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On October 20 and 21, ArtSeed presented selected works from our educational programs alongside art by mentoring artists. This was held at the Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard, Building 101, Gallery and Studio 2513, San Francisco. We would like to thank everyone who visited, listened to our stories and shared their own stories and feedback. Click here to view photos of the Fall Open Studios.

Come to our next event on Veteran’s Day for our Annual ArtSeed Mailer & Family Workshop  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2018, ArtSeed’s Labyrinth Studios, 4301 Geary Blvd., 7th Avenue entrance, 2ndfloor, room 5, San Francisco.

For Inquiries, Call Josefa 415-656-9849 or Gino 612-978-3511

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What Have We Done?

Artists, veterans, children, and disabled adults work with artists to grapple with tough subjects such as the evolution of slavery and its various contemporary manifestations and other challenges faced by democracies around the world.

Who Was John Brown?

John Brown was an ardent abolitionist and deeply religious white man who, as a young boy, witnessed the beating of a black slave his own age. Born in Connecticut in 1800, he was hanged for treason fifty nine years later. After decades of being centrally involved in the abolition movement, he grew frustrated with prevailing pro-slavery politics.

With financial support from six wealthy patrons, Brown led nineteen followers into Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on October 16, 1859. His objective was to confiscate weapons from a rifle factory and an armory, then sweep across the southern United States, setting free every black slave he encountered. After a three-day battle, during which all but five of his men were killed, Brown was captured. His oration during the trial that followed, his interviews with journalists far and wide, and his letters written in the weeks before his death, brought the issue of slavery to the attention of the nation and the entire world. 

Ironically, this story of John Brown, our country’s first terrorist, has been of great interest to contemporary militant white nationalists even as it inspired non-violent civil rights activism of the 1950s and ’60s. Too few people nowadays are familiar with this fascinating chapter of American history and what it has to teach about the trauma of violence and alternative approaches to creating lasting change.

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