Save the Date:

ArtSeed’s 15th Annual Presidio Earth Day Art-a-thon

12 – 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2023
Get Involved! Make art, join the fun, and help raise funds for summer program scholarships!

The Art-a-thon is an art-making marathon scholarship fundraiser to benefit ArtSeed’s youngest and most vulnerable participants and showcase families, military veterans, students, teachers, and distinguished artists. Use our fine art and craft materials, or bring your own. Coach, be coached, collaborate, or work on solo projects.
Participate or volunteer!
Attendance by appointment is preferred.
Please contact, 415-656-9849.

Location: The Tides Converge building is near the Main Post of the San Francisco Presidio. The rear parking lot entrance to 1016 Torney Avenue is off Edie Road near Lincoln Blvd. and the Girard Road roundabout. It is a very short walk from MUNI lines 43, 45 and 28. Directions.

If you can’t come to the San Francisco event, perhaps you have ideas for a satellite activity. You can photograph and send us anything you make, to spread the artistic planet-healing energy! Learn more about our Art-a-thon Satellite component here!

Save these upcoming Showcase Dates to see what’s been made during and after ArtSeed’s Art-a-thon kicks off Earth Day with a convergence of ongoing art-making in San Francisco and beyond:

  • Hunters Point Shipyard Spring Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Featuring teaching artist Clark Tate.
  • Summer Intensive Reception at Think Round, Inc., 2140 Bush St., Suite #1B, SF, CA 94115. Saturday, July 15, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Show runs through August. 
  • ArtSeed Annual Presidio Exhibition, China Brotsky and Seed Galleries at Tides Converge.1012 Torney Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129. Open to the public on weekdays, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and by appointment:, 415-656-9849. Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Closing Reception/ Volunteer Appreciation Party: Saturday, December 9, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Art-a-thon Prizes

Flying Cloud Russian River Retreat: Russian River getaway in Windsor, CA, including dinner and breakfast for 6 (retail value $4,000) with a two-night stay in two glamorous tent-like cabins and an AirStream trailer. Includes lap pool, private education tour, and barrel-tasting. Grand Prize drawing eligibility: One ticket and chance to win for every $2,000 you raise or donate to ArtSeed Programs. 

Inn at the Presidio: One-night stay for two adults and two children under the age of 15 includes breakfast & daily wine & cheese Happy Hour. (retail value $525.00). 42 Moraga Ave., Presidio Main Post, SF, CA 94129. One ticket and chance to win for every $1,000 you raise or donate to ArtSeed Programs.
Presidio Bowl Center:  $119 Gift Certificate, (1 lane, 1 hour, 6 people),  93 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129.
Photograph & Frame:  $100 Gift Card  2298 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123. 
Asian Art Museum:  2 guest passes, Valued at $50 total, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
Hand Touch Nail Care: $35 Gift card, 2371 Chestnut St. San Francisco, CA 94123.
Café RX: Two $10 Gift Cards, 1013 Torney Ave., San Francisco, CA 94129 at Tides Converge in the Presidio.
Books Inc.: $25 Gift Card, 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123.
And more to come!

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. EIN #: 52-2368513. Retain this IRS Determination Letter, if needed, for your records.

Develop your creativity and share your resources by supporting 2023 ArtSeed projects including Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Boys & Girls Club outreach, online and in-person mentorships, Art-a-thon, Summer Intensive, Open Studio,
Field Trips, and Presidio Exhibitions. We are all in this together!
Check out our Annual Summary Report, and Letter of Appeal.

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

Want Further Involvement?
Click a hyperlink or forward these URLs to a friend!

  1. Volunteer or intern with ArtSeed:
  2. Register for ArtSeed’s Annual Earth Day Art-a-thon:
  3. Learn how to fundraise for Art-a-thon (Full Art-a-thon Packet):
  4. Get involved in ArtSeed’s Fine Arts Summer Intensive:
  5. Apply for mentorships or private instruction (Application Form with Fee Schedule):
  6. Apply for collaborative art-making (Registration Form for All Ages):
  7. Visit our Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery:
  8. Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here:
  9. Follow ArtSeed on Facebook:
  10. Instagram:
  11. Flickr:
  12. Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project :
  13. Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: See how in our 2022 Annual Letter:
  14. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (Infrequent and your info is safe):
  15. Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good:
  16. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines:
  17. Check out our Artist and Presenter’s Packets:
  18. Submit your art for exhibition, and send us a photograph with this completed form:
  19. Apply for ArtSeed’s Youth Council:
  20. Learn more about our Hunter’s Point Studio Residency Program:
  21. Support ArtSeed’s 2023 projects (ArtSeed 2023 Operating Plan):

Weekly Focus Groups:

Contact, or call or text 415-656-9849 to make an appointment for Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

  • Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. In-person Meetings and Mentorships.
  • Monday, 3:30 – 5 p.m. In-person Mentorships
  • 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.
  • Friday, 4 – 5 p.m. Online Projects, Show-and-Tell, and Art Prompts

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

Big shoutout to everyone who made the 2022 Summer Intensive and 16th Annual Exhibition, Dream Earth People on Sabbatical, possible! Read the Summer Intensive Summary for a comprehensive recap of participants and topics, or view photos on our Flickr.

“I was first introduced to ArtSeed when my kindergarten class learned to use a grid to gain precision in drawing. I’ve since been involved in Art-a-thons, Summer Intensives, and Exhibitions featuring professionals and kids my own age. We used high-quality materials and techniques that allowed me to improve and find beauty in mistakes. It has been 11 years and I still volunteer at ArtSeed because the welcoming environment enables and encourages people of all ages and abilities to create, and develop advanced skills without being afraid of messing up.”

– Shoshana P., 1/28/23
Read more testimonies here.

Grateful Shout Out to Marion Umpleby and Tarah McGonigle,
Travel Grant Awardees, who Interned with ArtSeed

Bio: Tarah McGonigle and Marion Umpleby both recently graduated from the University of St Andrews in the UK with a degree in French and Art History. They have been awarded a scholarship from their University to travel and investigate how art is used for community empowerment and social change. Tarah loves to make jewelry, paint, sketch, and collage. Marion is interested in film and loves to make YouTube videos and be a class clown for her friends.
ArtSeed Statement: “We’ve been working with ArtSeed for almost three months now and have gained so much knowledge and inspiration from conversations with Josefa. Volunteering with ArtSeed has been a valuable insight into the inner-workings of an art non-profit. It’s been a great opportunity to meet new people and participate in the art scene of San Francisco.”

Click here to check out Tarah and Marion’s Presenter’s Packet.