SF Arts Commission Welcomes Americans for the Arts to the BUCHANAN MALL
Saturday, June 17
This month, we’re proud to welcome the Annual Convention of Americans for the Arts
to the Buchanan Mall to showcase new work by Citizen Film and our community partners.
In addition, we’ll be celebrating Juneteenth with the community on Fillmore Street all day. Join director Sophie Constantinou and featured storytellers and artists from the neighborhood to experience sculptural multimedia installations, documentary works, and the ongoing transformation of the neighborhood, “by the people, for the people.”
Watch Buchanan Mall Bounce Back to see this initiative through the eyes of Buchanan Mall youth, co-leaders of the Neighborhood Storytelling and Design Task Force.
This spring, in partnership with Citizen Film, the Exploratorium Studio for Public Spaces, Green Streets, SF Rec and Park and the Trust for Public Land, the Buchanan Mall Community unveiled a new Vision of artistic and economic renewal with support from SF Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Community Challenge Grant.
WHAT WE CARRY WITH US:
A Refugee Storytelling Lab
Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St, Berkeley
You have one hour to gather your belongings and leave your home. What do you take with you? What do you leave behind?
Director Sam Ball will moderate a timely community conversation and unveil a new film & photomontages narrated by young adult refugees. Discussants will also include Amy Weiss, Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services at Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay, and Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, which will mount an interactive multimedia exhibition of refugees’ memories, objects, and maps.
View an excerpt featuring co-curator Zander Berkeley Liberty.
Refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syriaand Uganda are part of an ongoing storytelling lab co-produced by Citizen Film and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life thanks to support from the Covenant Foundation, and Professor Spagnolo’s Mapping Diasporas, a research project and course at the Magnes, in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, with support from Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley.