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Keep Our Eyes Open - A Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Benefit

  • 1AM Gallery 1000 Howard Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
1AM Gallery is pleased to present the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Benefit: Keep Our Eyes Open, opening January 14th 2016, featuring an array of artwork by muralists that have been working with the prolific non-profit 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 the ticket link to make a donation today! www.crowdrise.com/helpusbuyandstayinou

To receive a digital catalog of the artwork please send a request to Adriana@1amgallery.com

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 non-profit 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!

Besides participating in the Benefit Show, there are a few way you can help right now!

1. Contribute money through their crowd-sourcing campaign:
www.crowdrise.com/helpusbuyandstayinou

2. Make a tax-deductible donation through Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA): medasf.org/get-involved/donate/make-a-donation/

Please designate : 344-348 Precita in the last box that says: “This donation should go to which program”

3. Invest $10,000 or more in a 12 month loan for which you will be paid back with 5% interest. For more information on how to make a $10,000+ loan, please contact: Karoleen Feng, kfeng@medasf.org and be sure to include Susan Cervantes - susan@precitaeyes.org in your email.