Outside touch up to prepare for inside extension.

The women muralists who covered two sides and four stories of the Women’s Building in 1994 are in the process of extending the well-known mural inside and up to the second floor stairway.

The project will be completed in September in time for the building’s 30th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the MaestraPeace Mural that dominates the outside of the building on 18th and Lapidge streets.

Outside touch up to prepare for inside extension.
Soon to be covered with a new mural.

Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez were the lead artists on the first mural and are undertaking this one as well, according to the receptionist.

To raise funds, the project is also seeking $150 donations to have the name of a woman you would like honored placed in the new mural.

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