Good news! Precita Eyes Muralists secured the rest of the donations necessary to restore The Hope for the World Cure Mural, so we've turned off our GoFundMe, and are holding a community meeting at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Library at 4:30pm on Saturday 5/28 to discuss next steps.
Painted in 1998, The Hope for the World Cure mural commemorates the Castro community's struggle with the AIDS pandemic in vivid colors and rich detail.
In the 24 years since the mural was painted as an Arts Commission-funded collaboration between Precita Eyes Muralists Association and Art From the Heart Heals, it has become an important historical and cultural asset to the community. Unfortunately, it has also been subjected to repeated vandalism and faded over time.
Precita Eyes Muralists Founding Director Susan Cervantes, lead artist and director of The Hope for a World Cure project, is partnering with the office of District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to raise $55,000 to fully restore the mural. Restoration will include a strong conservation quality varnish to protect the mural from UV light and pollutants and a graffiti shield that should last decades.