Proyecto Mission Murals examines the origins of the community mural movement in San Francisco’s Mission District over close to two decades, from 1972 to 1988. Created in collaboration with community partners, the project launches with documentation of murals created in the Mission District between 1972 and 1988, accompanied by reference images. It also introduces The Mission Muralismo Audio Zine, an experimental sonic guide through the neighborhood and the stories behind its murals. Over time, the project will expand to include materials generously provided by the muralists themselves, the Mission community members and organizations that have supported their work, and scholars and journalists who have chronicled their activity. Scheduled to be published in summer 2022, these offerings will include interviews, essays, a documentary film, primary sources, and more.
The interdisciplinary nature of Proyecto Mission Murals reflects the complexities and richness of the community mural movement. It will not present a cohesive or seamless narrative but rather convey its wide-ranging aesthetics, the diversity of its participants, its changing nature, and the perpetual challenges faced by its artists.