About our Panelists:
Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito (Artist, Teacher, and Activist )
Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito is a Mexican-American artist, teacher, and activist born and raised in the San Francisco Mission District. As a Chicana growing up in a Latino neighborhood that has been vastly impacted by gentrification, Lucia felt it her duty from a young age to focus on cultural/political themes in her artwork. As a muralist, she directed and designed the Mission Makeover Mural, 25 foot mural that covers issues of wealth and displacement in the Mission neighborhood, and the Women of the Resistance mural, depicting 38 women activists; both murals in San Francisco’s Balmy Alley. She was a lead collaborator on the most recent and largest mural of the Latino Cultural District, Alto al Fuego en la Mision, honoring the life of Amilcar Perez Lopez, above the Calle24 offices on 24th and Capp streets. Internationally, Lucia co-created a 5′ x 5′ tile mural for a youth organization in the Dheisheh Refugee camp in Palestine.
Richard Rothman (Historian)
Richard Rothman is a native San Franciscan photographer specializing in advocacy for the murals of the New Deal Era. A longtime supporter of SF Heritage, he first joined the organization as a docent in the late 1970s, and more recently worked with us to landmark the Mothers Building (located in the San Francisco Zoo).