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Wrapping Up a Fantastic Program Year!

ArtSeed’s 2011-2012 programming year was our most successful yet. We served children, youth and their communities through our in-school classes, public exhibitions and events, and Open Studios and private lessons, all of which feed into our unique Studio Apprenticeship Program.

Timely partnerships continue to expand ArtSeed’s reach. Besides collaborations with the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Shipyard Trust for the Arts Open Studios, ArtSpan Open Studios and Pine United Methodist Church, this year we were one of 75 Tribute Partners chosen by the Highway and Transportation District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to plan and produce the northern California-wide 75th Anniversary program for the Golden Gate Bridge festivities.

As a program partner, ArtSeed has received substantial visibility through the Conservancy’s website and their “75 Tributes” marketing campaign and social media initiatives, estimated to reach more than one million households in 2012. Our year-end exhibition, 75 Reasons Why We Are The Bridge!, was our most ambitious and well-received show ever. ArtSeed has been asked to present samples from the Thoreau Center exhibition at Fort Mason this coming October.

We look forward to the upcoming 2012-2013 programming year, (our working theme is Art, Food, and Well-being), where we will explore how food production and consumption shapes the world, our communities and our bodies. ArtSeed is already off to a great start with its first full-time Program Coordinator, Charles “Trey” Houston, long-term intern Diane Japadjief, and grant writing volunteer Russell Brent. We are presently compiling a comprehensive Outline of Activities for 2011-2012 that will feed into this programming year’s final report, available on our new website by the end of 2012. Read on for other recent ArtSeed highlights!

THE THOREAU CENTER EXHIBITION – This show was a marvelous success. We are grateful to the professional artists who worked with four new apprentices on two of eleven amazing banners that were central to the installation of 75+ pieces. We particularly wish to acknowledge students, staff and parents of Leola Havard Early Education School, not to mention Diane Japadjief, for her extensive and humorous catalog! MORE PHOTOS

Leola Havard Early Education School– Congratulations to teaching Artist Nicole Gelormino and her assistant Sophie Silverstein for their work with the Pre-K students, and to teachers Betty Robinso-Harris and Lupe Navarro plus their paraprofessionals. ArtSeed’s after school arts program was central to Takayuki Yamamoto’s provocative installation for the Asian Art Museum’s ground-breaking exhibition Phantoms of Asia. READ MORE

Sherman Elementary School – We also thank Marissa Kunz for her work with Sherman Elementary, and their wonderful collaborations for the Asian Art Museum project. We could not have done this without the continuing involvement of Sherman Elementary children and parents. Marissa and her students won the California Arts Council Facebook photo contest! READ MORE

THE FINE ARTS SUMMER INTENSIVE – Thirteen children participated in this week-long camp. Younger and older children were paired and were led by professional artists to engage in several disciplines of art making. Nutritious food was enjoyed by all, and new friendships were created during this amazing week. MORE PHOTOS
AFFILIATE ARTISTS – We are extremely grateful to our many volunteers and artists who participated in the set up of the Open Studios and final exhibition. Warmest thanks to ArtSeed’s Affiliate Artist-in-Residence at our Hunter Point Shipyard Studio, Marlon Ingram and his student Joseph Aponte. SPRING OPEN STUDIOS PHOTOS

ART-A-THON – This year’s Art-a-thon raised more funds for ArtSeed than in past years. We owe thanks to all who supported us through the entire day, and to the array of bands, food donations, and new creative stations. Also, we send big thanks, once again, to members of our Youth Council, who were integral to putting this event together.

APPRENTICESHIPS & OTHER YOUTH INVOLVEMENT – Our Fall Open Studios was more successful than ever, thanks to our active Youth Council. A tip of the hat to them, our apprentices and their mentoring artists, along with other youngsters and artists who contributed to the Art-a-thon and other outreach events. For a dynamite first half of a year-long commitment, kudos to apprentices Kali Richardson, Emoni and Lemoni Tillman, Alexa Avila and Jade Kikuchi who have been working with Aoi Yamaguchi, Caroline Liddell, and Josefa Vaughan plus other guest artists. FALL OPEN STUDIOS PHOTOS

April 2012, “Enhancing Childhood Education by Training in Drawing and Fine Art” by Thomas Figg

Chronicle of Philanthropy, Volume XXIV, No. 13, May 31, 2012, The Tool Kit, News, Advice, and Resources for Nonprofit Workers. “Smart Ways to Attract Money and Friends by Creating Fun Events” by Michelle Gienow