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Collecting and displaying donated photographs and childhood memories via projections, paintings, and mixed media works, Cynthia Tom has transformed the vacant storefront into Chinatown’s Childhood Memory Shop. The community is invited to share their own childhood memories of Chinatown, which will be incorporated into the evolving installation.
Celebrating the famous Chinese poem "Eulogy on My Humble Abode" by Liu Yuxi, Hui-Ying Tsai's installation recreates an imaginary living space covered with an abundance of artificial flowers. A traditional style mountain scene, along with the poem written in Chinese and English, surround the contemporary tableaux.
This collaborative project, installed in two neighboring storefront windows, combines Yumei Hou’s intricate paper cutouts of traditional Chinese motifs with Jiang Xueman’s scrolling video of a refashioned Chinese lunar calendar.
The artist has converted an empty storefront into a simulated Chinese restaurant ironically offering only three entrees: 1. Cheap and good. (slow) 2. Cheap and fast. (crappy) and 3. Good and fast (expensive).
This mural, based on the popular Chinese folk tale “One Hundred Children,” incorporates animated images of local children running, jumping, and playing. Staged on a bright red background and spanning nearly 32 feet, the figures signify the good fortune and abundance brought to the community though its youth.
What is Art in Storefronts Art in Storefronts temporarily places original art installations by San Francisco artists in vacant and under-used storefront windows to engage local artists in reinvigorating neighborhoods and commercial corridors that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn.
Frequently Asked Questions Here are some questions that people have asked us so that they could start their own storefront program.
Chor has graciously requested that 20 percent of sales from his LTL PRINTS wall graphics
go towards the Community Arts and Education Program at the San Francisco Arts Commission.
One of the Art in Storefronts installations that created quite a buzz in the community is the installation at 3135 24th Street
created by Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez. Community members ask questions of "Ms. Teriosa," a wise fortune teller, who then publically shares the questions and responses.
The November episode of Culture Wire has aired including features on Wonderland and Christina Seely's photography exhibition, Lux
. It also includes a feature on Art in Storefronts, which you can view here.
"We know that there is a broken window phenomenon that when things begin to fall in disrepair in our communities, they only go downhill. If we can catch it as it happens and take a step further by bringing the gift of life through art into these vacant storefronts, we're going to save neighborhoods as we do it," said State Senator Mark Leno at the Bayview launch event.
Download an Art in Storefronts pocket-sized map.
On Friday, October 23, Mayor Gavin Newsom joined business people, artists, and community members to launch the Art and Storefronts pilot program. The program engages San Francisco-based artists to reinvigorate neighborhoods that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn.
ABC 7 News covered the launch of Art in Storefronts in Central Market and the Tenderloin, noting that "the San Francisco Arts Commission came up with a creative idea to cover a common blight."
Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched the Art and Storefronts pilot program, a new economic development initiative in Central Market and the Tenderloin. The program engages San Francisco-based artists to reinvigorate neighborhoods that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn.
Friday, October 30, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Third Street will come alive for the Art in Storefronts
Bayview launch event, featuring an art walk, jazz by youth group Pop Lyfe, and light refreshments. The community celebration will kick off with an unveiling of the four storefront windows designed by San Francisco artists at 4900 Third Street.