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April 1 - July 31, 2020

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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.

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

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

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