Come to ArtSeed's 12th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon!

10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020
Easy parking from Edie Road at rear of Tides Converge building!
1016 Torney Ave., San Francisco, CA

PresidiGo Shuttle (Free) & MUNI lines 28, 30, 41, 43 and 45
Make art to show or take home, watch others, enjoy demos, food, live music, and prizes! Proceeds benefit under resourced youngsters who thrive as a result of their access to the arts. ArtSeed’s classical and cutting-edge art projects connect gifted and vulnerable communities.
It’s easy to pledge support, donate or pre-register online by clicking the blue “Donate or Support ArtSeed Art-a-thon” button above.

Click for Art-a-thon 2019 photos

ArtSeed's 2020 Fine Arts Summer Intensive
is now open for registration

ArtSeed Annual Letter of Appeal

Dear ArtSeed Friend,

Thanks for being with us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Our team of children, artists, and volunteers has been painting oil portraits at various pop up locations. The Peaceful World Foundation sponsored this portrayal of an historic number (131!) of Congresswomen now in office. Juxtaposed with these lawmakers’ faces are images of missing women whose cases are finally being investigated. Come to pay tribute or memorialize someone with us!

ArtSeed Apprentice, Kyle, painting a portrait of a congresswoman on ArtSeed's Keystone Collaborative canvas
Top Let to right: Bryant Lui, Josefa Vaughan, Noah Gavrich, Sabine Gysens, and Annika (bottom)

Returning ArtSeed alumni such as Bryant Lui, armed with arts-related higher learning, have helped to develop younger minds with Summer Intensive lessons where their art-making grew into a large annual exhibition. Their brain-storming has grown into new partnerships addressing next year’s theme of climate change. Noah Gavrich is teaching 40-plus new ArtSeed students who are afterschool children at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center while reviving ArtSeed’s Studio Residency Program at Hunters Point Shipyard. An individual annual donation from a supporter like you makes it possible for ArtSeed to continue our resolve to never turn anyone away for lack of funds. Take a peek at these photos to get a hint at what we’ve done! Magnify the image below to find the classmate photographers’ reflection. Build ArtSeed’s Legacy Society and help create a sustainable future with your planned gift.

Click to enlarge: Trey Houston, In Each Other’s Eyes, Reflecting Portraits of Summer Intensive Students

These collaborations, events and meaningful individual connections happen as a result of contributions, both great and small, by our large community of patrons. We invite you to join us as we begin to celebrate our big anniversary. Also, please check out our website regularly for further news and updates. It’s easy to click on the “Donate Now” button and the “Volunteer” button. Receive a nifty hand-made surprise, special invitations, and our heartiest thanks in return for your help as we complete our second decade!  

– Josefa Vaughan, ArtSeed Founder and Executive Director


“As a beginning volunteer I appreciate the unique opportunity to paint a Congress woman with your instruction and experience. ArtSeed has provided an expanded perspective I could not have imagined. Thank you!” – Margaret Stark-Roberts, August 9, 2019

“I am so grateful for your welcoming open arms. We love ArtSeed to the moon and back!” – Chlöe Thomas, July 12, 2019


Side-by-side display of pre-K to High School students’ art, art school graduate work, and that of distinguished professionals, some of whom have been practicing their art for decades. Click to view ArtSeed’s Flickr page for photos.

ArtSeed is an art education/youth leadership nonprofit enterprise and Tides Converge tenant since 2005. As we approach our 20th year of programming we focus on how humanity has struggled towards a point where peace, freedom, and unity exist without abuses of power. In the past months, children we work with, artists on our team, and volunteers have become fascinated with lawmakers, specifically the current, historic number of Congresswomen, 131. At the same time, we have witnessed an increasing number of articles about missing or murdered women whose cases, some having languished for decades, are finally being investigated. 

All this gave rise to the centerpiece of our current show: two canvases, collaboratively rendered in oil paint, that juxtapose portraits of Congresswomen with their less fortunate counterparts. The portraits in this ongoing project have been created by a diverse group of folks, ranging from youngsters and other beginners to professional artists of all ages. Visitors to the show are encouraged to participate in this continuing adventure by providing their own additions to what we have already begun. You will find guidance as needed to paint your own chosen portrait of a woman from reference material provided. Click to see Keystone Project photos.

In addition, this show presents work resulting from continuing ArtSeed projects along with that of artists whose work compliments the collaborative canvases. Among many others, these include Saint Brigid School students’ depictions of predators and prey within animal fables; Trey Houston’s photographs of ArtSeed Summer Intensive students’ reflections in each other’s eyes; El Paso artist, Alejandra Carrillo-Estrada’s metal-smithed border reflections; and “Notes” with depictions of “Fertile Energy Power” by Seattle-based artist Albert Fisher.

Click to view the Exhibition's Opening and Closing Reception photos.
2019 Summer Intensive Photos
2019 Exhibition Artworks Online
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