Engaging BVHP Youth
ART 94124 EXHIBIT
EXHIBIT | Engaging BVHP Youth
ART 94124 presents 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point
ART 94124 is pleased to present Engaging BVHP Youth, an exhibit that brings together 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point—"Welcome to the NeighborHOOD, A Community Arts Project" and "Celebrating Civic Leaders". Both projects engage youth by using art to connect the dots between oneself and the community, while drawing attention to the neighborhood, our surroundings, and the people that live here. Join us as we honor Black History Month by celebrating the creative efforts of youth in the neighborhood.
"Welcome to the NeighborHOOD, A Community Arts Project" is a multi-media urban experience—a social and environmental exploration in how art can inspire communities and environmental sustainability. The collaboration between 6 environmentally and socially conscious artists and 15 paid youth interns from Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) yielded a diverse and interactive body of artwork that is place-based and culturally relevant to the Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) community. The artwork tells the history, celebrates the communities, and explores the concerns related to the present and future environment of BVHP.
Lead artists: Wendy Testu, Robert Larson, Keba Armand Konte, Taylor Neaman-Goudey, Eve S. Mosher, Monica Jensen, Sam Slater.
The Welcome to the NeighborHOOD project has been generously funded by The San Francisco Arts Commission, The LEF Foundation, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The San Francisco Foundations-Koshland Program.
For the exhibit Engaging BVHP Youth, the youth from Literacy for Environmental Justice that have been in residency with the artists for over a year will build an interactive fort installation in the ART 94124 GALLERY. The installation will include video, found object sculpture, and a documentary film and book exploring environmental and social justice issues facing the BVHP community.
Originally presented at the Bayview Opera House, "Celebrating Civic Leaders" was a theatrical production, recorded oral histories, and an art exhibition presented by students of Willie Brown Jr. Academy and community elders. The exhibit featured drawings and paintings created by the youth that depicted notable elders in the BVHP community (like the painting above of Eloise Westbrook by 8th grader Brandy Windom). The paintings were derived from family photos and archives, and were intended to demonstrate that "gulfs in time and age can be easily and simply bridged through art."
Histories, archival materials, and artworks were gathered/created under the direction of Heidi Hardin, founder/director of Think Round, Inc. Reverend Betron Bruno was the playwright and director of the theatrical production and is the founder/director of Pathlight Productions.
For the exhibit Engaging BVHP Youth, ART 94124 will showcase 35 of the portraits of BVHP community leaders that were created by the youth during the original project.
ENGAGING BVHP YOUTH events at ART 94124 Gallery
EVENT | Opening Reception | Friday, February 12 | 6-9pm
Join us for the opening reception of Engaging BVHP Youth, an ART 94124 exhibit that brings together 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point. Meet the young artists and see their creations. Talk to the project creators and artist participants and learn more about these interesting, ambitious, locally-focused projects.
Support future exhibits and events at ART 94124 by participating in the artwork raffle—your chance to win a unique piece by a local artist. The raffle will feature an original paper collage depicting President Obama by local BVHP artist and interior designer Samuel Fleming Lewis and a poster-sized print of a painting by local young artist Kajahl Benes.
EVENT | Celebrating Civic Leader, Meet and Greet | Friday, February 26 | 6-9pm
Engaging BVHP Youth is an ART 94124 exhibit that brings together 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point. This evening's gathering will focus on one of the 2 projects—"Celebrating Civic Leaders." We will be joined by some of the civic leaders and elders that participated in the project as well as the young artists whose work is on view in the exhibit. Short remarks will be made at 7pm. Support future exhibits and events at ART 94124 by participating in the artwork raffle.
EVENT | Welcome to the NeighborHOOD, Book Signing | Friday, March 12 | 6-9pm
Engaging BVHP Youth is an ART 94124 exhibit that brings together 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point. This evening's gathering will focus on one of the 2 projects—"Welcome to the NeighborHOOD, A Community Arts Project." The multimedia project included a book that summarizes and documents the project. The youth and the artists will be present to sign the latest incarnation of the photo documentary book (which will be available for purchase that evening) and to talk about their experiences participating in this unique project. Support future exhibits and events at ART 94124 by participating in the artwork raffle.
EVENT | Closing Reception | Friday, March 26 | 6-9pm
Join us for the closing reception of Engaging BVHP Youth, an ART 94124 exhibit that brings together 2 unique, local art projects that engage youth from Bayview Hunters Point. The evening closes the exhibit and is a final opportunity to admire the efforts of these engaging youth, and support future exhibits and events at ART 94124 by purchasing a ticket (or two) for the artwork raffle. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the evening.
INSTALLATION | Working Artist, Artist Working | Bayview Opera House | February 11 through the end of the month
Didn't get a chance to see ART 94124's Art in Storefronts installation? Well, it's no longer in the storefront but you have another chance to see it in a new location—in the historic Bayview Opera House. The installation will be at the Opera House starting February 11th through the end of the month, and will be on view during their events and Black History Month festivities. The project speaks to and sprang from the art and artists that live and/or work in the neighborhood, so it will be a nice complement to the history and culture of the area that they plan to highlight during the month's events.