SFPC MURALS

The SFPC works with community organizations to make murals in the Mission District’s Clarion Alley. The work changes every six months, and we coordinate the murals with SFPC poster campaigns to maximize our impact on the streets.

Scattered Roots/Raíces Esparcidas was created with youth organizers from SOMCAN to express the impact of gentrification on the culture, families and communities of SoMa (South of Market). The work was unveiled in the fall of 2008, displayed in Clarion Alley for six months, and then returned for a permanent installation at SOMCAN’s office. Asian Neighborhood Design and the Bayanihan Community Center provided invaluable support during the production process.

Karangalan/Dignity/Dignidad was a mural created with the Coalition on Homelessness to counteract the San Francisco Chronicle's ongoing attacks on homeless people. The SFPC unveiled this mural in conjunction with a blitz of posters and liberated billboards. The posters, which referred to the mural, were printed and wheatpasted across the city, including the editorial offices of the SF Chronicle.

Cantamous al Agua/We Sing to Water was a trial project created by two SFPC members and Hypersea to publicize the displacement of California's Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

Unveiled during the week of Thanksgiving 2005, the mural opened with an indigenous ceremony and sought to maximize news coverage for the tribe and their campaign against the expansion of Shasta Dam. The mural, which combined hand-painted images and massive screen prints, was reproduced as a poster and distributed internationally by one of our sister organizations, the Street Art Workers.

After one year, the light-weight mural panels were removed and used by the tribe as a roving billboard in Redding, California.

Hogar/Home was an outdoor digital mural unveiled prior to the 2004 US elections. Hosted by Galeria de la Raza, the mural addressed the issues excluded from the national political debate.

In the foreground local residents demand housing, education, jobs and racial justice as a wave of popular opposition sweeps away a precarious and heavily-armed Republican administration. The mural was timed with an SFPC retrospective, and it aimed to link Galeria de la Raza with surrounding residents and connect local issues with the national elections.