Hannah K. (2019) “Crying Girl”, Mixed-media on mat board
Elizabeth Stahl (2019), “Fragile Flag”, Eggshells and ribbon on black paper

In response to the atrocities perpetrated at our nation’s capital on Jan 6, 2021

ArtSeed is suspending all but essential programs until March 1, 2021. This pause will allow us more personal time for expressing concerns to persons in power via phone, email, social media, and post. Many of us feel an urgent need to see immediate legal consequences for all perpetrators, inciters, and enablers of that unprecedented and deadly event. 

Simultaneously, as Founder of ArtSeed, my message is to insist on swift implementation of generous federal arts and public works funding to the most distressed sectors of society. This funding should be first distributed to communities of color, hardest hit by COVID and systemic racism, then extended to others who are suffering economically and are vulnerable to misinformation. Self-expression with the arts can provide safe outlets for those who feel that they have been treated unjustly. The creative process and the resulting artworks can open minds and hearts. 

Projects might include spoken, written, drawn, danced, or sung pieces, theater, photography, or murals which tell stories or give expression to the frustrations, fears, and hopes of this moment. In taking action now, we can prevent further violence. The 1939 Work Projects Administration (WPA) was an American New Deal agency, employing millions of job-seekers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings, murals, and roads. Let’s ask our representatives to bring back the WPA. ArtSeed has been giving a voice to others for twenty years!

Be well and stay safe,
Josefa Vaughan, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director
Mobile (text or voice): 415-656-9849, Email: josefa@artseed.org, 
ArtSeed connects gifted and vulnerable communities through classical and cutting-edge fine arts projects.

How You Can Help – Scroll down to reach out to ArtSeed. Make your voice heard. If you need help with finding out who is representing your state or congressional district, use these links down below. This will be beneficial when you are trying to contact your Senator or Representative in Washington. 
List of Senators of the 117th Congress
How to Contact US Senators 
Find Your Representative | house.gov

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for celebrating with us on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Because of you, our broad range of ages, races, cultural backgrounds, and gender identities came together to share music and poetry. Some conversations touched on our past experiences and others acknowledged our present challenges. We are fortunate to have each other as we navigate these unusual times. Thirty-four ArtSeed Alumni, friends, family, students, and first-comers gathered online to bring in 2021. We miss seeing you all in person. Please save the date for ArtSeed’s Thirteenth Annual Art-a-thon on 10 a.m. – 8 p.m, Saturday, April 24, 2021. ArtSeed’s new programming season starts March 1, 2021 and we hope you put ArtSeed on your calendar! In this period of reflection prior to the start of new programs, we ask you to help us make progress on year-end assessments, grant-writing, online operations, and project brainstorming. Even at this slower time of year, you can get immediately involved. (Please note Pacific time below)

  1. Tuesday online weekly art lesson 2 – 3:30 p.m. and staff / volunteer projects 3:30 – 5 p.m.; Friday online Art Lab hosted by the Veterans Administration. To register call Dan: 415-221-4810 X22839
  2. ArtSeed’s next Board meeting Sunday, January 17, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  3. Valentine’s Day Celebration with music and poetry, Sunday, February 14, 2 – 3 p.m. 

To join the above online sessions, click this link: https://meet.google.com/avh-imhd-vjy

  1. Visit our Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery
  2. Preview 2021 Programs starting March 1
  3. Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here
  4. Follow ArtSeed on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr
  5. Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project 
  6. Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: See how in our 2020 Annual Letter
  7. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe)
  8. Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating here.

Special thanks to our presenters for the New Year’s Eve celebration! 

William Scott & Edna Arterberry,
Board Member with Cornerstone Gospel Singers. creativegrowth.org/william-scott/

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 Jax: jax@artseed.org and copy Josefa on the email: 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,
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

Useful to anyone interested in teaching or learning with youngsters stuck at home.
ArtSeed Artists made video lessons following these guidelines.
Click here to see 23 Presenters Packets & ArtSeed Lesson Plan Videos!

Summer Intensive Presenter: Bette Spencer

“It is certainly commendable that ArtSeed pairs at-risk children with professional artists in creative endeavors promoting and encouraging the children’s potential to overcome familial traumas. Using artwork and a variety of media empowers the children as well as gives professional artists an opportunity to volunteer their skills and services for the benefit of the community.” — Bette Spencer
See Bette Spencer’s Presenter Packet

We are grateful for these gifts of words. Don’t hesitate to sent us yours!

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/
Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1315715