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“Arts in an alley? Sure, if you’re Balmy”

El Tecolote 3, no. 6

Photos by Martha Estrella

“Arts in an alley? Sure, if you’re Balmy”

“Arts in an alley? Sure, if you’re Balmy” (photos by Martha Estrella), El Tecolote 3, no. 6 (August 3, 1973)

Photographs by Martha Estrella document festivities in support of beautifying Balmy Alley. The project, led by Mia Galaviz de Gonzalez and her organization, 24th Street Place, reimagined the look of Balmy Alley with colorful murals by children.

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August 3, 1973

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Proyecto Mission Murals

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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 includes documentation of murals created in the Mission District between 1972 and 1988, accompanied by reference images. It also features 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, including interviews, essays, a documentary film, an audio zine, primary sources, and new artist biographies.

The interdisciplinary nature of Proyecto Mission Murals reflects the complexities and richness of the community mural movement. Rather than a cohesive or seamless narrative, this project conveys its wide-ranging aesthetics, the diversity of its participants, its changing nature, and the perpetual challenges faced by its artists.

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MA-10-19-0250-19