Galería de la Raza (GDLR) is a non-profit art gallery and artist collective that serves the heavily-Latino population of San Francisco's Mission District. GDLR mounts exhibitions, hosts poetry readings, workshops, and celebrations, sells works of art, and sponsors youth and artist-in-residence programs. Exhibitions mounted at the Galería tend to feature the work of minority and developing country artists and concern issues of ethnic history, identity, and social justice. The Galería was founded by Chicano Movement artists Ralph Maradiaga and others in 1970 as a place for Mexican American and other Latino artists to show their work. It developed into a community arts center that painted many murals, sponsored youth programs, and gained national and international recognition for its commitment to serving underrepresented communities.
In 1972, GDLR relocated to a space on the corner of 24th and Bryant, where it has remained ever since. There, artists appropriated a street-level billboard just outside the gallery which became the canvas for a succession of murals featuring announcements of exhibits, cultural activities, and positive social messages. In 1980, the Galería opened Studio 24 to sell works of affordable art for the members of the community. The same year marked an expansion in the range of topics covered by Galería artists and in GDLR exhibitions. Broadening their horizons from the Chicano Movement, artists began focussing on international issues such as Apartheid in South Africa and United States support for Central American dictators.