Guide to San Francisco’s Mission District Murals
The Mission District is a virtual outdoor art gallery full of vibrant murals. Throughout the neighborhood, hundreds of walls and fences are adorned with colorful works of art featuring themes ranging from cultural heritage to social political statements. Best viewed on foot, take a stroll over to these locations for an up-close experience:
Between 24th St. and 25th St., and Treat St. and Harrison St.
Murals first appeared along Balmy Alley in the mid-1980s as an expression of outrage over human rights and political abuse in central America. Today, themes have expanded to include human rights violations, gentrification and Hurricane Katrina.
Between 17th St. and 18th St., and Mission St. and Valencia St.
Inspired by Balmy Alley and other murals around the neighborhood, Clarion Alley is known for community and arts activities. This collection of murals reflect a variety of art styles and often depict themes of social inclusiveness.
The Women’s Building MaestraPeace Mural
3543 18th St., San Francisco
The Women’s Building is internationally recognized for its MaestraPeace Mural, which honors women’s contributions from around the world. Painted in 1994 across two walls, this mural is the result of multi-cultural, multi-generational collaboration between seven women artists.
24th St., and South Van Ness Ave.
Known as “Golden Dreams of the Mission,” the Carnaval Mural located above the House of Breaks on the corner of 24th St., and South Van Ness Ave., recently completed its restoration, giving the 24-foot-high, 75-foot-wide mural a needed face-lift. Originally painted in 1983 by muralist Daniel Galvez with the help of local artists Dan Fontes, Keith Sklar, Jaime Morgan, Eduardo Pineda and Jan Sheild, the painting depicts the energy and spirit from the first Carnaval event in 1979.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitor Center
2981 24th St., San Francisco
Many people looking to explore the area murals come to the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitor Center, and it’s no wonder why: This community-based non-profit is filled with works by local artists and offers self-guided and guided tours that cover mural history, cultural and historical significance.