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ArtSeed 2020 Theme:

Zombies’ Race to Mass Extinction:
1) Early Signs and Interventions
2) Natural Wonders and Disasters
3) Technology and Stewardship

Year End Exhibition:
Opening Reception 5–7 p.m.: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Closing Reception, 3–5 p.m.: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Location: China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, Tides Converge, 1007 General Kennedy Avenue, San Francisco

What: ArtSeed children, artists, and other folks from a broad range of ages, professional fields, and cultural heritage, are engaged in interdisciplinary collaborative arts projects all of which will culminate in a three-week Fine Arts Summer Intensive and a one-month interactive exhibition in the Presidio (a National Park) in San Francisco. Core participants include 50 K-5th grade students and staff from Booker T. Washington Community Service Center who will connect with U.S. Veterans and foreign students via the internet and the postal service. Hands-on explorations and exchanges of students’ environmental concerns are given tangible and presentable form with guidance from a variety of artists and guest presenters. Participants are provided reclaimed materials plus fine arts tools and training that generate the discipline and expressive designs essential in effective sociopolitical climate activism!

Why: Our polarized world often seems incapable of coming to terms with catastrophic scientific forecasts. Collaborative projects, national and international exchanges, and the age-old art-making process builds bridges between people of all ages and between communities from radically different sectors of society. ArtSeed’s exhibition aims to promote awareness of earth’s fragility and inspire more activities that create dialog. We are creating outlets for participants and a larger audience to express how they feel about nature and humanity’s responsibilities toward maintaining a healthy planet. Social justice and environmental issues are connected as we question poor public policy and our own personal habits. Young people are empowered to look for solutions through rigorous artistic explorations combined with critical thinking resulting in optimism. We are grappling with the changes we are wreaking upon our environment by exploring the issues and using our art to awaken others to the need for all of us to change.

When: February – December 2020

Where: ArtSeed’s Presidio working spaces at 1007 General Kennedy Avenue, Suites 206 & 210; Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard, Bldg. 101, Studio 2513
Core San Francisco Collaborators:
• Booker T. Washington Community Service Center,
• Swords to Plowshares Veterans Academy & Veterans Affairs Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center

Yearly Activities and Themes

Each academic year, after assessing surveys and participating in focus groups, ArtSeed’s executive director selects a theme to give structure to the next year’s artwork and exhibitions. Exploring topics ranging from politics to mortality, ArtSeed has never been afraid to break new ground – and challenge artists and students. Full activities summaries are listed on the pages below with working project annual themes/exhibition titles.

2020 Zombies’ Race to Mass Extinction:
1) Early Signs
2) Natural Wonders and Disasters
3) Technology and Stewardship

2019 Rendering Power, Envisioning Freedom: Lawmakers, Lost Lives, and Peaceful Resolutions.
2018 Mailing Home: Who Was John Brown? Who Is Jim Crow? Who Are We?
2017 Marching Home: Valor, Freedom, and Stewardship as Paths to Peace!
2016 Cottage Industry — Locomotion, Collaboration: Let’s Beat Poverty in All its Forms!
2015 Cottage Industry — Communication, Collaboration: Let’s Beat Poverty in All its Forms!
2014 Legacies and Living Spaces
2013 Sums, Sustenance and the Five Senses
2012 75 Reasons Why: We Are The Bridge
2011 Charting the Depths from the High Seas to the Mysterious Mind
2010 Health and Healing
2009 Structure & The Meaning of Life
2008 Hereafter: Futures with which we can Live?
2007 If I Ruled the World: Governance, Identity, and the Creative Process
2006 Money Makeovers: Office Move & 5th Anniversary Accounting
2005 Bridges: Engineering and City Planning
2004 Hiking Across America: Appalachia & Burnett CDC Outdoor Exchange
2003 Coloring Sounds: Music, Visual Arts, and Collaboration
2002 Postcard to People in Power: Media & Communications
2001 Gods and Monsters: Virgil’s Dantes Inferno & Nelson Mandela’s Imprisonment

“Especially topics such as death, afterlife, heaven, hell, reincarnation … We fool ourselves when we think kids don’t think about stuff like this. To not have an outlet or to be denied one because it’s just not something we like to talk about is sad and a missed opportunity to get a peek inside their amazing landscape.” -Ymke Dioquino