Neighborhood Notes: Indigenous Prayer Walk, SF Language Services Survey, Artist Opportunities, and Lots of Art
Indigenous prayer walk
In response to recent discoveries Indigenous children buried in residential schools in Canada, members of the Indigenous community hold a prayer walk Thursday to honor the lives lost, request empowerment of those responsible for and defenders of the rights of indigenous peoples.
“So now that the secret to these little buried bodies, our little Native American children, is buried, someone has to answer,” said Shirley Guevara, an organizer of the event. “Someone has to get up and say what happened. There must be a record of what happened to these children and why they were buried. “
The event is also organized to protest against the injustices and inequalities still experienced by indigenous communities, from the well documented tendency of missing and murdered Indigenous women to go unreported, The data showing that indigenous peoples are much less likely than others to live off running water, according to reports from indigenous communities living without electricity – and much more.
“Atrocities happen to us every day as Indians,” said Guevara. “It’s not just what happened (in Canada). “
The participants are asked to wear orange to the 1.5 mile walk, which begins at 4 p.m. at the Consulate General of Canada at 580 California Street. The first stop is at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the second at United Nations Plaza, and the third at the Civic Center.
They will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, where there will be performances and speakers from Indigenous groups, including Round Valley, Fred Short of the American Indian Movement and the women’s drum group Red Lightning Woman Power, Guevara said.
There will be representatives from the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco, the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health in SF, the KBBF bilingual public radio, the Disability Services and Legal Center, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two Spirit, Guevara said.
Art installation challenges women’s empowerment convention
Somatic artist Diana Lara challenges conventions of women’s empowerment through her dance video installation “The Just In Case Woman”.
In her installation, the 25-year-old professional artist explores the changing roles, expectations and responsibilities of women. It draws on the experiences of four women interviewed, his own experience as a somatic artist and the writings of academics Sylvia Federici and Verónica Gago.
The installation spans multiple rooms with soundscapes, pre-recorded dances, three-dimensional prints and more at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Growing up in Honduras, Lara would hear messages on the radio, from international organizations such as the United Nations, that an education and a job were what empowered a woman.
She acknowledged that this was not inaccurate, but it seemed insufficient – out of touch with the realities of women in countries where the socio-cultural rules surrounding gender are stronger and they experience more violence and sexual harassment.
“You have to struggle a lot to survive and feel safe as a woman, so it takes a lot of energy,” she said. “I sometimes feel like if you don’t succeed and you don’t get an education and a job, it’s like you don’t have enough power, it’s like they imposed too many responsibilities on the woman. “
People interviewed by Lara defined ’empowerment’ in several ways: having time, being creative, having community, being in nature, feeling the support of others, being vulnerable.
“I don’t even like to use the word ’empowerment’ because to me it feels like power, from a physics point of view, means doing things quickly and forcefully,” she said. . “That’s the definition of power, and it’s a very masculine perspective on things, isn’t it?” “
Artists will lead small group tours in afternoon sessions over the next three Fridays, July 2, 9 and 16. You can buy tickets here.
Work in the arts
The nonprofit Roots visual arts division offers several opportunities for artists looking to advance their careers, two with an application deadline on Thursday.
Applications for the non-profit organization’s scholarships and exhibitions are due on Thursday. Roots Division is also accepting applications for its discounted studio space.
“In our studio program, we provide discounted workspace and valuable professional and creative development opportunities for 25-30 studio artists,” said Phi Tran, director of marketing and design for the association. “In return, artists give back to the community through volunteer services in arts education and public programming.”
The program offers studio spaces to artists at below-market rates, usually with a one-year commitment, in exchange for 12 hours of community service per month, such as teaching classes or helping at exhibitions, said Rachel Welles. , operations assistant at Roots Division. Twenty-five to 30 studio artists use the space, and a solo space and a shared space are available.
“Many of our artists join us because they value community, and we try to foster an inclusive and diverse cohort,” said Welles. “So we encourage everyone to interact with each other and help each other.”
The two scholarships, open for applications once a year, will provide successful applicants with an annual stipend of $ 2,500 and access to free courses, workshops and other training.
The Education Fellow helps artist-teachers to develop curricula, prepare materials, observe classes and document youth artwork.
The exhibition scholar coordinates the presentations of the nonprofit studio artists at the Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space from August 2021 to May 2022, making studio tours, selecting works and arranging interviews and providing support for tasks such as image management, installation and revision. They can participate in the Conservation Committee for 10 months.
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The Drawing Room, a studio and gallery on 23rd Street off Capp Street, hosts a sale of original works, with proceeds going to artists and local businesses and organizations.
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San Francisco asks residents to take a short, anonymous investigation on how it can improve language services for those whose mother tongue is not English.
The survey, available in nine languages, is being conducted by the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs and the Immigrant Rights Commission.
Art in protest residence
The Gray Zone / Grand Theater de la Mission has launched an artistic residency program to help artists explore and expand their digital skills while creating art to promote human rights and democracy.
The program, Art in Protest Residency, will allow three artists – Chinese-Australian political cartoonist Badiucao, Belarusian illustrator and graphic designer Lilia kvatsabaya and Cuban performance artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara – use the incubator space at 2665, rue Mission from July 6 to October 4 to develop their projects. This will culminate with the presentation of their works in 2021 Oslo Freedom Forum, to be held in Oslo, Norway,
“Art is one of the most important and impactful forms of protest because it engages and fascinates the viewer,” Céline Boustani, head of the foundation’s programs, said in a statement. “Through the sheer power of their work, artists can connect and unify democratic movements around the world. “