President’s Day Art with Veterans, Art-a-thon Ahoy!

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ARTSEED’S LABYRINTH STUDIOS

President’s Day Drop-In Art-Making 
Monday, February 20, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

ArtSeed’s Founder, Josefa Vaughan, wants you to join her and some veteran friends, alongside children who are on holiday, and other ArtSeed artists as we send mail art depicting our values and concerns to the White House or to any other address you choose.

ArtSeed’s 2017 theme is Marching Home: Grasping Valor, Preserving  Freedom and Protecting the Earth on the Way to Peace. A core stimulus for making works this year is the Mailing Home Project. Our aim is to illuminate the interconnectedness of social and environmental issues, revealing the urgency of how human power relations affect the health of the planet and all the people who live on it. Please share this event with your friends and come!

Art-a-thon Planning Meetings Start Now!  

(Sundays 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. until the event)

We need your ideas and energy to make Saturday, April 22 the most exciting day ever! This 10-hour art-and-music-making marathon brings together diverse families and artists of all ages and levels of expertise. ArtSeed’s 9th Annual Earth Day Art-a-thon in the Presidio’s Thoreau Center benefits ArtSeed’s neediest students and raises awareness of art’s healing power. There are lots of opportunities for you to be involved in this key fundraiser! Join us for planning, drinks and refreshments.

Free Weekly Drop-in Art-making for 
Artists and Families
(every Sunday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

Add your touch to a collaborative work-in-progress, find out about volunteering, teaching, coaching for classroom teachers, or sign your child up for day-long school holiday workshops, afterschool and weekend classes, or year-long apprenticeships.

Location of Planning Meetings and Drop-in ArtSeed Labyrinth Studios: 4301 Geary at 7th Ave San Francisco (Upstairs, studios #5, 5a, 5b, and 5c). For more information call Josefa at 415-656-9849 or Gino at 612-978-3511.

ArtSeed Team Spotlight: Jewli Judd

Photo by Jewli Judd

Reflections of an ArtSeed Volunteer

The day after the presidential election, I was feeling pretty down and hopeless. In addition to Hillary not becoming president, I had recently been laid off from a job. I found myself in the Labyrinth garden at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church on Geary and 7th Avenue. I walked the labyrinth a couple times and sat down and meditated. As I started to leave, a big beautiful dog came into the garden and jumped up and kissed me. “Amos” had felt my pain. Seconds later, Pastor Caiti appeared out of nowhere. She introduced herself as the pastor of PPUMC and invited me to come to church services the upcoming Sunday.

Jewli at the ArtSeed’s Labyrinth Studios.

I knew there was something missing from my life. I needed to belong to a community. I needed to have more spirituality in my life. I also needed to re-connect with my art, my photography. I saw the ArtSeed banner hanging outside of the garden. Something clicked.

As soon as I walked into the church on Sunday, I felt all the burden and hopelessness immediately lift from my shoulders. I met Josefa Vaughan, the executive director of ArtSeed after the service and she invited me upstairs to visit the studios. I had found my new home! I felt the love and peace and the sense of belonging. I immediately volunteered my services with ArtSeed. After all, I had a lot of time on my hands since I was not working. Continue reading