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Balmy Alley information
Inspired by Diego Rivera's 1930s San Francisco murals and outraged by US foreign policy in Central America, Mission artists set out in the 1970s to transform the political landscape, one mural-covered garage door at a time. Balmy Alley brought personal perspectives to international events, with Mujeres Muralistas (Women Muralists) and Placa ('mark-making') transforming back-alley fences into a united artistic front.
Today, a one-block walk down Balmy Alley leads past three decades of murals, from an early memorial for El Salvador activist Archbishop Óscar Romero to an homage to Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe and other pioneering women modern artists. Precita Eyes restores these murals, commissions new ones by San Francisco artists and runs muralist-led tours that cover 50 to 70 Mission murals within an eight-block radius of Balmy Alley. On November 1, the annual Mission parade Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) begins here.