Walking by a beautifully done mural anywhere in the world makes my heart feel a bit lighter. At the very least it forces me to ponder for a moment how the artists were able to create such breathtaking work on the side of a building and what the image is supposed to represent versus what I see within it.
Precita Eyes is one of a few different organizations that work to use murals as a way to create community and build bridges.
The mission of the Precita Eyes Muralists Association is:
“To enrich and beautify urban environments and educate communities locally and internationally about the process and the history of public community mural art. We maintain a deep commitment to collaborating with the various communities we serve. … We intend to bring art into the daily lives of people through a process which enables them to reflect their particular concerns, joys and triumphs.”
Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is a multipurpose community based arts organization. It is one of only three community mural centers in the United States.
More than 20,000 students and tourists have walked from Precita Eyes as the starting point for the mural tours encompassing more than 80 murals in an eight-block walk. Precita Eyes is alive with purpose and ideas, and it is continually evolving to meet the needs of the individuals, young and old, that pass through its doors.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
2981 24th St. @ Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110