Hometown San Francisco|
Wednesday May 14, 2008
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hometown San Francisco
the city as seen by the next generation
an exhibit of multiple art projects in a variety of media
as a part of the Galileo Academy Open House
Wednesday, May 14th 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
1150 Francisco St (main gate between Polk and Van Ness)
So many of us move to San Francisco as adults and move away again to start families. Still, San Francisco has thousands of children growing up here. As teenagers, they have a unique perspective that needs to be heard.
Some neighborhoods that adults view as playgrounds might be dangerous battlegrounds for youth while other areas that adults fear may be home for the kids. Meanwhile, the attractions that draw tourists from around the world serve as a backdrop for teenagers as they go to school and then their jobs, where they don't always realize how special it is to be exposed to such a diversity of people.
On May 14th, the public is invited to visit Galileo Academy of Science and Technology for an exhibition of art by the talented students and faculty of this public high school. The Galileo community has been working together to use video, web design, drawing, writing, performance and pavement pounding research to explore the character of San Francisco from the perspective of people who are growing up here.
Todd Berman, artist-in-residence and acting librarian, will be displaying a series of collaborative paintings of the city. Berman has been creating art collaboratively with San Francisco residents for years now. His process is simple â€“ he asks people at an event or on the street to express themselves on a small piece of paper, then he collages those papers into a larger painting. The resulting series of paintings, which have involved hundreds of people in the creative process, have found their way onto the covers of 96 Hours and a Sociology textbook.
When the librarian at Galileo Academy decided to take a sabbatical for the 2007-08 school year, Berman agreed to be his substitute for the year seeing an opportunity to become an artist-in-residence for the school. The library has become a gallery and studio this year where students who visit are invited to leave their mark.
Berman's collaborative works will be only one part of the exhibit.
Students in the new Academy of Hospitality and Tourism will be screening their digital "My Neighborhood... A Digital Story" projects. Students from the Academy of Information Technology will be screening documentary short films created in coordination with the Adobe Youth Voices program. Students from some freshman computer classes will be seeking your submissions to their as-yet unnamed collaborative 'zine about San Francisco (which will utilize the most modern web 2.0 techniques to create content for a decidedly low-tech medium). Meanwhile, other students will be rocking, dancing, drumming and acting as part of the annual talent show in the auditorium.
The school will be open to visitors on May 14 from 5:00pm â€“ 8:00pm.
examples of Todd's "Collective Vision" paintings.
Press coverage of similar projects.
Galileo's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism,
Galileo's Academy of Information Technology.
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