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Who we featured

Cathy Arellano

From her webpage “a Queer Xicana who grew up in a large, Mexican, working class family in the Center of the Universe, San Francisco’s Mission District.” Fun fact: She also told me that she grew up taking Muni and actually wrote some of her poetry while riding muni. We featured her poetry in a special 2010 issue of El Tecolote – (attached) check out page 8 for her poem “If you can’t on Mission Street”  and she also recently participated in Paseo Artístico in April 2019. 

DJ Leydis

Afro-Cuban DJ who has participated at Paseo Artístico multiple times and who will also participate in our SF MOMA Mini Murals festival in two weeks! DJ Leydis co-created the first all-female DJ mixtape in Cuba, contributing a special blend of new flavor and spirit to the international community. In 2006 DJ Leydis migrated to the United States to expand upon her work as a DJ and has worked with Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, and other iconic US-based artists. We featured her in El Tecolote in 2019 as part of her performance in Paul’s play “We Have Ire”.  I hope to also feature her on Radio Teco in the near future! 

 Juan Gonzales

aka “The Grand Owl,” our beloved founder whom we know and recognize 🙂

 Francisco Herrera

Legendary singer-songwriter who we have covered in El Tecolote. He is regarded locally as one of San Francisco’s best “trovadores” who is well known for his music of resistance and interfaith community organizing. He’s also been a long-time cohost on “La Onda Bajita” on KPFA and currently serves as Co-Director of the Day Labor Program & Women’s Collective at Dolores Street Community Services.

Calixto Robles

A Mission Maestro via Oaxaca, we have profiled him in El Tecolote many times, he’s led screenprinting workshops at Paseo Artistico and prior to the pandemic we were working on hosting a solo show titled “Water is Life/ Agua es Vida” highlighting indigenous connections to Mother Nature.

 Francisco Herrera

Legendary singer-songwriter who we have covered in El Tecolote. He is regarded locally as one of San Francisco’s best “trovadores” who is well known for his music of resistance and interfaith community organizing. He’s also been a long-time cohost on “La Onda Bajita” on KPFA and currently serves as Co-Director of the Day Labor Program & Women’s Collective at Dolores Street Community Services.

Who designed them

Chiara Di Martino

From her website “a talented and enthusiastic illustrator and graphic designer with expertise in the service, public sector, publications, academia and healthcare industries. Recognized for her thirst for knowledge, ability to finish tasks well before deadlines, and unending positivity.”