Mural Muses Project

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MURAL MUSES public mural project conceptualized during Asian American Women Artists Association’s 25th anniversary in 2014 originally as the first mural dedicated to Asian American women in the arts. Fulfilling our mission to ensure the visibility and documentation of Asian American women artists, AAWAA is now commissioning a public mural in partnership with Frank McCoppin Elementary School located in San Francisco’s Richmond District by muralists Cece Carpio, Franceska Gamez, and lead artist Erin Yoshi. Muralists are working with AAWAA artists members and Frank McCoppin students and families, as well as greater Richmond neighborhood community members to create a collective mural that will:

  • Commission public art to invest in San Francisco’s arts and culture by adding cultural value and beauty to the Richmond District
  • Transform public space to honor and reflect the legacy and contributions of both Asian American women artists and the Richmond District community
  • Provide inspiration for younger generations of artists and creatives


The mural will be completed September 2017.



Melanie Elvena, Project Director

Aaron Yen, Community Liaison

Erin Yoshi, Lead Artist

Franceska Gamez, Artist

Cece Carpio, Artist


This project is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission through its Special Project Grant and the generous contributions of our donors from our Mural Muses Crowdfunding Campaign:


Kathleen Bancod

Arlene Biala

TJ Basa

Ellen Bepp

Ann Chee

Michele Chee

Catherine Choy

Lisa Chiu

Jennifer Chu

Desi Danganan

Shari DeBoer

Melanie Elvena

Rose Elvena

Kathy Fujii-Oka

Kalvin Henely

Nancy Hom

Shirley Huey

Bonnie Kwong

Eva Lee

Michelle A. Lee

Diana Li

Cathy C. Lu

Charlotte Makoff

Jamie Mancini

Eric Mar

Oliver Mok

Katie O’Connell


Katherine Salazar-Poss

Shizue Seigel

Cindy Shih

Judy Shintanti

Jason Su

Karen Ta

Irene Wibawa

Darnell Witt

Sarah Wong

Denis Yap

All of our Anonymous Backers


Interested in participating in this project or have further questions? Please contact AAWAA’s Programs Manager and Project Direcotr, Melanie Elvena, at