Following Up on the Diego Rivera Mural at SFAI

Hello Again SFAI Adjuncts and Community Members

We are writing with what we believe is a hopeful development regarding the future of the Diego Rivera mural. (You can read our previous email here)

We met yesterday with the staff of SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin. On Tuesday, Supervisor Peskin introduced local legislation that aims to secure the Diego’s status as an historical landmark. Should this legislation pass, SFAI will not be able to sell the mural without seeking approval from the Historical Preservation Commission. We learned at this meeting that both Governor Newsom and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are aware of SFAI’s current troubles and concerned about the school’s future. This means there is broad support for preserving this important mural in place. The SF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is taking up the issue on Monday at 1:30 PST. We want as many of you to attend and, if you feel inclined, to offer public comment in support of Supervisor Peskin’s legislation to protect the Diego. Head over to this page for the Zoom link to the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Our elected leaders agree with us: An artwork’s value is not limited to its market price. We continue to call on the SFAI Board to resign, as we believe they have not demonstrated the vision to strategize a way forward that does not involve selling the school and the city’s heritage. We stand ready to work with the members of the SFAI Reimagine Committee and the community broadly to build an equitable and sustainable future for SFAI. 

We also want to remind you of our upcoming meeting next Tuesday, January 12 at 7 PM. The link is below. We will provide a forum for people to share their thoughts on the future of the school and discuss our next steps.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://seiu1021.zoom.us/j/83594144256
Meeting ID: 835 9414 4256
Passcode: 935950 
Have a look at some of the articles published as a result of our previous email:

The New York Times
Artforum
Mission Local
Artnet
ARTnews

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