The Carnaval Committee first met in March 1979. There were six original members: Adela Chu (dancer/teacher), Marcus Gordon
(master percussionist/music director), Pam Minor (Costume Bank), Sir Lawrence Washington (conceptual artist), Lou DeMatteis
(photographer) and Carole Deutch. They named the event Carnaval San Francisco, and decided to create a multi-cultural, multi-tradition
event that reflected the diversity of the bay area, with emphasis on artistic quality and community participation.
By 1983, the event had outgrown the grass roots structure and minimally funded organization. After 1983 the original founders
stepped back and left the decision about next steps to Mission Neighborhood Centers. Carnaval continues to be an annual event
drawing large crowds in San Francisco.
Carole Deutch was the Director of Precita Valley Community Center from 1974–1980, located in Bernal Heights, one of three
Mission Neighborhood Centers. Precita Center focused on activities for youth, offering many social and cultural programs.
She moved into the neighborhood in 1968 and still lives there today.
1 carton, 2 pamphlet boxes, 1 oversized box.
(3 Cubic Feet)
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