ArtSeed’s Annual Letter of Appeal

Dear ArtSeed Friend, 

For seventeen years ArtSeed’s Mission has been to connect gifted and vulnerable communities. This year more than 500 children, teachers, and artists worked weekly to create a final exhibition that was the culmination of an unparalleled long haul and in-depth approach to teaching. Our methods and techniques are time-tested. Young people grappled with sophisticated and relevant themes that stimulated critical thinking. They developed discipline and expressive skills that changed attitudes about their future.

“As an ArtSeed student I learned that a mistake can turn into something beautiful. Like in life, things don’t always turn out as you might hope, but they can end up being something unexpected that you will learn to love.”– Kimberly, ArtSeed Youth Council

What we do is largely made possible by gifts of money and time from individuals like you. A self-addressed envelope is enclosed. Please use it to send us your feedback, encouragement, and, if you believe in our mission, please send us your check made payable to ArtSeed or click “Donate” at In response you will receive our heartiest thanks, recognition on our website, along with a nifty hand-made surprise! We hope that your name will be on that list reflecting a new level of generosity as we go forward! 

ArtSeed’s Apprenticeship/Internship Program doubled in size as we expanded into magical new digs! Every Sunday, 1-3 p.m., we’d love to have you come to our new studios at 4301 Geary Boulevard at 7th Avenue in San Francisco. Make art, have fun, discover new friends, and brainstorm with artists and kids for our coming season and next summer’s exhibition, Marching Home: Grasping Valor, Seeking Freedom, and Preserving History on the Way to Peace. How would you interpret such a theme?

Creativity saves lives by giving voice to irreplaceable points of view. Bay Area veterans, artists, students, teachers, and elders want to explore with you the meaning of statesmanship, bravery and belonging. You can see the results of these workshops in two open studios in Bayview Hunters Point and an exhibition at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio, a historic National Park.

“During ArtSeed’s Summer Intensive, I noticed lots of laughter. I was an independent, serious girl, but when I started knowing other people better, I became more playful and kind. ArtSeed changed my personality.” – Paola, ArtSeed Youth Council

Please grow with us! No matter your gift’s size, you will have an intimate sense of its impact. ArtSeed is grateful for your support and we thank you warmly in advance!

Josefa VaughanFounder and Executive Director

Big hugs to Josefa’s first art teacher, Pilar Rubin, the first responder to the this recently mailed letter of appeal. Thanks to all who helped put it together and sent it out! Please note, ArtSeed is currently updating its contact database so please let us know of any errors or inconsistencies.

Email:, Cell: 415-656-9849, Fax: 415-751-4442

All contributions to ArtSeed, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN #: 52-2368513 

Veterans Day Drop In, Neighbor.Hood

Veterans Day Drop In Art-Making
at ArtSeed’s Labyrinth Studios
Friday, November 11, 8:30am-5:30pm

School holiday but you work? Your child will have a blast this Friday and get a free mystery box! Learn more about coaching for teaching artists, staff development for classroom teachers, day-long school holiday workshops, afterschool and weekend classes, or year-long apprenticeships. Location: 4301 Geary at 7th Ave (garden stairs, 2nd floor, Room #5).
More Holiday Workshops in 2017: MLK Holiday January 16; Lunar New Year January 27; President’s Day February 20; Caesar Cháves Day March 31. Make a request for specific days and times during Spring Break.

Neighbor.Hood: A Photo Exhibition
by  Charles “Trey” Houston
Friday, November 11, 11am-9pm (Reception 6pm-9pm)
Saturday, November 12, 11am-6pm (Reception 12pm-3pm)
A New Leaf Florist, 1501 Franklin St., between Bush St. and Pine St.

Neighbor.Hood, a photo series by long-time ArtSeed photographer, Charles “Trey” Houston, exhibits a wide-variety of one-of-a-kind images taken from nearly 5 years of exploring the streets of San Francisco. What defines your neighborhood? What are its boundaries? What are the daily generalities and idiosyncrasies of its people and buildings, from the whimsical to the stark (and all that lies between)?A New Leaf Florist is a family run florist providing services around San Francisco and the Bay Area for more than a decade.
Meet Gabriel and Pablo!

For more information, contact Trey at 415-794-3456 /

ArtSeed’s Fall Open Studios Wrap Up

Thank you for supporting ArtSeed’s Fall Open Studios on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Selected work from our summer programs was displayed alongside art by practicing artists and we gave away 80 mystery boxes. Don’t forget to pickup a mystery box at the Drop In Veterans Day art-making. See you again at Spring Open Studios! View Photos.
Also, ArtSeed had a fantastic time hosting an art-making table at
Peace In the Park
on Saturday, September 17.  View Photos

ArtSeed’s Annual Mailer

Come to help with our annual mailer, Saturday, November 19, 10am-6pm, and Monday, November 21, 10am-6pm. Refreshments will be provided, and maybe some live music! Map: Thoreau Center for Sustainability

ArtSeed’s Holiday Party 
Celebrate at ArtSeed’s Holiday Party on Saturday, December 17, 6pm-10pm, to honor ArtSeed’s volunteers. Richmond district or Presidio location TBD.

For more information call Josefa Call at 415-656-9849.

ArtSeed Programs 2015-16 Final Report
This year’s theme and title of ArtSeed’s final exhibition was “Cottage Industry 2016: Locomotion, Collaboration, Let’s Beat Poverty and Racism In All Their Forms!” With its sense of urgency it produced the most activity ever. Never has our final body of work been more precise and yet expansive in its rendering of our chosen topics: Locomotion, Collaboration, Poverty, and Racism.
Read the final report

Check out ArtSeed’s platinum level profile update on Guide Star. ArtSeed is now at 100% for the points achievable on this platform.
Visit our Guide Star Profile