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ReFresh & ReFrame: Thursday Art Making Series

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ReFresh & ReFrame is a month-long celebration of experiential educators & teaching artists with a focus on creative practice & wellness!

About this event

This May the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area is celebrating the ongoing work of educators, especially out-of-school time educators, teaching artists, and other often under-recognized community mentors. These incredible artists/educators have supported the social and emotional wellness of community members including students, elderly, and families during this difficult time. While we appreciate this essential work for our communities, there is a need to also invest in our own creative practice and personal wellness.

In response to requests from educators and artists, ReFresh & ReFrame encompasses:

  • Thursday Art Making Series every Thursday in May from 5 pm - 6pm. 4 Weeks, 4 Ways to Get Your Creativity Flowing. All Workshops are Free. Look below for workshop descriptions!

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Thursday May 6 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Performing Poetic Flow with Sierra Gonzalez

In this workshop participants will be guided to utilize mindfulness, music, and community engagement to tap-in to their most present state of mind, turn on their creative writing flow and craft a unique poetic piece reflective of that specific time.

About Sierra

Sierra Gonzalez’s philosophy is that creative self-expression, the performing arts and holistic health education are catalysts for healing the mind, body and spirit. Gonzalez incorporates, storytelling, hip-hop, filmmaking, theatre, rhythm and poetry (rap), expressive movement, sound frequencies and tools for personal development in her creative educational works. Sierra’s greatest strengths are her capacity to create safe inclusive environments where participants of all demographics are excited to tap into their most creative selves and share those gifts with the world. Sierra expands her creative influence by collaborating with indie artists and community organizations to curate performing arts and personal development projects that celebrate the transformative expression of youth, teens and marginalized adults.

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Thursday May 13 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Music Matters with Marcus Shelby

In this interactive workshop, Marcus will offer an overview of how music has historically reflected on current events and social/cultural movements and guide participants through reflecting on landmark moments of this past year. Together we'll facilitate our connection of those themes to musical vocabulary and creative expression. Participants should bring their instrument (or voice).

About Marcus

Marcus Shelby, is a composer, arranger, bandleader, bassist, educator, Director of Community Music Center’s Teen Jazz Orchestra, SF Arts Commissioner and Artistic Director of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education. He has created numerous works that reflect on Black history, historic moments and contemporary issues including: “Harriet Tubman”, “Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio”, “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues”, “Green and Blues” and a children’s opera “Harriet’s Spirit”.

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Thursday May 20 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Collage and Sketchbooking for Wellness, Introspection, and Catharsis with Steph Kudisch

We will focus on collage and writing-based journaling/sketchbooking practice with an understanding that social justice work is deeply rooted in personal experiences. Prior to the session, we’ll gather up ephemera (personal photographs, scraps of paper, to-do lists, dried flowers, etch) to collage with - anything goes! We will talk about and practice how writing and drawing can be some of the most effective ways to process our lives-- and how cathartic and clarifying it can feel to open up and get vulnerable in your notebook.

We will also work through writing exercises that delve into individual experiences and interests in activism through an anti-bias & anti-racist framework, using prompts and methods that I use in my own sketchbook/journal practice (with some Lynda Barry-inspired exercises as well)!

About Steph

Steph Kudisch is a teaching artist and art preparator based in the Bay Area. Focusing in screenprint, sound, and ceramics, Kudisch received their MFA as well as the Isaac M. Walter Sculpture Prize from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018. Kudisch is a genderfluid artist whose artwork coaxes viewers to become participants, questioning assumptions and implicit bias about disability and queerness. They teach drawing, ceramics and bookmaking classes through Earthfire Arts Studio, as well as drawing, sculpture, painting, and printmaking through the San Francisco Children’s Art Center’s Preschool For All program. Kudisch is a member of the San Francisco Poster Syndicate, where they create and live-print screen printed political posters.

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Thursday May 27 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Nurturing Yourself through Anti-Racist Artistic Practice with Chinchin Hsu & Mitzi Ulloa

As educators and school staff who continue to hold space for our students through the pandemic, carving space for creativity is a way for us to nurture oneself. Mitzi Ulloa and Chinchin Hsu will co-facilitate an art-making activity incorporating elements of visual art and movement centering Performing Arts Workshop’s Anti-racism Framework in a healing and grounding practice.

About Chinchin

Chinchin Hsu, a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She has trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, Chinese Martial Art, Tai-chi, improvisation and composition. She graduated from New World School of the Arts and received her BFA in dance from University of Florida. In 2008, Chinchin moved to San Francisco and has danced with ODC, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Tanya Bello's, Lenora Lee’s Asian Improv and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Chinchin joined Performing Arts Workshop in 2008. Chinchin teaches creative movement and serves as Lead Core Artist Mentor at Performing Arts Workshop. Chinchin was awarded Izzie Award 2018-2019 - Outstanding Achievement in Performance.

About Mitzi

I was born in a seaport town located in the Los Angeles harbor (Tongva Land), raised in Turlock (Yokuts Valley) and migrated to San Francisco (Ramaytush Ohlone ) as a young adult. I am the oldest of eight siblings and a proud daughter of Immigrants. I am the first in my family to attend college and graduate with a Master’s Degree in Education. Presently, I am a Visual and Performing Arts Teacher with SFUSD and I am part of the PULSE (Peers United for Leadership Service & Equity) Pathway at Balboa High School. I currently dance with the Arenas Dance Company and continue to study various art mediums from amazing artists in the Bay Area, Caribbean and Latin America. I LOVE to CREATE, PLAY and BUILD CommUNITY through Dance and Art.

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