The restored mural. Photo by Lou Dematteis

Below is the press release and here is a story on the history of the mural. 

The Carnaval Mural Restoration Committee is announcing the completion of the Iconic Carnaval Mural restoration.  A mural re dedication community celebration will take place in San Francisco’s Mission District on Sunday, December 14 at 1 PM on the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 24th Street.

The Celebration will include, SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, Jose B. Cuellar, Los Peludos,
Danza Azteca, Energia De Samba, and Sounds of Brazil.

The Carnaval Mural is one of the most important public art projects in the Mission District.  Throughout the years, the mural has become a symbol of history, culture, artistic expression and pride. For some people it is “the Golden Dreams of La Mision” and for others it is “the joy of life coming into the streets.”  It has been more than 30 years since the iconic Carnaval Mural was originally painted; today the restoration is complete.  With funds from the City Community Challenge Grant, artists had the ability to undertake a much needed restoration project.  The committee has been able to reunite most of the original artist that worked on the mural more than 30 years ago to restore this piece of history.

The Carnaval Mural is a focal point of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

The restoration committee includes:  muralist Daniel Galvez, photo journalist and filmmaker Lou Dematteis, project coordinator Mauricio Aviles, the Calle 24 Merchants Association, Mission Housing Development Corporation (who is acting as the project’s Fiscal Agent), Supervisor David Campos and community leaders.

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