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Women's Building is at 3543 18th St. (at Lapidge St.). This community center in the Mission District, founded in 1971, is owned and operated by women, provides community social services and programs, and has event space for rent. Its multiethnic and multicultural purpose is embodied by MaestraPeace, the stunning mural that completely covers two of the four-story building's exterior walls. The work of seven female artists, this mural is as educational and inspirational as it is visually striking, embracing the historical contributions of women as well as their healing power and wisdom.

Among the well-known real-life figures depicted are painter Georgia O'Keeffe and Caribbean American writer and poet Audre Lorde, along with feminine archetypes like East Asian devotional figure Quan Yin. Particularly noteworthy is the way the art is seamlessly integrated with structural elements like windows and doors. You can pick up an informational key inside and also support the building's mission by purchasing a T-shirt or some note cards.

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