WHAT’S NEXT: Interdisciplinary Arts Program Alumni Show (2018)

New exhibit at Minnesota Street Project displays talents of students who worked with Agelio Batle and Delia Batle

June 2 – July 21, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, June 2, 2-4pm

One of the ongoing joys of arts education is re-encountering students who continue evolving as artists and creating remarkable work after they graduate from the program in which you were fortunate enough to meet them.

For the first time, the San Francisco Arts Education Project presents an exhibit featuring the work of its visual arts alumni. High school students who participated in SFArtsED’s Interdisciplinary Arts Program between 2014 and 2017 will take us into the current chapter of their creative lives in What’s Next: Interdisciplinary Arts Program Alumni Show.

Participating Interdisciplinary Arts Program alumni include:

  • Nilo Batle
  • Noa Batle
  • Elena Diebel
  • Jasmine Liang
  • Kyra Monterrosa
  • Sophia Qin
  • Sofia Rothschild

The exhibition runs June 2 through July 21 at SFArtsED’s gallery in Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street (@ 24th Street). The opening reception will be from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, June 2. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm. First Saturday hours on June 2 and July 7 are 11am to 8pm.

The San Francisco Arts Education Project’s Interdisciplinary Arts Program is a fully scholarshipped visual arts intensive for a small group of high-school students recommended by their high school art teacher. The program was created and guided through its initial phase by renowned San Francisco artist Agelio Batle and his wife, Delia Batle, in the Batle Studio. The program was designed to develop technique, artistic voice, and creative thinking.

The Interdisciplinary Arts Program was on hiatus in the 2017-18 school year but will return in 2019.

What’s Next and the Interdisciplinary Arts Program are funded in part by the Crankstart Foundation, the Germanacos Foundation and Macy’s.

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—a public high school that makes a hands-on arts education available to talented young painters, sculptors, singers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and more. Working with visionary artists including Jacques D’amboise and Remy Charlip, the Foundation, with the guidance of Emily Keeler and Camille Olivier-Salmon, recommitted to its original mission of placing working artists in elementary and middle schools, and received its final moniker: the San Francisco Arts Education Project. 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

For more information, photos or arrange interviews, please call 415.551.7990, or e-mail chad.j@sfartsed.org. Right click on images below to download.