SF District Attorney George Gascón to Give Keynote Speech at Mural Music & Arts Project Event @Twitter

September 4
th, 2014
Twitter: @GeorgeGascon

Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931
Stephanie Ong Stillman (415) 553-1167
Maxwell Szabo (415) 553-9089



SAN FRANCISCO – This evening, District Attorney George Gascón will be the featured keynote speaker at a community celebration for the Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP), a youth development organization that empowers youth through participation in the arts.  Hosted by Twitter at their headquarters in San Francisco, the celebration will feature MMAP’s young artists who will perform their new release “My City” on Spotify and will present a visual art exhibit entitled “Faces of My City” to District Attorney George Gascón.

Inspiring youth through arts and music teaches young people the direct link between self-empowerment and educational success,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We will proudly exhibit the MMAP mural at the Hall of Justice as a reminder that the whole community benefits when we invest in the next generation.”

The artwork will be on exhibit at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice starting on October 1st, after being displayed at Twitter’s headquarters. The art was developed at the YMCA in the Tenderloin through programs that teach graffiti, turntablism, music production, lyricism, and painting.  The mixed media installation includes seven canvases with maps, text, and portraits of youth.

“Today’s celebration is an example of a successful collaboration between the tech industry, government agencies, and community organizations,” said Sonya Clark-Herrera, Executive Director of MMAP.  “We are very proud of this collaboration and hope to see more partnerships that result in positive opportunities for our youth.”

The community celebration begins at 5:30pm where MMAP will honor individuals for their contributions to building community including Attorney General Kamala Harris; Chuck Collins, the CEO at YMCA of San Francisco; John Murray, a Board Member at the San Francisco Foundation; Theodore Miller, the Policy and Government Affairs Manager at the SF PUC; Mo Tracey, Business Operations and Community Outreach at Spotify; and Jennifer K. Romanek, a Senior Financial Analyst of Revenue Forecasting and Analytics at Twitter. District Attorney George Gascón will deliver his keynote speech to the expected 200 people in attendance at 6:30pm.

The Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP) began in 2001, employing local teens to design and create murals. MMAP works to impact youth and their community by giving them creative outlets to develop their intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and empathy while promoting workforce development through employment.  Young MMAP artists have created nearly 150 murals and produced 90 original songs.