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Local Voices S3 E5: Susan Cervantes

Through a collaborative art process, Cervantes is dedicated to social change by transforming the environment and lives of the participants through the creation of community murals.

In the early 70’s Cervantes was influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first women’s mural collective in the Mission District. Inspired Susan continues to practice the collaborative process as a key to community awareness and positive transformation

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Susan Kelk Cervantes is an artist, educator, and veteran of the SF community mural art movement.  She is the founding director of Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States creating over 600 murals locally and internationally. Cervantes is responsible for numerous collaborative community murals considered some of the finest in the Bay Area such as Leonard Flynn Elementary School, Mission Playground Pool, Precita Valley Community Center, Bayview Foundation, San Francisco Women’s Building, and many others. 

Learn more about Susan Cervantes and the work of Precita Eyes Muralists.

Credits in order:

Precita Eyes Muralists, Charles Drew Elementary School Tile Mosaic and Acrylic Painting Project, 2011. Photo Courtesy of Susan Cervantes.
Susan Cervantes, Si Se Puede, 1995.
Precita Eyes Muralists, Community Spirit and Legacy of Precita Eyes. Photo Courtesy of Susan Cervantes.
Precita Eyes Muralists, Presente: A Tribute to the Mission Community Mural, 2015. Photo Courtesy of Susan Cervantes

About Local Voices

Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.