Abandoned school courtyard turns into gallery and GARDEN. Led by Ray Belder (public artist and sculptor) and Loretta Gargan (landscape artist) a 4,500 square foot courtyard at Francisco Middle school is transformed into a garden, outdoor classroom, gallery and quiet refuge for students and teachers. The GARDEN project became a centerpiece for learning science, mathematics, literature, design and studies of indigenous plants and animals. Neighbors, students from the nearby San Francisco Art Institute and members of Levi Strauss’ Community Involvement Team all helped to build this creative, giving space.
Fifty solutions, arrived upon through art. Give and Take: Youth and Artists in Dialogue challenged students and noted visiting artists to come by solutions through visual art. Curated by Larry Rinder (now Director of Berkeley Museum,) artists and students solved specific questions using a variety of genre. This project hosted at the Mills Building in San Francisco in collaboration with ArtSource Consulting, also involved students instructed by Artists-in-Residence visiting artist’s studios as part of the exercise. It was open for three months. And 2,000 people a day came through the show.