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San Francisco Urban Film Festival

Posted by on Jul 02 2020 | 2017, 2018, 2019, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

San Francisco Urban Film Festival
2019 – $5,000 General Support 
2018 – $5,000 General Operating Support
2017 – $5,000 Climate Change Programming

sfurbanfilmfest.com

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Seed Journey

Posted by on Dec 02 2016 | 2016, 2017, Art, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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Seed Journey
2017 – $10,000 General Support
2016 – $10,000 General Support

Flatbread Society Seed Journey is a seafaring voyage connected to a public art project in the former port of Bjorvika in Oslo, Norway. Seed Journey moves people, ideas and seeds upon an 1895, Colin Archer rescue sailboat from Oslo to Istanbul. Between October 2016 and November 2017 an international crew and a selection of ancient grains (that have been cultivated in Oslo) will return to their “center of origin”.

At ports of arrival, the boat will become a site for public programming and Seed Journey content will extend into the host institutions galleries. The crew, half from the US and half from Scandinavia and the Middle East, will enact their research at each port and extend the evolving conversation with local actors. Seed Journey links to a global conversation about biodiversity and climate change as it relates to seed saving, small scale agriculture and farmers rights.

futurefarmers.com/seedjourney

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Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center

Posted by on Jan 29 2016 | 2012, 2015, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

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Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center
2015 – $10,000 Market Street Prototyping Festival
2012 – $5,000 Tenderloin National Forest

The 509 Cultural Center was founded in 1987 and has created community-based arts programs at the Luggage Store Gallery since the 1990s. Both Institutions have promoted many Bay Area artists of color, and provide the low-income Central Market and Tenderloin residents the opportunity to participate in the neighborhood’s cultural life.

Tenderloin National Forest
The Tenderloin National Forest (TNF) is an unexpected oasis of 3,400 square feet of  beautifully landscaped community commons and green space gardens. The TNF provides needed respite in the San Francisco Tenderloin’s dense urban landscape and offers a striking contrast to much of the neighborhood. The TNF is available for use by the general public  for community gatherings/celebrations; reflection and respite; as a creative space for innovative public art projects; and as an educational resource.

The TNF was a former dead end alley, known as Cohen Place (off Ellis Street, between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets), enclosed by mutli-story buildings and was formerly used as dumping grounds and space for illicit activities. The Luggage Store, also known as The 509 Cultural Center, transformed and maintains the alley.

Market Street Prototyping Festival
The Luggage Store continued to support the residents and culture of the Central Market and Tenderloin districts by creating installations and programming for the
2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival. Projects included the PPlanter, an ecologically friendly public restroom prototype, equipped with light and sound installations by Lighthouse Studio, as well as performances and community engagement activities by artists Paul Benney, Amara Tabor-Smith and Michael Swaine.

luggagestoregallery.org

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What is Missing?

Posted by on Jan 20 2016 | 2014, 2015, 2016, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category

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What is Missing?
2016 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2015 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2014 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project

Maya Lin is an artist and environmentalist. She established the What Is Missing? project to create, through science-based artworks, an awareness about the present mass extinction of species due to habitat degradation and loss, and to emphasize that by protecting and restoring habitats, carbon emissions can be reduced and species & habitats protected. Designed as Maya Lin’s last memorial, the What Is Missing? project takes place in multiple sites and forms dedicated to creating a connection between people and the species and places that have disappeared or are predicted to become extinct.

This project is a call to action and helps participants and viewers reimagine the human relationship to nature.  It creates hope by showing individuals what they can do to make a difference through their own consumer choices. The What Is Missing? project is made up of sound and media sculptures, traveling exhibitions, video installations, a physical and digital book and a website. Part of the website is devoted to introducing Greenprint for the Future, which when completed will help visitors examine their land use and resource consumption patterns and will demonstrate how changing these practices can effectively help the planet.

whatismissing.net

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Youth Art Exchange

Posted by on Jul 07 2014 | 2013, Art, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Type

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Youth Art Exchange
2013 – $5,000 Mobile Parklet

Founded in 2000, Youth Art Exchange provides relevant arts education that connects underserved high school-aged youth to the broader community. Based at the intersection of the Oceanview-Merced-Ingleside neighborhood and Excelsior, Youth Art Exchange fills the gap of services for youth in this low-income, multi-lingual neighborhood.

Mobile Parklet
A youth-designed and built parklet in San Francisco’s Oceanview-Merced-Ingleside neighborhood offers a green gathering space in front of the centrally located Fog Lifter Café on Ocean Avenue, improving public life by keeping this commercial corridor accessible and exciting for urban dwellers and visitors.

youthartexchange.org

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Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2014, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

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Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art
2014 – $8,000 Art + Environment Conference 

The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) at the Nevada Museum of Art supports the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The CA+E collects and exhibits archives and artworks from national and international artists and designers who are re-defining what it means to interact with the world around us.

The flagship program of the Center for Art + Environment, the triennial Art + Environment Conference, will convene more than 250 international artists, scientists, scholars, designers, and writers for a dialogue that fosters new knowledge in the visual arts and environmental practice at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. The 2014 conference will focus on themes of posthumanism, geoasthetics and fieldworks, with the goal of inspiring new artworks and scholarship that promote a culture of sustainability manifested through art, architecture, and design.

http://centerforartenvironment.org

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ioby

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2014, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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ioby
2014 – $10,000 Crowdfunding Workshop

ioby is a community of donors, volunteers and leaders working together to make their neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. ioby is a crowd-resourcing digital platform that supports citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects related to food, transit, sharing, public health, public art, environment, schools, tactical urbanism and creative placemaking. For this project, ioby will host an intensive training on grassroots fundraising and crowdfunding for Seed Fund grantees in San Francisco.

www.ioby.org

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Michael Swaine

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | 2012, Art, Fellows, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

Michael Swaine
2012 Fellow

Michael Swaine is an inventor and designer working in many media. His work is collaborative in nature and has been included in exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco.

He is currently building the Free Mending Library in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.  It is a library for fixing the holes in our lives—a place to borrow thread and sewing machines and talk about life.  He has been sewing, hemming and mending for free in the Tenderloin on the 15th of every month since 2001 – the year of his Generosity Project for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Swaine teaches at California College of the Arts, Mills College and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Greenhorns

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | 2012, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Greenhorns
2012 – $5,000 Seed Circus

The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. Using radio, blogs, film, and live events, the Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with information, land, and each other.

America wants more young farmers and more young farmers want a piece of America. We know it will take millions of these rough and ready protagonists of place to care for our ecosystems and serve our country healthy food in the years to come. The Greenhorns enable this critical meeting between minds, bodies, and land by helping young and aspiring farmers to navigate career paths, build skills, and connect with each other. Our multifaceted approach includes on-the-ground organizing of events and workshops, media production, and online coalition building.

The Seed Circus is a series of cultural events engages attendees in tactile, sensual, and cacophonous experiences containing elements of country fair, circus, adult education, and child-centered sport as entry points into advocating for an alive and vital farm economy.  Its purpose is to build capacity on farms for functionality and agrarian celebration.  More widely it is meant to trigger greater understanding of the young farmers movement.  It functions as a series of multi-stage performances, interactive work stations, public acts of improvisation, lectures, films, and interpretive agricultural exhibits.   Seed Circus’ have taken place in New York and Oakland, CA.  Plans are in the works for a Seed Circus in Washington DC in September 2013.

thegreenhorns.net

 

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Rosten Woo

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Art, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Rosten Woo
2011 Fellow

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer and writer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and participate in group decision-making. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; and in various public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls and parks in New York City and Los Angeles. His first book, Street Valuewas published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010.

He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact communities so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

wehavenoart.net

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