The Chata Mural Project
The legacy of the late Chata Gutierrez, radio personality and salsa DJ on KPOO and KPFA, remains in the forefront for Mission District locals.
Gutierrez, who died after a 12-year battle with liver cancer in December 2013, was an inspiration of strength and cultural pride for Latinos and Latinas. Born and raised in the Mission District, for more than 40 years she gifted listeners of KPOO her radio show, "Con Clave", which was the winner of SF Weekly's Best Salsa Radio Show in 2000. The Chata Mural Project aims to showcase Gutierrez's cultivation of heritage through an honorary mural by Carlos Kookie Gonzalez -- and the proposed location: The Mission.
Gonzalez, who is also a Mission native, originally painted the mural as artwork for a poster used in a 2009 fundraising campaign to support the ill Gutierrez. Now Gonzalez, along with supporters of the Chata Mural Project, ask the community to support them as they plan to turn the artwork into a long lasting mural. In total, they need $25,000 for supplies and permits.