What I Did During Summer Vacation (2018)

A curated collection of work by students in SFArtsED Summer’s sculpture, painting, drawing, illustration, mixed media & fashion design classes.

August 4 – September 29, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, August 4, 1-4pm, with fashion shows on the hour in the Minnesota Street Project Atrium between 1 and 4 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (July 30, 2018) – The third annual SFArtsED Summer exhibition celebrates the diverse and diverting work by students ages 10-14 who attended visual arts camp in June and July working with SFArtsED Artist Mentors

Jeanette Au (mixed media visual arts, fashion design)

Zoe Farmer (mixed media visual arts)

Tiersa Nureyev (fashion design)

Richard Olsen (mixed media visual arts)

The show features sculptures, paintings, drawings, experimental works, video animation installation and fashion design. During the opening reception, from 1-4pm on Saturday, Aug. 4, student designers and models will participate in a choreographed fashion show on the hour in the Minnesota Street Project Atrium. Sydney Lozier serves as choreographer. Following the fashion show, select fashion designs will be displayed as part of the ongoing exhibition.

The What I Did During Summer Vacation exhibition runs August 4 through September 29 at SFArtsED’s gallery in Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street (@ 24th Street). The opening reception will be from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, August 4. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm. First Saturday hours on August 4 and September 8 (delayed by the Labor Day holiday) are 11am to 8pm.

About SFArtsED

The roots of the San Francisco Arts Education Project go back to the early sixties, when the San Francisco Arts Commission created the Neighborhood Arts Program to foster connections between local artists and the wider community. By 1968, change was definitely in the air, and two determined women—armed with little more than milk cartons, bits of yarn, and baker’s clay—determined to take that community engagement one step further by making art an integral part of the city’s public school curriculum. When sculptor Ruth Asawa and architectural historian Sally Woodbridge kicked off the Alvarado School Art Workshop—the organization that evolved into the San Francisco Arts Education Project—they had a $50 grant and a fierce determination to make an arts education available to all school children in San Francisco, regardless of neighborhood or income level. Pedagogical visionaries, Asawa and Woodbridge recognized the powerful impact that the visual and performing arts can have on a child’s life—clear through to adulthood. As their program (by then called the School of the Arts Foundation) expanded, it also advocated for the creation of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts—this dream of a public arts high school became a reality in 1982—and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts continues to thrive today.

After that success, Ms. Asawa left the organization to focus on such nonprofits as SCRAP (a creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space) and Ruth’s Table (a center for creative learning). Under the dynamic leadership of Emily Keeler (Artistic Director) and Camille Olivier-Salmon (Program Director), who took the helm in 1985, the Foundation recommitted to its original purpose of placing working artists in lower and middle schools, attracting such luminary artist mentors as dancer Jacques D’amboise; writer, artist, choreographer, and director Remy Charlip; and theater director and dramaturge Danny Duncan, among many, many others.

In 1995, the organization received its final moniker, the San Francisco Arts Education Project, and today, SFArtsED’s programs include SFArtsED Summer (arts summer camp), in-school Artist Residencies, After-School programs, the SFArtsED Players Musical Theater Company, Interdisciplinary Arts Program high school visual arts intensive) and apprenticeships for college and high school students. SFArtsED moved into its new space at Minnesota Street Project in March 2016, marking the first time in the organization’s history that it has a space of its own for instruction, exhibition, seminars, workshops and gatherings of all kinds. www.sfartsed.org

About Minnesota Street Project

Located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco’s contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term. Founded by entrepreneurs and collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project was inspired by the couple’s belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model—one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole. Their vision of a dynamic, self-sustaining enterprise that shares its economic success with arts businesses and professionals aims to encourage heightened support for the arts from newcomer and established patrons alike.

To see complete photo galleries of SFArtsED exhibitions, visit https://www.sfartsed.org/events/archive/