January 14th, 2016 – January 28th, 2016
URGENT REQUEST FOR FUNDS TO BENEFIT
PRECITA EYES URBAN YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM
1AM Gallery is pleased to present the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Benefit: Keep Our Eyes Open, opening January 14th from 6:30-9:30pm, featuring an array of artwork by artists that have been working with or been touched by the prolific nonprofit Precita Eyes team to raise funds in an effort to buy their original building and save their Urban Youth Arts Program.
The event is free and open to the public, but you can use this link to make a donation today! www.crowdrise.com/helpusbuyandstayinou
**The exhibition is now closed, but you may still view and shop the catalog by clicking here: “Keep Our Eyes Open” – Shop Page
Visit the event page to learn more! bit.do/precitaeyes
As you may have recently heard, Precita Eyes has been at risk for losing their historic space at Precita Park in the Mission District. They need to raise $200K in loans and donations before escrow closes on January 22nd, 2016.
344-348 Precita Ave, in San Francisco, includes 3 residential units and the original studio of Precita Eyes Muralists, all of whom have lived and worked in the building for 40 years. The landlord is selling the building and MEDA, Mission Economic Development Association, a local nonprofit is willing to buy it on their behalf so that they can stay in their homes and businesses.
For almost 40 years Precita Eyes has been a staple in the San Francisco arts community—their work can be found at almost every corner of the Mission, SoMA, Bayview, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods. As an inner-city and urban mural arts association founded by Susan Cervantes, they have continued to beautify, enrich, and educate our city in a publicly accessible way. They’ve served thousands of inner city, at-risk youth, with mentorship and instruction by master teachers; many of these youth have flourished into iconic figures of the Bay Area street art world.
Gentrification in the recent years has challenged and changed the San Francisco art scene, we are at a pivotal time to empower local public art legacies. Precita Eyes has long been a symbol of the the unification between cultural heritage and arts education. As a community based mural organization, they serve to encourage positive and socially unifying creative expression, with collaborative public mural projects, and youth and community art classes. Most importantly, they provide a safe and positive space for urban youth to create.
We must come together to protect the organizations and artists that have helped make our city the thriving cultural center it has always been. We are proud to team up with our friends at Precita Eyes to buy their Precita Avenue location, and voice the importance of preserving public arts communities in San Francisco!
From Susan and Suaro Cervantes:
Currently our original studio on 348 Precita Ave is for sale. Our mural and arts education programs for children and youth will be threatened if we are evicted and displaced. THE GOOD NEWS IS, after months of negotiating with the owners, our community partner, Mission Economic Development Association’s offer to buy the building is accepted and escrow is pending to close on January 22nd, 2016. Our goal is to raise 200K in contributions and loans to the building purchase in support of our Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Program.
We have served 1000s of children, youth, families, artists and muralists for almost 40 years at our studio at 348 Precita Ave. The idea of owning our original space will guarantee that our inner city, at risk youth programs will be able to flourish and blossom for years to come. During the history of our Urban Youth Arts Program, the modern street art and longtime mural traditions have been able to immerse and grow. Youth have been mentored and fostered by countless master teachers, many are leading progressive figures within the street art culture/movement here in the San Francisco Bay Area dating back to the late 80’s. Going into 2016, we look forward to celebrating our 20th Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita Park in July. We look forward to establishing this priceless cornerstone with your support and intention of preserving our cultural traditions in the eyes of the youth and providing a safe place for them to create.
348 Precita is our Home, our namesake and has tremendous community value to all the people, young and old, from Bernal Heights, Mission and many other neighborhoods whose lives have been transformed while participating in our programs from this studio. Precita Eyes Muralists is a legacy business and our original studio is a big part of our success.
Many, many thanks before hand,
Susan Cervantes and Suaro Cervantes
RSVP for the event at bit.do/precitabenefit
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