Each week, the interns at SAF get together for a time of enrichment and reflection. Last Thursday, the intern coordinator arranged for the five of us to tour Balmy Alley in the Mission District to see the variety of murals painted by local artists. The newest mural that is under construction is called Mission Makeover. This mural is the first designed and painted by Lucia Ippolito, who includes topics such as gentrification, exclusion, racial profiling and discrimination in her mural. She states, “[The mural is meant] to exorcise a few demons from our current times and to educate us about some basic uncomfortable truths that are rampant in our society.”
It is evident that Lucia Ippolito and her mural were placed here in order to be a positive force for her neighborhood. Although her mural is not even complete, many people are flocking to the alley to become better educated about the issues occurring in the Mission and other similar neighborhoods throughout the country and to be a cause for social change.