Community family event coincides with Fall Open Studios at
Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard
On Saturday, November 3rd, the first two of 20 panels from the mosaic mural, a new public art work, created by noted San Francisco artist Heidi Hardin, will be unveiled at the annual ArtSpan Open Studios Family Art Day at The Shipyard.
The unveiling will happen at 1pm at the community event, which takes place from 11am to 4p. at The Shipyard – HPS community Center at 151 Galvez Avenue.
“So many people in this community have poured their hearts and souls into this transformative project,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Malia Cohen. ” This marks another step toward the rejuvenation of Bayview Hunters Point. What better way to celebrate than through a display of art and a gathering of families.’’
Family Art Day’s “The Art of Building Community’’ is hosted by ArtSpan and the Bayview YMCA. The two groups have joined to create a day of Family Art Activities that coincides with Fall Open Studios at The Shipyard.
The art piece created by Hardin and her team of local teens and children, Colette Crutcher, and local Middle and High School teachers will be installed in the Hillpoint Park overlooking the historic Hunters Point Shipyard. It is one of 9 public art pieces to be erected throughout The Shipyard community, which currently is under development. The piece titled, “Stream of Consciousness” is a part of the cultural historic recognition program (CHRP) which is one of the community benefit programs included in the Community Benefits Agreement of the the Shipyard Phase 1 Development and Disposition Agreement.
In conjunction with the unveiling, ArtSpan also will announce the winner of a sailboat-making art project between Bret Harte Elementary and Malcolm X Academy. Students from the two schools have been working with The Shipyard’s artist-in-residence Brian Moore to create their own innovative sailboats in celebration of Family Art Day and the America’s Cup.
“It’s so exciting that Heidi Hardin has agreed to unveil her piece on this day devoted to kids and the community,’’ said Cristina Ibarra, program manager for ArtSpan.
Added Kevin Wilson, program director of Urban Services YMCA: “We are thrilled to be part of an event that celebrates rebirth and renewal for the people of Bayview Hunters Point. Good things are happening here, and we want to be a part of it.’’
The community event will include activities such as art-making to face-painting, dancing and even a scavenger hunt. Parents will be able to talk with representatives from a variety of community agencies such as Parent University, Goodwill, SFHDC and the Tzu Chi Foundation.
ArtSpan, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, builds a community by connecting the public to visual arts in San Francisco. Through SF Open Studios, youth and adult education, and art-centric events, ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area that values the arts.
About The Shipyward:
Located along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, The Shipyard was once the economic heart of Bayview/Hunters Point. Its revival as a thriving neighborhood is underway. A model for green living, The Shipyard promises to be some of the most desirable San Francisco real estate. The new community builds on the existing assets of Hunters Point, which include the nation’s oldest and largest arts colony.