Posted by Tyra Fennell in Arts & Economic Development, Blog, Kommunity Kiki, Politics, Tyra's World on December 26, 2015
Over the course of my life, I have always embraced the fact that growth is a part of life and always cognizant for the need to be open to change. 2015 was another year of growth and memorializing my thoughts allows me to not only set my plan for the coming year but is also a tool for reflection on the things I did right and what I can do better. In last year’s entry, I wrote about launching my own organization, well in 2015 Imprint.City was born an organization seeking to cultivate art to vitalize community in underutilized, vacant spaces.
Imprint.City has several projects including the Black Love Festival, started by Etecia Brown and China Pharr, PRIDE in Bayview and Pints for Paintings. We are also a part of a collaborative group including curator Danielle Santinover, the Bayview Opera House and Bayview Underground Food Scene that secures vacant spaces around the Third Street Corridor and activates them with arts and culture while also providing a platform for our local merchants and community based organizations. Such projects include the Third Street Village Art Market Project and activating the recent community purchased (Old) Bayview Police Station located on Newcomb Street.
In 2016, Imprint. City will also launch the Bayview LIVE Music and Arts Festival located on Egbert Street between Third and Jennings Street. Bayview LIVE is an annual event created to highlight the beauty of performing and visual artists that reflect the cultural landscape of the neighborhood while also shining a light on local businesses. The Festival serves mechanism to raise awareness and resources for STEM education for Bayview youth, leveraging our partnership with Mission Bit, an organization strengthening the tech education pipeline for minority students. Imprint.City will function as lead organization in collaboration with key project partners Mission Bit, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Trust for Public Land, Young Community Developers and the Bayview YMCA, assuring outcomes are met with quality and efficiency. Each of our partners were carefully chosen because of their deep relationship to the Bayview and level of expertise. We have also leveraged a partnership with KPOO radio’s Ibeji Lounge which will interview our artists, presenters and team about upcoming events and are even committed to hosting live shows from the neighborhood. Thank you Melonie and Melorra Green.
In order to add to the neighborhood success, Imprint.City will further engage the festival’s parameters (Third Street to Ingalls and Van Dyke to Fitzgerald) and advocate for accoutrements to grow this desolate space into a vibrant social hub including securing decorative lighting similar to that in the Tenderloin along Polk Street, engaging surrounding merchants as our planning process moves forward to gain feedback on how we can better support the area and involve them in the Festival planning process. Our engagement two of our most important stakeholders Mother Browns and Bayview Seniors Services. Imprint.City will also engage the Bay Area Bike Coalition to gain understanding of bike lane planning as it pertains to Bayview and shared bike lanes along Jennings to Candlestick Point Park.
These are my big, lofty goals for 2016, enough to keep me super busy so another goal, as a byproduct is to stay effectual regarding my energy and time. This includes staying fit and healthy with a brand new membership at the Third Street Boxing Gym and
using food as fuel, rededicating myself to clean eating. I plan to focus inward this year, lending myself to initiatives that speak my heart. I am rededicating myself to my work as Chair of the Bayview YMCA and so honored to be working with their Executive Director, Takija Gardner to build greater support for this anchor organization. I also look forward to facilitating my first workshop on Arts and Progressive Politics for the New Leaders Council’s 2016 class, moving the progressive agenda forward. I also hope to deepen my relationship with Bayview Legal, an organization pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation in high need neighborhoods, starting in Bayview Hunters Point.
Finally, as an aside, I want to shout out all of the candidates that are running in 2016 which is sure to be a tough political year both locally and nationally. I would particularly like to wish Supervisor Jane Kim good luck on her bid to win the State Senate seat.
Have a wonderful end to 2015 and a happy beginning to 2016. I am excited, nervous, optimistic and energized. Happy New Year and please like Imprint.City on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to view our updates including information on upcoming community meetings and please, visit our ever evolving website at www.imprintcity.org