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CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) Curatorial Residency Exhibition Gallery Visits

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Curated by Fátima Ramírez, Mauricio Ramírez, and Josué Rojas, CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) is a multidisciplinary traveling exhibition that centers U.S. Central American artists living in California as well as across the United States to examine their lived experiences in relation to the impact of mass migration, family separation, and the legacy of political action and solidarity with the people of Central America.

As Salvadoran curators raised in the U.S. after our parents fled the Civil War, the curators draw inspiration from the 1984 Artist Call Against U.S. Intervention which mobilized thousands of artists across the U.S. to join in the solidarity movement with the people of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. This call led to the creation of the PLACA murals at Balmy Alley and the Sanctuary Movement in San Francisco. This exhibition is a U.S. Central-American artist response to the attack on Central American families, particularly our youth who represent the next generation.

CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) seeks to humanize and uplift the experiences of recently arrived migrant youth among teenagers and young college students who wish to better understand the context for recent caravanas, or organized groups of migrants. Central American artists on the frontlines, speaking their truths from their perspective and their home base community. The last thing we want is for an entire generation of Central Americans living in the U.S. to internalize the xenophobic messages spread by mainstream media and by recent political administrations, which undermine their creativity, resourcefulness, and determination.

We are looking forward to seeing you at SOMArts Cultural Center for CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) exhibition. Ensuring the safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we've provided information below to help plan your visit:

Rescheduling/ Cancellations

  • For rescheduling and cancellations, please email info@somarts.org 24 hours before your arrival date/time, and a SOMArts staff person can help you accordingly.
  • Appointments are contingent on San Francisco’s tier status. Please stay tuned by visiting our COVID–19 updates page for any changes and/or announcements.
  • To contact SOMArts' on-duty gallery receptionist for urgent inquiries regarding your reservation, please call (415) 863-1414 Extension 107. You may enter the extension at any time. Please be aware that this number is only answered during limited gallery staffing hours Fridays 2:30-7:30 and Weekends 11:30-4:30 and messages are infrequently checked. Unless you have an immediate need to contact the gallery receptionist please contact us via email at info@somarts.org

Accessibility

  • To request accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please email gallery@somarts.org at least 3 weekdays before your appointment.

Arrival

  • You must check-in with SOMArts' staff upon arrival and before entry into the Main Gallery.
  • In accordance with San Francisco Health Directive No. 2020-32c, group reservations and group visits with members of different Households are not allowed.
  • To ensure space for social distancing, all guests must reserve a ticket for a specific date and entry time. Please arrive on-time for your scheduled appointment. Be aware that the gallery closes at 7:30 PM on Fridays and 4:30 PM on weekends.
  • If you arrive late, SOMArts staff may need to delay your entry until social distancing guidelines allow us to let you in. Guests will be admitted based on distancing requirements and capacity.
  • Be prepared to give your name at check-in (you do not need to print your ticket or have it ready to scan).
  • All guests are required to fill out a self-assessment form upon arrival. The form will be accessible by a QR code and all information submitted is confidential. If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you. Children will need a parent or guardian to fill out the form for them.
  • If you need assistance or have questions during your visit, please contact a SOMArts staff member. They will be located at the check-in desk and throughout the building and can be identified by their badge.

Mandatory Building Guidelines

  • Observe and follow signage. Follow any instructions from SOMArts’ on–duty COVID–19 Safety Managers.
  • All guests, including children over the age of 3, must wear a face mask at all times. Masks should be well-fitting and must not sag below the nose. Do not wear vented masks. Masks may not be removed for any reason, including speaking, phone calls, and food and beverage. Guests not observing this guideline will be asked to leave. Please review CDC mask guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and other persons not within your household.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands upon entering and after touching any surfaces. SOMArts has touchless sanitizer dispensers throughout the building.
  • Consumption of food and drink is not allowed inside the building, though it may be permitted in the building exterior if distancing requirements and other protocols are observed.
  • All water fountains have been temporarily decommissioned as per. San Francisco Health Directives.
  • Please ask SOMArts’ staff for restroom access.

You may not enter SOMArts if

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have had a test confirming you have the virus.
  • In the past 10-14 days, you have had “close contact” with anyone who has COVID-19 during their contagious period.
    • – “Close contact” means having any of the following interactions with someone with COVID-19 while they were contagious (they are contagious 48 hours before their symptoms began until at least 10 days after the start of symptoms). If the person with COVID-19 never had symptoms, they are contagious 48 hours before their COVID-19 test was collected until 10 days after they were tested.
    • Within 6 feet of them for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period
    • Having direct contact with their bodily fluids (coughed or sneezed on you or shared food utensils)
    • Living or staying overnight with them
    • Having physical or intimate contact including hugging and kissing
    • Taking care of them, or having them take care of you
  • In the last 24 hours, including today, you have had ANY of the symptoms below, that is new or not explained by another condition? Fever (100.4oF/38oC or greater) • Chills or shivering* • Cough • Sore throat • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing • Headache • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued* • Vomiting or diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • Runny or congested nose* • Muscle or body aches* • Nausea*
    • * Children and youth under 18 years old do not need to be screened for these symptoms since these symptoms are less common in youth with COVID-19.

As we do our best to produce groundbreaking exhibitions that speak to this moment in time, we understand that this experience will be different from what you are used to. We hope that you find power and inspiration throughout your visit to CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present) Exhibition.

Learn more about SOMArts COVID–19 safety plan by visiting https://somarts.org/covid19updates/

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