drawing on the Mexican mural movement of the 1920s and the socially conscious ideals of the '60s, many of the murals embrace Hispanic heritage and human rights. They're emblazoned on the garages, fences, and doorways lining an entire block on Balmy Street, an alley between 24th and 25th streets. Subjects from the golden age of Mexican cinema to slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero are depicted in the vivid images of more than 30 murals.

Keeping mural art alive is the focus of Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center (2981 24th St.). Its volunteers lead mural walks and bicycle tours. For more information, call Precita Eyes at 285-2287* or visit www.precitaeyes.org.http://www.sfmission.com/21murals/

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Art, Painting, San Francisco, Design, Mission District, Murals

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