Southern Exposure's Mission Voices Summer (MVS) is an arts program that gives youth the opportunity to exercise leadership skills in their community by exploring relevant social and personal issues through visual arts workshops. The intensive summer program focuses on arts-based community development by pairing local artists with teens. Youth learn to use the visual arts as a tool to express their creative voices and to make a visual statement about their ideas, interests, and ambitions through a series of workshops that result in a project presented to the public at Southern Exposure.
The 2012 Mission Voices Summer theme, InterFace, asks the question, how do we put meaning back into the way we interact and communicate? InterFace attempts to make new meaning through modes of exchange, cooperation, conversations, and interaction. Throughout the summer, three collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects guide learning and art making around these ideas, culminating with an opening event and an exhibition on view to the public. InterFace ultimately tries to get to the root of what it really means to connect with other people in the world, analog and digital alike, in a direct and meaningful way.
Razzle Dazzle, led by Cara Levine and Lizzy Cross, explores the interaction between physicality and location. Students walk the streets of San Francisco's Mission District, observing their bodies within the backdrops of storefronts, houses, landmarks, and everyday sites. These observations serve as the foundation for creating urban camouflage as a way for youth artists to forge richer connections with their environments.
Claire Rabkin and Larisa Minerva facilitate The MVS Music Machine, a manually operated kinetic sculpture that uses analog mechanics to produce sound. Students re-appropriate salvaged materials to create, and become a part of a networked acoustic machine system that exists as a large-scale interactive installation.
Grace Hwang and Isaac Vazquez lead Mission Sites, Mission Sights, a project that examines the InterFace of game design as an important site of human connection. Students create games that explore the InterFace between residents of the Mission community.
Generous support for Mission Voices Summer and SoEx's Artists in Education Programs is provided by The Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Nelson Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Quaker Hill Foundation, van Löben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation, and SoEx's Members.
El Grito de la Misión, a Final Celebration + Opening Reception for InterFace
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 pm
FREE and open to the public
Southern Exposure invites you to join Mission Voices Summer youth, artists, and community partners for El Grito de la Mision, a final celebration of Mission Voices Summer 2012. The event includes an exhibition of new work created and presented by Mission Voices students.
Lead Artists: Mission Voices Summer Students
Lead Teaching Artists: Grace Hwang, Cara Levine, and Claire Rabkin
Teaching Artist Assistants: Lizzy Cross, Larisa Minerva, and Isaac Vasquez
Youth Leaders: Christian Fernandez, Eliseo Ortega, and Amanda Seigel
Collaborator Partners: Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), LifeWorks, and the Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP)
Program Manager: Dave Sandoval
MVS Intern: Joshua Herman
MVS Intern Photographer: Kayleena Fong