Gutierrez, who died after a 12-year battle with liver cancer in December 2013, was an inspiration of strength and cultural pride for Latinos and Latinas. Born and raised in the Mission District, for more than 40 years she gifted listeners of KPOO her radio show, “Con Clave”, which was the winner of SF Weekly’s Best Salsa Radio Show in 2000. The Chata Mural Project aims to showcase Gutierrez’s cultivation of heritage through an honorary mural by Carlos Kookie Gonzalez — and the proposed location: The Mission.
Gonzalez, who is also a Mission native, originally painted the mural as artwork for a poster used in a 2009 fundraising campaign to support the ill Gutierrez. READ MORE.
Gonzalez talked about the fundraising effort at the SF Engage meeting in February. He said then that they would like the mural to be in the space next to the popular Carnaval mural above the House of Brakes. Efforts are underway to restore that mural as well.