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  • Urban Upstarts at the Village Artist Corner

    Workshops & Activities, For Families, and part of Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone: Program Activations

    Sep 12

    1—3 PM

    On the corner of Fulton and Larkin Streets

    Pick Me Up Art + Coffee is designed to give your day a boost through collaborative tree-wrapping art-making led by artist Barakah Aly.  

    Aly is a Bay Area–based artist and founder of Urban Upstarts, San Francisco Public Library’s youth-centered art-making organization.  

    About the Village Artist-in-Residence Program

    The Village Artist-in-Residence at the Village Artist Corner aims to support creative development directly aligned with growing and sustaining consistent community engagement among those who frequent the Civic Center Commons. Through the Village Artists’ work, we create a public platform that invites the community to explore and promote expression and creativity while deepening connection and compassion. Major activations will take place on Target First Free Sundays, when the museum offers free general admission courtesy of Target. Pour-over Ethiopian coffee for purchase from SF Coffee Cruiser, a locally youth-owned family business.

    About the Village Artist Corner

    The Village Artist Corner features rotating murals and monthly programs at the dragon sculpture on the corner of Fulton and Larkin Streets adjacent to the Asian Art Museum. The program was developed as part of Groundplay, a City collaboration co-led by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, San Francisco Planning, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. 

    Designed by San Francisco public high school students in the Architecture Program at Youth Art Exchange, the sculpture is inspired by mythological creatures found in the art and literature of many different cultures and time periods. Our dragon is decorated with a myriad of patterns found on artwork in the Asian Art Museum’s collection. Over the next two years, the intended life of the project, the sculpture and area around it will be programmed with monthly activities and new mural openings. Monthly activities take place on the first Sunday and the second Wednesday of each month.


The Village Artist Corner is funded through the generosity of The Family of Tania Vonelleese Seymour and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Founding program support was made possible by Housing-Related Parks Program from the State of California, facilitated by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; The Hearst Foundations; California Arts Council; and The NFL Foundation and 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Support for community engagement at the Asian Art Museum is provided by The Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

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