VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMS
Galería’s exhibition program documents the evolving discourse of Latino art and culture. Galería organizes five to six exhibitions annually that feature contemporary Chicano/Latino art in innovative, critical and challenging ways. Galería’s exhibitions also foster interdisciplinary models in which visual artists can interact and dialogue with a variety of individuals working in other fields or media such as performance artist, spoken-word, cultural activism, cultural studies, science, etc.
Related interpretive activities such as The Artists in Conversation series, consisting of intergenerational dialogues between an established Latino artist and a younger peer, serve as an interactive forum of oral history, as well as a meeting ground where different generations can obtain a simultaneous glimpse of the legacy and the future of Latino/Chicano art.
Galería often extends its exhibition and public programs through collaborations with local, national and international organizations.
Galería’s online archive traces its exhibition and program history since its founding. The archive includes documentation on exhibitions, curatorial essays, artists bios, and reproduction of relevant artworks and archival materials, when available.
DIGITAL MURAL PROGRAM
The Digital Mural Program (DMP) encourages the use of the latest digital technology to create innovative public art. Building on Galería's decades-long history of painting murals in San Francisco's Mission District, the DMP seeks to push the mural tradition forward through the use of new technologies to address issues confronting the Latino communities. Initiated by artist/activist John Jota Leaños and Galería, the series of digital murals has demonstrated technical sophistication, visual boldness and strong political content. Some of the themes explored by the murals include the gentrification of San Francisco's Mission District, historical amnesia, the history of cultural displacement in the Mission, queer Latina issues and racial profiling.
LUNADA LITERARY LOUNGE
The Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.
Lunada occurs every full moon regardless of the night of the week that the full moon rises on. Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm, show starts at 7:30pm.
YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT
The Youth Media Project (YMP) is an experiential arts education program engaging youth in the creation of art and in the examination of their immediate communities’ social, cultural and political life. Since 2002, the Galería has been operating the YMP in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Institute (SFAI) and Mission District-based high schools. Its primary objective is on training Latino youth in digital media in order to help them bridge the persistent "digital divide" and provide them with tools they can later develop professionally.
GINAA (Grantwriting for Indigenous and Native American Artists) is a capacity-building and commissioning grant program for Native artists living in the greater Bay Area. Launched in 2009, Galería awards up to five commission grants annually for projects to be presented and exhibited at Galería de la Raza.
THE REGEN ARTIST FUND
The ReGen Artist Fund is a small grants program that seeks to provide Latino artists the grant writing and artistic program planning skills to write competitive proposals and to access government and foundation arts funding. The workshop presenters will explore strategies to make artistic projects compelling, to design projects that address the funders’ priorities, to target and reach an audience and to develop a budget, a work sample and a biographical summary. By the workshop’s conclusion, all participants will have completed a proposal draft and will have an additional two weeks to submit a final application to Galería.