Call for participants (artist or non artist) to paint a face for exhibition.
You can have a half-hour of guidance or interpret simple written instructions for portrait painting. Experiment with materials and share ideas with your neighbors on a collaborative painting. Celebrate a historic number of women in power alongside images of their more vulnerable counterparts who are counted among the murdered or missing women. Click here for Keystone Project photos.

Location and Schedule:

ArtSeed’s Studio Office, #206 at Tides Converge in the Presidio, 1007 General Kennedy Avenue, San Francisco
When: Anytime by appointment (or self-serve during the exhibition); Free Coaching on Friday afternoons 1 – 5 p.m. until October 4

CONTACT: Josefa Vaughan, 415-656-9849;

Your participation in the above project will crown ArtSeed’s 2019 PRESIDIO INTERACTIVE ART EXHIBITION

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 5th (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 5th (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or by appointment
LOCATION: Tides’ China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco, CA 94129; easy parking and wheelchair accessibl



A keystone project call for participants: Visitors and Tenants at two locations will be invited to engage in our three-part project: 1) Research the background of a Congresswoman and/or a woman known to have been murdered or has disappeared; 2) Reflect on this woman and what her concerns might be, or may have been, by painting her “likeness”; 3) Write to this woman, on ArtSeed prepared letter template (we will send it with a stamped return envelope), describing what your main concerns are. If she is a Congresswoman, tell her how best to represent you in seeking solutions. If she is one who has vanished, tell her about your painting, what you imagine her hopes and dreams were and that she is included in our project.

ArtSeed invites people of all ages and skill levels to expand their creative art-making abilities for the purpose of touching lives and effecting positive social change.

My name is Josefa Vaughan, and ArtSeed is a non-profit organization I founded in the year 2000. Our mission is to connect gifted and vulnerable folks through activist art projects that voice the concerns and hopes for our time. We also aim to foster nurturing and enduring relationships when children, the elderly, or disabled adults connect with artists. ArtSeed happens in classrooms, at public events, and in long-term studio apprenticeships. We involve professionals from many fields who provide valuable input as we brainstorm annual themes, explore related questions, and practice new skills.

We aim to express diverse points of views with “Fast Art Stops” in the Bayview Hunters Point, SF Richmond District, and in the Presidio.

Participants will experiment with materials and share ideas that can impact the outcome of a young life by interpreting a face on a large, two-part collaborative painting. The idea is to juxtapose portraits of all 131 Congresswomen (a historic number of women in power) alongside images of their more vulnerable counterparts who are counted among disappeared, murdered or missing women. It’s been described in the media as an epidemic, a backlash to the #MeToo Movement, a combination of ineffective policing in poor communities, and “compassion fatigue” that has us helplessly turning away from such stories. There are often curious links between polar worlds. We hope to draw connections between these worlds with our project which was inspired by reading the following two New York Times articles:

  • In a jailhouse interview with Jillian Lauren for New York magazine, Mr. Little said that he had evaded capture by preying on those whose deaths would not garner widespread public attention. “I never killed no senators or governors or fancy New York journalists – nothing like that,” he told Ms. Lauren. “I killed you, it’d be all over the news the next day. I stayed in the ghettos.” Angela Williamson, a senior policy adviser on forensics at the Department of Justice, noted that without Mr. Little’s confessions, investigators might never have known that he had committed so many crimes [90+]. Most of the time, there was no physical evidence. “We just want to get these girls their names back,” she said. “We want to give answers to their families or friends who are wondering what happened to them and close the cases and get some kind of resolution.”

  • A recent New York Times section, Redefining Representation: Women of the 116th Congress, was devoted to color photographs and bios for all but one of 131 Congresswomen currently in office. 
    “For most of recorded American history, political power has looked a certain way. Portraits of power call certain images to mind – those of older, white men, dressed in suits and depicted in formal settings. The 2018 midterm elections ushered in a change in representation; … Many of these women, spanning generations, serve as firsts in Congress: the first women representing their states, the first female combat veteran, the first Native American women, the first Muslim women, the first openly gay member of the Senate, the first woman Speaker of the House – the list goes on. … What it means to be a woman in power varies significantly, even among this class of 131 women. …” – Elizabeth D. Herman, Photojournalist

Students, artists, and non-artists from ArtSeed’s schools, events (such as our Art-a-thon and Hunters Point Shipyard Open Studios), and our Labyrinth Studios, (Sundays 1–3 p.m., 4301 Geary Blvd.) will be learning about predators and prey in animal fables and how this connects to laws and law-makers whose job it is to establish the freedom and justice necessary to achieve peace. We will imagine what powerful women might fear and what stolen lives might have become. Your participation in this project will crown ArtSeed’s next Tides Converge exhibition with our center-piece project, “Rendering Power: Lawmakers, Lost Lives, and Peaceful Resolutions.”

Artists and families involved in ArtSeed’s Summer Intensive, Schools programs, and Studio Apprenticeships, will produce art to go on display in the Presidio from September 5 – October 5, 2019 during ArtSeed’s 2019 Theme & Year-End Exhibition13th, 14th, 15th: A Humorous and Not-so-humorous Exploration of Freedom, Justice, and Peace Proposed by Three Post Civil War Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5–7 p.m., Presidio Exhibition Opening Reception.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 3–5 p.m., Presidio Exhibition Closing Reception.

Location: 1007 General Kennedy Ave., Suite 206 in the Presidio, China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, Tides Converge, 1016 Torney Ave. Rear Entrance is on Edie Road, San Francisco.

We are immensely grateful for sponsorship of this keystone ArtSeed project by the Peaceful World Foundation. Dedicated to fostering a culture of global peace through the promotion of hosted conversations and education, the Peaceful World Foundation strives to build peace in the world one conversation at a time. It also provides support for non-profit organizations in their peace building efforts in the field of the arts, community development, and holistic approaches towards mindfulness and well-being.