Artivate: public art now

ARTIVATE: public art now is an art education and community engagement program using online and IRL mentorships between professional artists and promising young artists to professionalize and advance mural painting, printmaking and public art practices that help us explore ourselves as citizens. Artivate is a collaboration between SFAI’s City Studio, Collective Action Studio and Project Artivism. Over 16-weeks youth and mentors will work together to create dynamic public artworks with a variety of mediums, techniques, and forms in public space, both in San Francisco and Oakland, California.

Read about the Haight Street murals made by the talented ARTIVATE youth in hoodline!

[Kate] Laster and her crew taking a well deserved break at the Nickies site at 466 Haight Street.
Chris Williams and the BLM crew making magic happen at the Walgreens on Mission and Cesar Chavez in the Mission, SF

Virtual Open Drawing Studio

Join City Studio lead artists as they create innovative content for this non-synchronous, all-ages, and free drawing session! Building on SFAI’s history of offering free live model sessions on Friday afternoons since the 1950s, new drawing sessions will be uploaded each week to a custom platform to give both beginners and advanced drawers exciting and engaging opportunities to explore drawing techniques and conceptual modes of artmaking. These sessions will feature models of all ages and themes such as: Halloween, Black Joy, and of course an Exploration of Drawing Materials. This interactive online format allows participants to revisit the episodes again and again, creating a truly versatile and lasting tool for drawing the live model.

New episodes will be added every Friday evening, and the platform is accessible through this link

Chris Paddock films Tom Colcord in the pilot episode of the Remote Live Drawing Studio.
Trishna Kumar with youth participating in the cyanotype workshops at 2019’s Concentrate at the Fort Mason campus.