For years, the Precita Center has been a cultural institution, education center, and neighborhood hangout for kids and young adults in the Mission and beyond. Faced with funding cuts, writer and educator Gabe Martinez—who manages the center’s GED program—started organizing a quarterly arts and music show to raise money for students who need to pay for testing fees.
The GED program at the Precita Center has assisted hundreds of students over the years. This year, the program had 22 graduates, who will continue on to college, work programs, and paths to improve their lives. Gabe hopes the upcoming arts and music event, Stories in the Making II, will raise funds to keep the program going.
For the August 6 show, he’s rounded up poets like James Cagney and Sojari Bradley, local musicians, and a live band: an assortment of performers who will come together for an evening of creative collaboration. I toured the center with Gabe, along with poet and performer Myron Michael, who will host the show.
Some photographs from the center, the rear yard, and its new garden:
Saturday, August 6
534 Precita Avenue (nearest cross street: Alabama)
San Francisco, CA
Doors: 7:00 pm
Open Mic: 7:30-8:00 pm
Featured Performers: 8:00 pm
There will be food, drinks, and a raffle, too.
Can’t make it? Consider donating by sending a check of any amount to: Precita Center; c/o GED Program; 534 Precita Avenue; San Francisco, CA 94110.
Read more about the GED program—and recent graduates—via the Stories in the Making blog.