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Where Art Lives: Youth Art Program

Young neighborhood artists have designed street art that would benefit their community. Come see what the city will look like when they are in charge.

This summer, young artists from three local programs, United Playaz, Boys & Girls Club, and Glide, have worked with teaching artists from the Where Art Lives program to develop their own ideas for how to decorate their community. For the month of August the Tenderloin Museum Store will showcase the creative visions of these young adolescents.

For several years now, Where Art Lives has connected experienced artists with 4th-6th grade students to teach art skills and discuss the difference between public art and illegal vandalism. This year, participating students will be asked to collectively envision how San Francisco will look when today’s adolescents are running things. What images would they like to see on the walls in their neighborhoods?

Where Art Lives program
Where Art Lives is of the Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Arts Commission to educate youth in San Francisco about issues around graffiti, vandalism, and public art.

United Playaz
United Playaz is a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization whose motto is "It takes the 'hood to save the 'hood." For this exhibit, young artists in their summer program worked with artist Josue Rojas at the United Playaz Clubhouse in SOMA to create a large painting featuring student ideas for art that will benefit the community.

GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family Youth and Childcare Center
A child’s second home and extended family, who meet their needs at their pace and help them realize their individual strengths and abilities. Fourth and fifth grade students in Glide's summer program worked with artist Joe Colmenares to develop their personal styles and create the imagery that they would like to see on the walls of the Tenderloin.

Boys and Girls Club Tenderloin Clubhouse
The San Francisco Boys and Girls Club offers safe places where young people can learn, grow, and succeed. The Tenderloin Clubhouse, opened in 1996, is located on the ground floor of a Mercy Housing complex, and is spread out over three non-contiguous spaces including the office at 201 Turk Street. The Club has had an enduring and successful partnership with Mercy Housing and Tenderloin Family Housing at 201 Turk and participates very actively throughout the Tenderloin community.

Where Art Lives teaching artists:
Josue Rojas
Joe Colmenares
Todd Berman

Thank you to 826 Valencia and King Carl for allowing us to work in the Emporium.

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/General Fund Portion of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.