|20th Anniversary Statement|
by Galería staff 1990
Galería de la Raza/Studio 24 is a non-profit community-based arts organization located on 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Board of Directors and Staff are proud to be entering our 21st year of presenting innovative, relevant exhibitions and cultural programs and providing community service in the arts.
From its beginning in 1970 as an experimental gallery begun by a group of young local artist active in the Chicano Arts Movement, Galeria de la Raza has grown to become known and respected locally, nationally and internationally. Over the years the storefront gallery has become a showcase for new talent, established artists, folk artisans, and exhibitions built around themes that uniquely blend the cultural roots of the Chicano/Latino community with the cutting edge of artistic expression. Art forms as diverse as painting and performance, video and altarmaking, traditional weaving and graffiti art can be seen and experienced at Galería de la Raza. The outdoor billboard provides a space for Galeria artists to announce the exhibits and community events. The creative displays in the windows of the gallery and the shop share the art inside with the pedestrian traffic of 24th Street.
STUDIO 24 is the fold art annex of the gallery. Located next door, the annex offers a diverse inventory of folk art from Mexico, South and Central America as well as the American Southwest. Formal and informal exhibits of folk art are presented at the studio.
Products from local artists are also exhibited and sold. The selection of toys, textiles, jewelry, prints, cards, clothing, pottery, paper cutouts, and literature for children and adults in Spanish and English have made Studio 24 a uniquely popular location for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Earned income from items sold in the annex support the gallery.
Galería de la Raza is proud of its history and achievements—among them the early showcasing of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her work; our successful outreach to a multicultural audience; our early support of the Mural Movement; the establishing of Dia de los Muertos as an important cultural event in North America; the formation of a community-based exhibitions committee; and the introduction of multi-media technologies in exhibits often based in age-old expressions.
The Galeria has been a model for many community-based galleries in the U.S.