Keep an Eye Out for ArtSeed’s Unusual 2022 Thank You Greeting,
Annual Summary Report, and Letter of Appeal,
Hot Off the Press and on its Way to Your Postal Mail Box!

Birds and Bees: Facts, Fantasy, and the Future of Art and Life on Earth, Drawings by Amity, Mo, and an anonymous artist

November 11, 2022
Dear ArtSeed Friend,

Kids’ drawings? Riffing on everything from Michelangelo’s Deluge to the preciousness of Bay Area nature? Well, what you see here is just a hint of what transpired during this year’s ArtSeed weekly make-stuff Art-a-thons and Fine Arts Summer Intensive. Such work was showcased during our months-long, just-ended exhibition at San Francisco’s Presidio. We’ve been doing things like this, now, for two-plus decades! Help make all this happen again along with our 2023 one-on-one mentorships connecting young folks with practicing artists. Your support is received with wholehearted gratitude!

In these sorts of programs and our overall operations, we’re developing fresh grassroots sustainable habits. This letter, for example, is printed on paper that came to us as an in-kind donation. Much of the work for this fundraising effort is being done in-house rather than by outside contractors. As a result, contributions such as yours go more directly to ArtSeed programs, youngsters, and artists.

And along these lines, we’ve found that the majority of our supporters have donated digitally. Of course, we’d be delighted to receive cash in person or checks mailed in the enclosed self-addressed envelope, but if you prefer giving online, just click the Donate icon at the top of the page. You will receive our warmest thanks and recognition among our generous donors, along with a handmade greeting featuring work such as you see above. Or maybe you’d like to make a contribution to celebrate someone else. We’ll be delighted to help with that as well. After clicking Donate, just look for the “Special Purpose” prompt. If you are using your phone, before you choose your payment method, click “View Desktop Version.” On checks, payable to ArtSeed, you can use the memo line to let us know who gets a special greeting.

Our longtime goal is to bring classical and cutting-edge art-making to diverse communities of participants. Please join us in that and our many other exciting initiatives. You make a difference!

Josefa Vaughan, Founding Director

16th Annual Interactive Presidio Art-a-thon Exhibition
Dream Earth People on Sabbatical 

Sponsors, volunteers, and attendees of ArtSeed’s Dream Earth Annual Art-a-thon (14th) and Exhibition (16th) transitioned ArtSeed from the virtual experience of art-making together to having a blast in person! Actually, we had serial Art-a-thon blasts every Saturday from March through September, and the seamlessly evolving two-and-one-half-year-long exhibition explored three annual themes: Only Zombies Race to Mass Extinction (April-December, 2020); New Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together (January 2021-February 2022); Dream Earth People on Sabbatical (February-September 2022). These were the most ambitious artworks, the longest publicly accessible installation, and the most artists served in this way, to date. To those who gathered pledges and in-kind donations from family and friends, you rock! Gifts of money, talent, and time kept our hearts and minds busy and our doors open. A rejuvenated 2022 Youth Council led by Moselle Mac, and Sasha McCurley, utilized ArtSeed’s Summer Fine Arts Intensive week to create collaborative works, the spirit of which was showcased October 22 & 23 at ArtSeed’s Hunters Point Shipyard Open Studios and will continue every Saturday this fall and winter. Mentoring artists including Gus D’Angelo, Jon E. Greene, Heidi Hardin, Carla Hatley, William Hall, Jessica Nascimento, Shaye Starkey, and Rebecca Stockley have shared their craft and stories. Hats off to returning alumni Shoshana Priel and new Youth Council member Will Schier who planned and hosted our exhibition closing reception with volunteers Pat Aveni and Adisa Sefic. Art-a-thon winners: Sabine Gysens (1st Place and Grand Prize Winner), Josefa Vaughan (2nd Place), and Luned Palmer (3rd Place) have once again made so much possible. See photos here:

We are also extremely grateful to our sponsors: Budding Artist Foundation, Tina Cervin, David Gavrich, and Tony & Caroline Grant. We love our in-kind donors: Flying Cloud Retreat, Inn at the Presidio, Presidio Bowl, Photograph & Frame, Causwells Restaurant, Asian Art Museum, Café RX, Books Inc., Hand Touch Nail Care, Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair, and Write on the Edge Calligraphy Conference who gave us 50 brush pen sets. We are counting on your continued involvement in upcoming ArtSeed adventures! 

Thank you to BATS and Rebecca Stockley for an excellent improv workshop! Participants engaged in fun, playful games, and group activities while learning more about collaboration and brainstorming. Read more about Rebecca Stockley below.

Big shoutout to everyone who made the 2022 Summer Intensive possible! Read the Summer Intensive Summary for a comprehensive recap of participants and topics, or view photos on our Flickr.

Read our 2022 Art-a-thon letter here.

Help fundraise and make art supporting ArtSeed’s Art-a-thon Season!
Make a difference in the life of an artist, a veteran, or a child. 
Donate here. Are you using your phone to sponsor someone? Before your transaction, click “View Desktop Version” and then look for the “Special Purpose” prompt. 
Checks payable to ArtSeed are also welcome at
P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129.
Working on your planned giving? Let’s make a future together! 

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.

ArtSeed participants and featured artists are also showcased in the 
Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery.

Weekly Focus Groups:

  • Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. In-person Art-a-thon and Mentorships.
  • Tuesday, 5 – 6 p.m. In-person Mentorships, Online Projects, Show-and-Tell, and Art Prompts
  • 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.

Other dates and times are possible. Contact, or call or text 415-656-9849 to make an appointment for Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

Want Further Involvement?

  1. Volunteer with ArtSeed
  2. Apply for mentorships or private instruction (Application Form with Fee Schedule)
  3. Apply for collaborative art-making (Registration Form for All Ages)
  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 2021 Annual Letter
  9. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (Infrequent and your Info is Safe)
  10. Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good here.
  11. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines
  12. Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets
  13. Submit your art for exhibition, send us a photograph with this completed form
  14. Apply for ArtSeed’s Youth Council here

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with ArtSeed:
Apply for mentorships or private instruction (Application Form with Fee Schedule):
Apply for collaborative art-making (Registration Form for All Ages):
Visit Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery:
Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here:
Follow ArtSeed on Facebook:
Follow ArtSeed on Instagram:
Check out photos of the ArtSeed’s activities at ArtSeed’s Flickr page:
Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project
Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone:
Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (Infrequent and your Info is Safe):
Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good:
Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet (Guidelines):
Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets:
Exhibition Submission Form:
Apply to Youth Council:

Check out ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project