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CONTACT: Ivan Vera (415) 553-4525 x304 – email@example.com
September 20, 2016, 2016
Hospitality House in partnership with the Western Regional Advocacy Project presents Artists for Justice A community forum on the intersection between art and social change
WHEN: Friday, September 23, 2016
4:30pm – 6:00pm
WHERE: Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium
220 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: How do you turn a social justice issue into a powerful work of art? How does art activate movements? Join us in discussion with a panel of local artists who currently work in different areas of social justice as they present their inspiration, challenges, experiences, and approaches to art as a tool for restorative justice. Artists for Justice will be taking place on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. This event is free and open to the public.
The Artists for Justice panel will include Art Hazelwood, Patrick Piazza, Lucia Ippolito, Jos Sances, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Nancer Lemoins.
“For centuries, artists have expressed their feelings on social justice issues such as war, oppression, racism, homophobia, AIDS,” says Ivan Vera, Program Manager of Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program. “You can go all the way back to Goya, who expressed his disillusion of politics and war in Spain, to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo; and you can never forget the revolutionary artwork of Keith Haring.”
Ivan points to the incredible artwork expressing the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Look at the powerful artwork coming from Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Ti-Rock Moore, and Maria Maria Acha-Kutscher. Their creations not only inform, but resonate with lasting effects.”
The Artists for Justice community forum is being held in preparation of the upcoming #BlackLivesMatter group exhibition at the Community Arts Program gallery starting on October 21st. [If you are an artist interested in participating, just read the call for submissions below.]
Keeping in the spirit of the evening’s call-to-action, voter registration tables will also be set up for those who would like to get involved and exercise their right to a voice.
Artist Call for Submissions: The #BlackLivesMatter group exhibition will be shown at the Community Arts Program gallery from October 21st through Nov. 18th. This exhibition will be open to any community artists whose work relates to the movement.
Artists who are interested in submitting artwork for consideration to this exhibition should call CAP Program Manager, Ivan Vera, at (415) 553-4525 ext 304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is Friday, October 7th. As always, artists in CAP exhibitions receive 100% of the sales of their artwork.
About Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program
Founded in 1969, the CAP is the only free-of-charge fine arts studio for community artists and has long been recognized as an epicenter for the Tenderloin’s urban and outsider art movements. The CAP relocated to the burgeoning Mid-Market neighborhood in 2010, serving as an anchor community arts organization in this growing arts district. For more than 1,800 artists a year, the CAP offers an outlet for creative self-expression and cultural connectivity that would otherwise be unattainable by offering neighborhood artists the resources and materials to create, exhibit, and sell their artwork. The CAP is one of Hospitality House’s six diverse and integrated programs providing community-based solutions to the challenges facing our neighborhoods. Our programs are open to all and are staffed by peers whose life experience allows them to connect easily and authentically with participants using a low-threshold harm reduction approach.
About Hospitality House
Founded in 1967, Hospitality House is a unique peer-based organization and community center addressing the socio-economic disparities that impact people struggling with poverty and homelessness in the Tenderloin, Sixth Street, and Mid-Market neighborhoods. Our mission is to build community strength by advocating policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment.