March 26th, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2014 – From April through July 2014, the San Francisco Arts Commission will spotlight the work of budding photographers involved with First Exposures, a San Francisco-based photo mentoring program for youth. The Market Street Kiosk Youth Poster Series features unique scenes from the Tenderloin, Central Market and South of Market by youth who call those neighborhoods home. Through their lens, the public is treated to an insider’s look at these neighborhoods and several of their iconic murals, by such well-known urban artists as Chor Boogie, Rigo and Robert Harris.
“Many people are not aware that the Tenderloin and Central Market corridors have the highest concentrations of children and youth in our city,” says Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “This poster series showcases the incredible artistic talent of a group of young people who are engaged in activities that have a positive impact on their communities and on their futures.”
“It’s exciting to expose the kids to other ways of exhibiting their work publicly,” says First Exposures Director Erik Auerbach. “There is more to art-making than pictures on the wall or in a gallery. Public art has always been part of our mission and part of our process. It is very empowering for the youth to have thousands of passersby see their work in such a prominent location”
The posters will be on display in 36 bus kiosks along Market Street between 8th Street and Embarcadero from April 14 through July 7, 2014. There will be an artist talk with the First Exposures youth coinciding with Central Market NOW, a monthly art event in Central Market held on the second Friday of the month.
Youth Poster Series Artist Talk
Who: Youth with First Exposures in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission and Central Market NOW.
What: In this short walk along Market Street the public is invited to visit the posters in the series while young artists with First Exposures share their creative influences and the techniques used to photograph these brilliant images of murals in the urban environment. Youth artists are encouraged to join in this celebration of their peers.
When: Friday, June 13, from 5– 6 p.m.
Where: Meet at Blick Art Materials at 979 Market Street. The artist talk will conclude at the Hospitality House Community Art Program at 1009 Market Street for a reception of their Nature’s Way group exhibition.
About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, the SFAC integrates the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, and Street Artist Licensing. The agency’s core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.
About First Exposures
First Exposures is the only mentoring program in San Francisco that provides free weekly photography classes for under-served youth, ages 11-18. Praised as a model program by the State of California, First Exposures is unique in its one-to-one pairing of each child with a photographer who serves as a caring mentor and positive adult role model. Mentors are photographers with a commitment to youth empowerment through education, volunteering for a minimum of one year. First Exposures provides a creative outlet for students to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment, and encourages them to become articulate, confident, and responsible young adults.
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