Tyra Fennell is the founder and executive director of Imprint.City, an organization seeking to activate industrial, underutilized spaces with art projects, encouraging community and economic development.
Imprint.City is currently producing Bayview LIVE, an annual arts and music festival created to highlight the beauty of performing and visual arts that reflects the cultural landscape of the Bayview Hunters Point and in partnership with Mission Bit, an organization offering free programming classes taught by computer science majors, tech leaders and software developers, supports tech education programming for Bayview youth. Imprint.City also produces two subsequent Bayview-based festivals including Tribe City Festival, the West Coast’s answer to Afro Punk and the Burning Man inspired SPARC Festival in collaboration with the Flaming Lotus Girls.
Prior to launching Imprint.City, Tyra Fennell developed and implemented programs for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also credited for starting then SF49ers Vernon Davis’ Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, now the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts and 3rd on Third, an activation which continues to occur every third Friday in Bayview.
Tyra currently serves on the board of Bayview Community Legal and has served as the chair of the Bayview YMCA. In addition to the aforementioned organizations, Tyra is the chair of the arts and culture committee for the Bayview Alliance, spearheaded by philanthropist Roselyne “Cissie” Swig. Tyra also serves as a member of Leader Nancy Pelosi’s African American Roundtable, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu’s Women’s Committee and is an Emerge California Fellow. She is also a resident of the Bayview Hunters Point and a Howard University graduate.
To learn about Imprint.City programs and events, visit imprintcity.org