City Studio

Youth. Art. Activate.

Now in its 16th year, San Francisco Art Institute’s award-winning City Studio program engages underserved youth in their own neighborhoods through sequenced art classes that are both rigorous and joyous. Taught by working artists who create alongside the students; and extending its reach and impact through a range of organizational partnerships, City Studio nurtures a sense of self, encouraging young artists to find their voice; strengthening their conceptual thinking and foundational skills; and inspiring investment in a holistic creative life. 

 

Despite studies proving conclusively that underserved and at-risk youth benefit significantly from arts education and arts-rich experiences, ongoing budget constraints at public school's limit—and in some cases entirely sever—access. Particularly in California, a leader in innovation, this lack of arts exposure and instruction leaves many young people ill-equipped for today’s job market. The arts and creative sectors alone are significant employers, and the value of training in the arts reaches well beyond those arenas, as well, translating into preparation for a range of other fields. Art is also a powerful medium for finding your place in the world and making your own contributions. Through City Studio's responsive, collaborative and inter-generational approach, young people of all ages have worked side by side in afterschool programs, designed and created public murals, and exhibited their work in real-life art galleries and historic artists' homes and studios.

Current community partners include Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, Mission Arts and Culture Center, Haight Street Arts Center, Chinatown Historical Society of America, SOMArts, Collective Action Studio, Project Artivism, 500 Capp Street, Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Girls Club Beacon Program at Carver Elementary and Malcolm X, Counterpulse and 201 Turk Street. Other community partners include Root Division, Mission Boys and Girls Club, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club at Hunters Point, African American Arts and Culture Center and Cleveland Elementary.

Thanks to the Institute for Museums and Library Services for their recent grant to City Studio and to Project Artivism and 500 Capp Street for their continued support of our efforts to create valuable programming for Bay Area youth. For more information, visit: citystudio.org

 

Image credit:
Photo by Amy Berk.

ARTIVATE: Feminism Now! at the Haight Street Art Center

City Studio is so excited to partner with the Haight Street Art Center for this next iteration of ARTIVATE.  This semester we are exploring feminism and other activist ideologies and how they continue to have power in our #MeToo environment. Field trips to the de Young to see the Judy Chicago retrospective and the work of recently deceased local and international legend Hung Liu and to the Contemporary Feminism exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum gave youth a background of the history of feminism in art. Next step is for youth to interview residents of the Bob Ross apartments next-door to the HSAC about their backgrounds and experiences with discrimination. Students will then examine how their stories connect to their own in a series of prints that will be exhibited at the Center in December. Check City Studio's IG @citystudiosfai or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/citystudiosf/ for details.

Two special participatory public printmaking events are part of this semester's program to bring some of the activist ideas and ideals to a larger population.

First on October 11 everyone is invited to make prints honoring Indigenous People's Day from 2-4 at Waller Park where Laguna and Waller intersect.  Special guests may include the mayor, drummers and dancers and an elder giving a land acknowledgement.  

Then on Saturday October 16 from 11-4 we honor recently passed local legendary artist Hung Liu with two prints that we will live screen and give away to participants in the Chinese Historical Society of America's Joy on Joice street fair.  Hope you were able to join us at some of this dynamic programming! 

Image credit:
Photo by Amy Berk.

Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center "Perennial Unity" mural opens

Kudos to everyone involved in this multigenerational community mural located at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. Over 100 youth ages 2-16 have participated in the mural in both the conception and production.  In addition, all of the stakeholders that utilize Tel-Hi were included in the design process.  Big thanks to SFAI alum Christopher Williams and Oscar Lopez for their mural expertise, Julia Fairbrother for their documentation and to collaborative partner teen specialist Jamon Tyrus for his incredible community support!  And to all the youth of Tel-Hi who participated (including a trip to SFAI to view the Diego Rivera mural and the recently discovered murals in the tunnels)! Special thanks to Yvonne Curley, Nestor Hernandez and Rebekah Foster of TEL HI and to Brown and Caldwell and SRT Consultants for their generosity for the mural costs and to San Francisco Unified for providing stipends for our eight teen mentors. We are already looking forward to our next collaborative mural, perhaps in the TEL HI garden?

Image credit:
Photo by Amy Berk.

City Studio is thrilled to begin a new collaboration with the Mission Arts Center

Just a few blocks from the David Ireland House in the Mission District, City Studio begins a new partnership with a ceramics class taught by Steph Kudisch on Tuesday afternoons.

(Steph is also teaching ceramics at long term partner SOMArts on Friday afternoons. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/CeramicsSOMArts  (all welcome!)

More programs for local youth and their families are being planned for the next year. Check back to see a potential mural class, spring break intensive workshop with the David Ireland house, portfolio development workshop, photography workshops at the Harvey Milk Photo Center and more!

 

Image credit:
Photo by Amy Berk.

City Studio partners with the Beacon Program at Carver and Malcolm X Elementary

Once again City Studio is thrilled to be a part of the Boys and Girls Beacon Program at Carver Elementary. Two fantastic painters and educators Rebecca Kaufman and Cate Nelson are working together to envision and implement a robust program with the youngsters at this site.  In addition, muralist and painter Oscar Lopez is creating a special program at new site Malcolm X Elementary celebrating Hispanic heritage month and the many LatinX students there and in the neighborhood.   

 

Image credit:
Photo by Amy Berk.

Upcoming + New Website

Check back for the last Remote Life-Drawing episodes (coming soon?) 

And look out for City Studio's new website!  Thanks to Cate Nelson for her efforts in updating our online presence. 

 

Lastly, we are excited to welcome SFAI Board of Director's President back to SFAI.  Professor Lonnie Graham has a long history working with underserved teens in a truly generous and profound way and we are thrilled to showcase his amazing Ted talk.