Artists to Occupy block of Mission Fri., Nov. 25, in support of UN day to end gender violence
More than a dozen artists will “occupy” the block on which the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is located (2868 Mission Street, SF) this Friday in support of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The “artivist” demonstration begins at 11 am, concludes at 2 pm, and will include “living tableau, an altar, a table with chair on top with a living models, women taped to walls with pink crosses, signs, information, live action drawing and painting,” according to curator René Yañez of SF’s SOMArts Cultural Center.
The growing list of artists who will occupy the block include Yañez, Yolanda Lopez, Ester Hernandez, Cynthia Tom and Hersalia Cantoral. Various performers, writers and musicians will also lend their support.
The artist occupation precedes the press conference that begins at noon Friday, Nov. 25, at The Mission Cultural Center, during which community leaders will address issues behind the UN day. Speakers include Mona Lisa Wallace; board member of the National Organization for Women; Mabel Aguilar, social services coordinator for La Raza Community Resource Center; event organizer MamaKoatl discussing her campaign to get femicide in the curriculum in San Francisco schools, and other community leaders. Mujeres Unidas y Activas (http://www.mujeresunidas.net) of SF and Oakland, will announce their Spanish-language sexual-assault crisis line: 415-431-ALMA. KPOO Radio personality Chelis Lopez will MC the press conference, which concludes at 2 pm.
— Steve Taylor