City College of San Francisco’s Library Exhibitions invite the public to a free opening reception for “SOMA/South of Market, SF,” featuring three Creative Work Fund-supported visual arts projects that focus on changes taking place in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood on Thursday, November 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Rosenberg Library, Ocean Campus. Collaborators and their projects are:
- Illustrator Don Aguillo and illustrator/writer Raf Salazar‘s collaboration with Kulintang Arts (KulArts) to create Pinoy Superheroes Here and Now!, spotlighting untold stories of everyday Pilipino heroes who live or work in SOMA,
- Multidisciplinary artist Jerome Reyes and the South of Market Community Action Network’s multi-platform political campaign, “We Live Here,” that generates and circulates artwork throughout SOMA,
- Artist Weston Teruya and Kimberley Arteche and Kearny Street Workshop‘s “Means of Exchange,” through which the artists are engaging with small businesses in SOMA to co-create art products and pop-up businesses.
According to the CCSF Library Exhibitions’ blog, “The work of the three teams brings into focus the way that working class neighborhoods in concert with artists can powerfully express, strengthen, and advocate for a working class/working artist perspective in all our under-assault neighborhoods. The three distinct projects serve as a laboratory for building resilience, countering gentrification, and celebrating grassroots culture….” The exhibit will be on view throughout the spring of 2018, and parts of it will change as the teams develop and refine their projects.
Featured image by Don Aguillo and Raf Salazar.