About the Grant

$16,000 to support The Mission Toor (MAP 2005), a mobile public art project designed to reveal the richness of the social and political history, diverse cultures and contemporary life of San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District, by writer/performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and composer/sound artist Guillermo Galindo.

About the Project

The Mission Toor is a more ambitious project and will feature live performances by local artists in the role of tour guides. The Mexican Bus is our chosen venue because of its cultural significance. Created in 1990 by visual artists Toni Hafter and Lalo Obregon for Festival 2000, this mobile public artwork was inspired by stories of Mexico City bus drivers whose work demanded they be confined to their buses up to 16 hours a day. The tour will depart from The LAB's gallery space and take place aboard The Mexican Bus. Part site-specific performance, part art installation and part tourist attraction, the itinerary will encompass many of the historical sites, landmarks and contemporary hot spots in San Francisco’s Mission District. The goal of this project is to offer a unique arts experience by local artists that is both educational and entertaining. The Mission Toor will explore the variety of forces that have defined this distinctive neighborhood over the years.

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