Posted by Tyra Fennell in Arts & Economic Development, Blog, Kommunity Kiki, Tyra's World, Uncategorized on December 30, 2016
If you are active on social media, you know a lot of people hated 2016 and are happy to see it go. I have to admit, on many levels, 2016 was a rough year as a whole for me but all of its challenges have furthered my social and professional development. In 2016, there were a lot of positive transitions in my life including streamlining my friendships and commitments to provide space to build as well as taking extraordinary risks in order to achieve goals set at the end of 2015. I felt like in 2016, I really learned what I was made of.
In 2015, I co-founded Imprint.City, an organization seeking to cultivate art to vitalize underserved neighborhoods and underutilized spaces. In this post, I would like to reflect on what goals I accomplished in 2016 and outline what I hope to achieve in 2017.
In 2016, Imprint.City launched several arts projects and festival including the Bayview Harvest Festival and Bayview SPARC in partnership with the Flaming Lotus Girls. SPARC introduced the Bayview neighborhood to Burning Man and its youth to science, having them participate with building the featured Tesla Coils at MOXY in Oakland. We also supported the Tribe City Festival and though we do not plan to continue our partnership, it was an honor to assist with assuring the project was sustained. Our team looks forward watching the Tribe City Festival flourish under the leadership of its creator, Etecia Brown.
Imprint.City also produced a lighting installation at the 3rd Street Gallery, a space developed in partnership with curator Danielle Satinover, the Bayview Opera House and Andrea Baker Consulting. The 3rd Street Gallery is comprised of once vacant spaces on Third Street between McKinnon and Oakdale that we transformed into an arts and culture hub for the neighborhood. The 3rd Street Gallery continues to be a wonderful collaboration and a testament to the impact of neighborhood collaborations. We look forward to continued support for this project in 2017.
In 2016, Imprint. City additionally launch the first annual Bayview LIVE Music and Arts Festival located on Egbert Street between Third and Jennings Street. BayviewLIVE 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 tech education awareness and resources for Bayview youth, leveraging our partnership with Mission Bit, an organization strengthening the tech education pipeline for minority students. It was an honor to work with both Mission Bit and our arts education partner, the Mural Music and Art Project. And, as an aside, it was also wonderful to watch Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook run and win a seat on the San Francisco School Board. In 2016, the BayviewLIVE Festival attracted over 2,000 attendees and featured Grammy nominated artist, Jidenna. In 2017, we hope to build a more robust performing artist line up, an array of tech education organizations on display so parents in the neighborhood can actively register their children to participate. We would also like to increase our attendees to 5,000and build better transportation mechanisms to assure residents in outlier areas of the neighborhood are able to access the festival.
The birth of the SPRAYVIEW arts district, quietly launched during the 2016 BayviewLIVE Festival. The Sprayview will grow to
be an outdoor museum between the parameters of Yosemite and Egbert Avenue between Third and Ingalls Street in the Bayview Hunters Point. The beginning of this 5-8-year project curated by muralist Cameron Moberg can be seen on Egbert Avenue between Third and Jennings Street. The SPRAYVIEW will include more that large scale murals; we will be working with urban planners to build infrastructure that will include branding structures and signage as well as building support and organizing the merchants within the parameters of the project. Building the SPRAYVIEW will require community engagement, support from City agencies and the respect and participation of artists. In 2017, we hope to add 10 more murals to the Sprayview, extending down Egbert Avenue and Jennings Street during both the 2017 BayviewLIVE Festival and the new Southside Festival, which will specifically focus on showcasing local bands set to launch in the Spring of 2017.
Finally, Imprint.City is building a healing arts program in partnership with Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. This program seeks to deliver a holistic experience for its patients, and the arts is a vital component. The Heart Beats healing arts program includes a series of vibrant, interactive performances featuring an array of distinguished musicians. Click here to view Leah Garchik’s (San Francisco Chronicle) review of the first concert featuring harmonica virtuoso, Frederic Yonnet. We also welcomed vocalist Faye Carol and pianist Joe Warner in 2016. In 2017, we hope to expand our partnership to SF JAZZ and produce 10 unique music experiences for the hospital staff, patients and increase public awareness but welcoming all to each engagement.
These are my big, lofty goals for 2017 and as per usual in order to reach them, I have to stay positive and healthy which means staying fit and healthy. I love working out at the Third Street Boxing Gym and exciting to welcome partners and board members to our NEW Imprint office at the Minnesota Street Project, both located in the Dogpatch, San Francisco. 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 and plan to spend time learning and aligning with urban planning and redevelopment organizations so I can effectively build out the SPRAYVIEW and other Imprint.City projects.
Needless to say, in terms of my social calendar, 2016 was action packed which included a chance to experience the Wynwood Walls Arts Festival, Art Basel, party with Dave Chappelle, Frederic Yonnet, Q-Tip, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, David Blain, John Legend, Robert Glasper, Vince Staples and YES, Bradley Cooper in Ohio during Dave’s Juke Joint. I also attended a myriad of fun arts events in San Francisco including Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday party with the Zuckerberg General team, the Art Point Gala, hanging with Robert Glasper and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) at SF Jazz and the annual Chinese New Year celebration at the San Francisco Symphony. I hope in 2017, I can continue finding my way to the arts table at more fun and exciting events.
Have a wonderful end to 2016 and a happy beginning to 2017 and please LIKE Imprint.City on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to view our updates including information on upcoming events and programs and please, visit our website at imprintcity.org.
And, if you would like to support our work, please CLICK HERE to donate so we can accomplish all of our big, audacious goals in 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR!