Photo courtesy of Saif Shaikh.

Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Campos will be speaking today, Friday, as part of a three-day event by the international graffiti group Mind Above Matter. Lee and Campos will be speaking at the Mission Cultural Center to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the book Spraycan Art, the first to document the spread of New York-style graffiti worldwide in the late 1980s. Co-author James Prigoff will also be be present.

Mission Art 415 will be hosting the events for the next three days, including graffiti art on Osage, Lilac, and Cypress streets off of 24th. Some complimentary food and beverage will be provided, as well as 2,500 cans of spray paint for artists courtesy of German Loop Paint, and some other art supplies will be available. Live entertainment is also promised.

Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

From the website:

MOS finally returns to the Westcoast. The Bay-Area has a strong, vivid and diverse Graffiti-Mural-Art history and scene. Be prepared for a three-day event with lots of art, music and freshness!

The place to be the Mission District, commonly called “The Mission”, is a neighborhood in San Francisco named after the oldest building of San Fran, which is located in the neighborhood. Numerous artistic and cultural institutions are based here. Mission Art 415 is proudly hosting the Meeting of Styles in San Francisco, from 10-8 daily, rain or shine.

Spot is Lilac Street 24th block! The street permits are in order to close off 6 city blocks and with a 3 day entertainment schedule. This is going to be the celebration of the year! Original Bay-Old-School-Legend Crayone is creating the MOS flyer to add the Spray Can Art event with James Prigoff and speaking panel: Mark Bode, Vouge, Crayone & Nate 1, September 19, 2015 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts from noon-8pm.

Mission Art 415 is celebrating the 28th anniversary of Spraycan Art with author James Prigoff at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts September 18, from 12-6 with a meet and greet book signing along with a guest speaker panel consisting of Mark Bode, Cuba, Eon, Nate1, Crayone and Vogue. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art has been Mission Art 415’s fiscal sponsor since 2008. SF Mayor Ed Lee is the keynote speaker along with SFPD, SF Dept of Public Works and the Mission District 9 Supervisor David Campos and Street Art SF’s Jane Bregman.

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Joe was born in Sweden, where half of his family received asylum after fleeing Pinochet, and spent his early childhood in Chile; he moved to Oakland when he was eight. He attended Stanford University for political science and worked at Mission Local as a reporter after graduating. He then spent time in advocacy as a partner for the strategic communications firm The Worker Agency. He rejoined Mission Local as an editor in 2023.

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