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Balmy Alley Mural Block Party

A celebration of 30 years of Murals on SF’s most colorful block
By - posted 10/19/2014 No Comment

Thirty years ago, 34 artists painted 26 murals in the Mission District’s Balmy Alley to express their opposition to U.S. intervention in Central America and to celebrate Mission Culture and Identity. They called themselves the PLACA Collective (PLACA signifies “to leave a mark” among other meanings).

Join the community Sunday, October 19, 2014 from, 2-9pm along Balmy Alley for a big grass roots celebration block party. There will be live mural painting and restoration, dance performances, music, and a film screening at 7pm of “These Walls Speaks” a short documentary film.

Also see the unveiling at 4pm of Miranda and O’Brian’s restoration of the mural “Culture Contains the Seeds of Resistance.”

Balmy Alley Community Celebration
Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 2-9pm
Balmy Alley – Between 24th/25th Streets and Harrison/Treat Streets

  • Art & Mural Painting (2-4pm)
  • Printmaking (2-4pm)
  • Free Health Clinic (2-4pm)
  • Mural Unveiling “Cultural Contains the Seed” (4pm)
  • Dance Performances – African drum & hipop + Cucacalli Dance (5:45pm)
  • Film Screening “These Walls Speak” (7pm)

1984 Mural Restoration Project

This is “Culture Contains the Seed of Resistance That Blossoms into the Flower of Liberation.” Originally painted in 1984 it has faded over time and two of the original artists, are restoring it set to be unveiled at this celebration. Read more on Indigogo and SF Gate.

Source: Galeria de la Raza, Balmy Alley Real History and Precita Eyes