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April 1 - September 30, 2020

Venue
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Location
A Digital Art + Civic Experience

Color Checker (Pileup) 2 by Stephanie Syjuco, 2019

The planned exhibition at YBCA has been transformed into a digital art and civic experience going live on April 1. See ybca.org for more info. We encourage our community to take the census at home here.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

Download the coloring sheet featuring Houses by Antonio Benjamin here.




We are proud to announce that seven CE artists are included in Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) — an art and civic experience that examines the issues around the 2020 Census and its direct impact on each individual living in America. 

About the Exhibition
During the four months that the 2020 Census will be open, this participatory experience will feature artworks and activations by over twenty-five Bay Area artists whose work investigates identity, public life, and belonging to educate and inspire the Bay Area’s diverse communities about what’s at stake in this critical population count.

Artists
YBCA will present more than twenty-five Bay Area artists working across a range of disciplines to offer art-based explorations of identity, visibility, and citizenship against the backdrop of a city that many historically marginalized and undercounted communities call home. Ranging from site-specific and participatory installations to paintings, films, ceramics, and photographs, the works interrogate the social, political, and cultural implications of being counted. There are more than twelve opportunities for the public to touch, respond to, or co-create work on a daily basis.

Featured CE Artists: Linda Davenport, Daniel Green, Camille Holvoet, Vincent Jackson, Bertha Otoya, Kate Thompson, and Gerald Wiggins

Participating Artists: Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Micah Bazant, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Lukas Brekke-Miesner, Cece Carpio, Yueqi Chen, Rodney Ewing, First Exposures, Guillermo Galindo, Ana Teresa Fernández, June Grant, Chris Hamamoto, James Hosking, Vida Kuang, Liz Lerman, Bijun Liang, Richard Misrach, Takeshi Moro, Leah Nichols, Joan Osato, Maria Paz, Yesica Prado, Jerome Reyes, Dorothy R. Santos, SF Urban Film Fest, Lava Thomas, Sanctuary City Project, Arleene Correa Valencia

Informed and Inspired
YBCA will offer multiple census-taking stations throughout its galleries and lobby where communities can safely participate in the census as well as printed directions in four languages—traditional Chinese, English, Spanish, and Tagalog to assist with digital completion of the census which predominantly is presented in English. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance and information about how the census impacts individual rights, neighborhoods, and cities.

YBCA invites families to join us for weekly storytelling hours and self-guided art-making stations that will allow youth to experience art and civic engagement. To learn more about the events and activities, visit here.

The Campaign
Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is part of COME TO YOUR CENSUS, an arts-driven citywide campaign led by the Art+Action coalition—headquartered and incubated at YBCA and commissioned by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)—mobilizing around the 2020 Census.

Artwork by CE artists Andrew Li and Antonio Benjamin was licensed for use in this national campaign. Join the movement: Access the Come To Your Census Toolkits and Resources here.

About Art+Action
Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they’re galvanizing communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive their fair share of resources and political representation. Although the movement is starting locally, the goal is to set off a national spark.


Opening Celebration
Saturday, March 28
Join the community for a day-long opening celebration, including a myriad of activities and programming. More details about the event will be available at ybca.org

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wo bin ich? – Where am I?

July 5 - October 4, 2020

Venue
Kunsthaus Kannnen

Location
Münster, Germany

Untitled by James Montgomery, 2006-2007 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, multimedia on paper, 15 x 22.5 inches

We're excited to announce that artworks by Daniel Green, John Patrick McKenzie, and James Montgomery are included in an exhibition at Kuntshaus Kannen, a museum of outsider art in Münster, Germany.

While we won't be able to travel to enjoy the show ourselves, we're thrilled to be included in this international show.

About the Exhibition
What is visible and what is perceived? Where exactly am I?
The new exhibition “Where am I?” unites an array of illustrations and drawings from Kunsthaus Kannen (Münster) and two Californian studios, Creativity Explored (San Francisco) and Creative Growth (Oakland), which are engaged with the titular question.
The artworks, despite the geographic distance between North Rhine-Westphalia and California, show how they explore the same theme of place, orientation and contextualization. Place is not just understood as a tangible location, but is
transformed into the perception of place, or space, which is communicated across borders. The artists begin to answer how these spaces can be understood through their unique and individual viewpoints of documentation and storytelling.
In the artworks, textual elements and writing are used as pictorial mediums. Some artworks contain completed thoughts in the form of journal entries, lists, and postcards, while others express incomplete thoughts, repetitive words, or fragments of lyrics. Some artists have simplified singular words, letters, and numbers which present space as concept. The rare crossover of physical and mental space conveys the artists’ ability of capturing the “here and now” and their relationship between person, place and the present.
Artists: Robert Burda, Heinrich Büning, Daniel Green, Hans-Georg Kastilan, Hermann König, John Patrick McKenzie, James Montgomery, Laura Jo Pierce, Fritz Tobergte
Curator: Stephanie Trujillo, M.A.
The exhibition is on display from July 5th – October 4th, 2020.
Kunsthaus Kannen is a museum for Outsider Art and contemporary art. The Kunsthaus is a part of the Alexianer Campus in Münster-Amelsbüren.

 

September 11 - November 3, 2020

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA and Online

Untitled (Uncle Sam Hat Pig) by Miyuki Tsurukawa, 2018, glazed ceramic sculpture, 7.25 x 4.5 x 5 inches | Stars in exhibition title by Lucinda Addison

What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Who is the we in "We the People"?


The Good American
 is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Creativity Explored artists with developmental disabilities. Bookended by the anniversary of 9/11 and Election Day, November 3, the exhibition reflects on the people who made our country what it is today while providing uplifting, and sometimes satirical, commentary on the 2020 election cycle.

To celebrate the participatory nature of our republic, Creativity Explored is offering a series of programs and guerrilla activities with CE artists and the public. CE artists and community members will join to spark interest in civic participation, with art as a medium to mutual understanding and inclusion

Program topics include disability rights, accessibility, the 2020 census, voter registration, and an activist art-making project with Ana Teresa Fernández about immigration, identity and self-representation.

Artwork included in the exhibition will be available for sale on the CE Artsy page from September 11 to November 3, with 50% of proceeds benefiting artists directly.

Featured Artists: Zachary Adams*, Lucinda Addison, Ming Choi, Whitman Donaldson*, Ricardo Estella*, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Joseph "JD" Green, Isaias Gomez*, Nita Hicks, Camille Holvoet, Jesus Huezo*, Walter Kresnik, Ade Lewis, James Miles, John Patrick McKenzie, Jason Monzon*, Thomas Pringle*, Joseph Omolayole*, Sara O'Sullivan*, Irene Rivas*, Kate Thompson, Miyuki Tsurukawa, Rory White, Mignon Wilson*

Register for the exhibition to get immediate access when it goes live!

Get our Community Action Kit

Register above to receive access to the digital Good American Community Action Kit, including artful downloadable activities, accessible information about voting and the census, social media graphics, Zoom backgrounds and more!

The Community Action Kit will go live online when the exhibition launches on CE's Artsy page on September 11.

Registered guests will receive an email with links to the kit when the exhibition goes live.

Schedule of Events

All events are free but donations are encouraged. Registration for each event is required. Follow the links below to get tickets and see more information.

VIRTUAL DONOR PREVIEW & CURATOR TALK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will get early access to a curated lot of artwork before the exhibition goes live on the CE Artsy page.

Already got your invitation with your VIP Donor Code? RSVP here.

COME TO YOUR CENSUS ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census.

Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández, Art+Action Coalition representatives Amy Kisch (Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact) and Brittany Ficken (Executive Producer and Project Director), Adrienne Pon (Executive Director of San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs), and a special guest from the San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability.

Moderated by exhibition curator Cléa Massiani

RSVP for the Panel Discussion on September 15

IMAGINATE SATURDAY WORKSHOP: SOMOS / WE ARE

with ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special art-making project centering immigration, identity and self-representation. Participants can use any art materials on hand to join in. All ages and abilities are welcome.

RSVP for the SOMOS Workshop on September 26

 

Featured Events

The Good American - Virtual Donor Preview & Curator Talk
September 10, 2020
Starting at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Creativity Explored donors will receive a special invite to join curator Cléa Massiani and the CE community for an exclusive live virtual preview of the exhibition. Participating donors will ge...


The Good American - View online Sept 11
September 11 - November 3, 2020

  What does it mean to be a good citizen? Who is the we in "We the People"? The Good American is a celebration of the American spirit, featuring the work of Cr...


Come to Your Census Artists: Panel Discussion - The Good American
September 15, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join us for a conversation about the role of art in the most democratic process our country offers – the census. Panelists include artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández,&n...


SOMOS: Imaginate Saturdays Workshop with Ana Teresa Fernández - The Good American
September 26, 2020
Starting at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Join Creativity Explored artists and teachers for an interactive art-making workshop with artist and CE collaborator Ana Teresa Fernández. Fernández will lead us in a special a...