In addition to STAR grants to organizations who work in the Bayview Hunters Point community and our artist-in-residence program, STAR has produced historical exhibits at the Bayview Opera House, staged planning conferences with the Bayview community and greater Bay area arts community. As Shipyard redevelopment continues, STAR has increased our efforts connecting with the community to plann the future arts community to ensure that the needs of the community and artists are articulated and met throughout the project.
STAR was an early planner in an effort to plan for a Community Arts Center to be built at The Shipyard as part of the redevelopment process. A number of shipyard artists are active in SCA, Shipyard Community Arts committee which is focused on a community art center. This will be a multi disciplinary center that supports various forms of the arts, serving the Bayview Hunters Point Community and the Shipyard artists as well. All ages would be served, including children, teenagers, young adults, and seniors. Programs, staff, and participants would reflect of the diversity of the greater Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood including the artist on the Shipyard.
Recent activities - 2016
STAR’s Summer Art Program
On Monday afternoons in the summer of 2016, 15 kids from the Charles Drew elementary school in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood headed to the Building 101 auditorium for art class. Each week they found a different Shipyard artist prepared to teach them about an aspect of visual art: printmaking, drawing objects from life, bookmaking and paper marbling, and more.
STAR is very pleased to have partnered with the Urban Services YMCA, supported by a grant from the Hunters Point Shipyard developer Lennar, to offer this series of five classes.
Collage made by kids from Malcolm X Academy and Drew Elementary. Shipyard artists Carol Jessen, Brian Moore, and Karen Slater coordinated the project. Other artists who participated were Christina Quiroz, Carolyn Crampton, Elli Shahideh, and Marius Starkey.
Panel Discussion at the stARTup Art Fair SF
STAR participated in a panel discussion, "Developing & Preserving Artist Studio Space in Bay Area & Beyond," at the stARTup Art Fair SF on April 30, 2016. Moderated by Michelle Mansour (Executive Director, Root Division) and including panelists Karen Slater (VP, Shipyard Trust for the Arts Board of Directors), Brion Nuda Rosch (Director of Artist Studios, Minnesota Street Project), and Spike Kahn (Founder, Pacific Felt Factory), this conversation focused on arts organization advocacy that has succeeded in protecting and conserving artist studio/workspace at below market rent in the Bay Area. STAR Board members Stacey Carter and Ron Moultrie Saunders also participated in the discussion. (Video shot and edited by Andy Westhoff, running time 1:08:28)