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Thomas Graves’s ArtSeed VIP caricatures drawn during the Art-a-thon

ArtSeed’s Art-a-thon was a rousing success! Check out some of the Art-a-thon’s many wild and magical moments on our Flickr page! Find some fantastic art and other highlights we have begun gathering here. View all of our photos collected throughout the day here.

The Art-a-thon supports scholarships for our Summer Intensive camp where artists and children build new artwork for our Presidio Exhibition, “New Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together.” We want to express enormous gratitude to all Art-a-thon donors, presenters, and participants. We are especially grateful to the Mightycause leaderboard fundraisers who continue to go neck and neck until the race ends May 24! 

Now is the time to name the Day-of-Art-a-thon Champions, Sabine Gysens (1st Place and Grand Prize Winner), Luned Palmer (2nd Place), and Michelle Echenique (3rd Place). All ArtSeed participants are winners of a recent $10,000 Peaceful World Foundation Award. We are hugely grateful for this and for continuing support from our major sponsors, David Gavrich, and Tony and Caroline Grant.

Thomas Graves and Josefa Vaughan went head to head in a drawing competition of ArtSeed Board President, William Bicknell in the tenth hour of the Art-a-thon

Call for volunteers and participants to help decommission the Labyrinth Studios in preparation for our Presidio Summer Intensive camp and the new Hunters Point Shipyard Studio Residency. Contact josefa@artseed.org 415-656-9849 to join the curbside moving and free art stuff pick up pizza party. Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Other Annual ArtSeed Events (Save the dates!)

Weekdays, July 12 – 30, 2021, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., ArtSeed Fine Arts Summer Intensive (2nd annual virtual event with hybrid aspects). For ten students, ages 6 to 19 years, or for younger students after an interview. Individual portfolio and collaborative project building workshop with teaching artists and adult volunteers who also learn new techniques from guest presenters. Everything culminates in an exhibition. Online and limited outdoors contact by appointment with meet and pick-ups at ArtSeed’s Presidio WorkSpaces, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., Suites 206 & 210, Tides Converge. Register here.

Thursday, September 2, 5–7 p.m., and Saturday, October 2, 3–5 p.m., 2021 (hybrid event). Opening and closing receptions for ArtSeed’s exhibition Online and in the PresidioNew Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together can be viewed by appointment (call or text: 415-656-9849) in accordance with San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19). China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, Tides Converge, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco. ArtSeed participants and featured artists are also showcased on our website Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery. Online virtual receptions feature musicians as well as the visual arts. To submit your art: Send us a photograph with this completed form after printing. Then mail (P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129) or scan and email both to josefa@artseed.org. Call 415-656-9849 to arrange drop-off in the Presidio.

Weekly Online Focus Groups:

  • Sunday and Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m. Art Share / Brainstorming for all ages.
  • Tuesday, 2 – 5 p.m. Art Lessons and Online Projects for mature kids and teens.
  • Friday, 1 – 2 p.m. Veterans’ Art Lab with ArtSeed hosted by the Veteran’s Administration. To register, contact Dan at 415-221-4810 X22839.

To join Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday sessions:
Contact josefa@artseed.org, or call or text 415-656-9849 to get the link for
Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

  1. Volunteer with ArtSeed
  2. Apply for private instruction (application form with fee schedule)
  3. Apply for collaborative art-making (adult students may use this permission form)
  4. Visit our Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery
  5. Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here
  6. Follow ArtSeed on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr
  7. Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project 
  8. Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: See how in our 2020 Annual Letter
  9. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe)
  10. Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here.
  11. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines
  12. Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets
  13. Check out the Fine Arts Summer Intensive Bookmark Flyer
  14. Complete the Fine Arts Summer Intensive Registration Form

Check out ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project

Buy, or pick up some free, art supplies at ArtSeed Shop & Share Project to support ArtSeed’s remote learning programs. These treasures can be obtained by appointment in accordance with San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19). Contact jennifer@artseed.org and copy josefa@artseed.org

Enter our Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery!
To learn more about Michelle and ArtSeed click here.
ArtSeed’s In Real Life (IRL) Presidio Exhibition will extend into 2021 and can be viewed by appointment (call or text: 415-656-9849) in accordance with 
San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19).
China Brotsky and Seed Galleries at Tides Converge, 
1007 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco.

ArtSeed Programs Flickr Photos: 
View 2020 Summer Intensive Week One / Two / Three and our Participant List
2020 Summer Intensive Calendar of Activities

Sam Kuang’s Self Portrait
Heidi’s Thank You
Drawing of Heidi by Sam
Heidi’s Portrait

ArtSeed’s Hunters Point Shipyard Studio Residency Program

Congratulations to Sam Kuang for finishing their 2020 artist residency at Hunters Point Shipyard. We welcome our new 2021 artist-in-resident, Thomas Graves. Thomas Graves has a Commercial Arts degree and an Animation Associates degree from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. While serving in the military, he worked as a cartoonist for the local newspaper in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He has a passion for all forms of art and lives in San Francisco. Thomas loves volunteering for worthy causes and anything art-related is at the top of his list.


Art-a-thon 2021 Presenters: Heidi Majano (right) and Greta Severson (left)

“Greta and I met in Seattle as Peace Corps Volunteers being sent to Papua New Guinea in 2000. We both share a special sisterhood connection and we always spoke about working together in a format related to our love for peace and art. In late 2020, Josefa and I spoke about the possibility to do collaborative work together in Peace Activism through the Arts.”
-Heidi Majano, Executive Director of the Peaceful World Foundation

“I have been teaching art for 18 years. I have taught all grade levels K-12 though I currently teach middle and high school for the Gateway School District in Monroeville, PA. Annually, I also volunteer to teach art workshops with our local library to students in the surrounding area. Working on this project with Heidi has been exciting as we both had little knowledge on the origins of the peace symbol.”
-Greta Severson, Art Teacher on the topic: Peace Activism through the Arts

Save the date: Tuesday, June 8, 2-3 p.m. History of Peace Symbols, Activism, and the works of Sister Mary Corita, an online workshop for ArtSeed.

ArtSeed is always open to new talent. If you’re interested in presenting or teaching something this year, please send us your presenter packets. Click here to see 23 Teaching Artist and Presenter Packets that were made according to these guidelines. We welcome your ideas, should you apply to teach, using this format.

ArtSeed Contact Information:
Josefa Vaughan, Founding Director 415-656-9849 / josefa@artseed.org 
Jennifer Spencer, Virtual Office Manager 415-409-1761 / jennifer@artseed.org 
Aberswyth van Bueren, Events Coordinator 415-680-0567 / aber@artseed.org
Sam Kuang, Technical Support 415-734-6993 / sam@artseed.org

ArtSeed is a non-profit tax-exempt fine arts/youth leadership organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and Revenue and Tax Code 27301d. Your charitable contribution to ArtSeed, made without expectation of material benefit, therefore is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Retain this IRS Determination Letter, if needed, for your records. 

Forward these URLs to a friend:
Volunteer with ArtSeed: https://www.artseed.org/volunteering/
Apply for private instruction (application form with fee schedule): https://bit.ly/2MzHNeM
Apply for collaborative art-making (adult application and permission form): https://bit.ly/39pQOQm
Follow ArtSeed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtSeed.org
Follow ArtSeed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artseed_sf/
Check out photos of the ArtSeed’s activities at ArtSeed’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/artseed/albums
Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here: https://www.artseed.org/programevaluation/
Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe): https://bit.ly/39L4ft7
Visit Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery:https://www.artseed.org/2020-exhibition-gallery/
Preview 2021 Programs starting March 1: https://www.artseed.org/programs/
Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: https://bit.ly/3iup4Nw
Check out the ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project: https://www.artseed.org/shop/
Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Art-A-Thon2021
Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2Q83i8n
Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets: https://www.artseed.org/artseed-teaching-artist-packets/
Fine Arts Summer Intensive Bookmark Flyer: https://www.artseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SummerInt21FinalBookmarkFlyer_331.pdf
Fine Arts Summer Intensive Registration Form
: https://www.artseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/4_1-21RegistrationFormIntensiveEnglish.pdf