Join us online for a special evening devoted to the community organizations and artists making this summer’s Mini Mural Festival at SFMOMA a reality. Our festival partners Acción Latina, NIAD Art Center, and SOMA Pilipinas will discuss the work and mission of their respective organizations. Then, the artists they’ve commissioned will reveal their mural designs for the first time. Don’t miss the special preview and mark your calendar now for this summer’s free festivities!
Weekend 1: Acción Latina
July 31–Aug 1
with artists DJ Agana and Josué Rojas
Weekend 2: NIAD Art Center
with artists Andres Cisneros-Galindo, Nan Collymore, Christian Vassell,
Miguel Chacon, Julio Del Rio, Luis Estrada, Deatra Colbert, and Esmeralda Silva
Weekend 3: SOMA Pilipinas
with artists Franceska Gamez and Malaya Tuyay
Festival weekends will take place in the Howard Street Entrance outdoor corridor, free and open to the public.
In 1940, more than sixty-five artists made their creative processes public when they participated in Art in Action, an exhibition of live art making conceived by architect Timothy L. Pfleuger as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. Among these artists was Diego Rivera, who during this time painted the mural Pan American Unity, which arrives at SFMOMA this summer in the Roberts Family Gallery free admission space. Taking inspiration from this historical connection, the Mini Mural Festival invites local organizations to commission and host artists to paint small-scale murals live in the adjacent outdoor corridor. The three murals — eight square feet each, and responding to the theme of cross-cultural solidarity — will be temporarily displayed at the museum, then returned to our festival partners.
Acción Latina builds healthy and empowered Latinx communities in the San Francisco Bay Area through cultural arts, community media, and civic engagement. They document and celebrate the diverse cultural history of Latinx communities by publishing the award-winning bilingual newspaper El Tecolote and producing rich cultural arts programs such as the annual social justice concert Encuentro del Canto Popular, the community-curated arts experience Paseo Artístico, and the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery.
For nearly forty years, NIAD Art Center has provided a contemporary visual arts program in their downtown Richmond studio and galleries for a community of seventy adult studio artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities and twenty-two staff members. NIAD’s visual arts programs provide participating artists the time and space to make work, material and art marketing resources, and teaching and learning opportunities they need to maintain thriving contemporary practices.
SOMA Pilipinas is San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District. Spanning 1.5 square miles, it honors the 120+ year history of Filipinos in San Francisco, and celebrates the community’s living legacy of making home, celebrating culture, building community, and fighting for economic and racial justice in the rapidly gentrifying South of Market neighborhood. It’s a place that connects the broader community to their stories as Filipinos in America and a living culture and community that’s conscious of history, yet embraces progress, working together, and moving forward in unity and vision.