Digging In: YAX photographers capture SF’s green spaces

A collaboration between City College of San Francisco and Youth Art Exchange, this exhibition will include youth artists photographic representations and artful interpretations of green spaces in the Southeast region of the city. The Visitacion Valley Greenway and the Bayview’s Quesada Garden and the Alemany Gardens are among those represented. The Southeast is home to a multitude of green spaces: community efforts created against all odds, epic organizing efforts and labors of love. They are vital centers of community life. Historically, Southeast neighborhoods have been the site of the City’s produce and cut flower production, home to truck gardens, greenhouses and windmills.

Join us as we celebrate the work of YAX’s photographers at the reception for Digging In: Our Green Spaces on Thursday, May 4, 5–7:30PM at CCSF’s Rosenberg Library!

The exhibit will be on display on the third floor through November 16, 2017. CCSF’s Rosenberg Library is on the Ocean Campus, at Ocean Avenue and Howth Street, one block from the Balboa Park BART & MUNI station.

Digging In: Our Green Spaces is part of CCSF’s Building The Art House exhibition series.

Can we build a shared cultural life in Southeast San Francisco? Building the Art House answers that question with a resounding yes! And offers a compelling example of how this might look. A multigenerational roster of artists brings this swathe of working class San Francisco to life in the Rosenberg Library at City College of San Francisco. Building the Art House assembles three exhibitions that explore visual art, gardening, and performance. Work comes from the Bayview-Hunters Point, Portola, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley and Ingleside districts. Building the Art House gives insight into the cultural production and gathering places that few outside the neighborhoods are aware of.

At the edge of Southeast San Francisco, City College stands as a resilient emblem of survival in a fast changing city. This convergence of exhibitions and programs at City College invites artists to identify with other cultural producers of Southeast SF. This is an opportunity to explore the regional history and possible future of this vibrant corner of the City.

The vision for Building the Art House grew out of the Moving Art House Project, a mobile cultural space created by Kate Connell and Oscar Melara (Book and Wheel Works) in Southeast SF in 2015. In this series, guest curator Emma Spertus brings a new perspective and complementary artists to Book and Wheel’s Southeast SF expertise and extensive creative partnerships.

In addition to the exhibitions on display during the spring and fall 2017 semesters, Building the Art House will include an art fair, a tour, a publication and an artists’ panel in fall 2017.

Read more on CCSF’s website.

Thank you for joining us at the Howth St. Block Party!

The Howth St. Block Party was a huge success! With the sunny weather on our side, Youth Art Exchange and Lick-Wilmerding High School youth pulled off a wonderful event that welcomed our students, parents, supporters, and neighbors. We’re proud of our students and grateful to our communities for being so supportive and engaged!

Check out some photos from the day: Continue reading