SCRIPTIE

Titel: Community, Preservation, and Street Art: A Proposal for San Francisco’s Mission District
Auteur: Marissa Irene Nadeau
Datum: 2018
Onderwijs: Department of Art + Architecture University of San Francisco

Introductie:

The Latinx1 community is an integral part of San Francisco’s rich history. From
Mexican missions in the late 1700s to an influx of immigrants from various Latin
countries starting in the early 1900s, the Mission District (‘the Mission’) of San Francisco
has served as a hub for this mix of residents, fondly called “Raza,” emphasizing the
people of a community rather than the country they have come from. Wars and issues
dealt in their homelands were close to the hearts of the entirety of the Latinx population
of the Mission, and their voices and opinions were heard through a type of street art very
important throughout marginalized communities: murals. Due to the economics of the
region, gentrification becomes an increasing threat to the Latinx community in San
Francisco; I believe that this form of mass communication starting in the 1970s was a
way for the community’s collective voice to be heard, and is now more important than
ever within the neighborhood’s pursuits of cultural activism. This capstone seeks to
address the lack of historically and culturally accurate materials available to the public
that address the murals of the Mission. Through the development of a multi-lingual
foldable map and bilingual tours, tourists and residents alike will be provided information
compiled by members of the community on the importance behind the murals to the
preservation of the Latinx community. This proposal aims to provide new insight as to
how museum studies can contribute to the discussion of the theorization of street art, and how this project can assist in the vitalization of the Latinx community of the Mission.

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