2021 Theme- New Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together
Art-a-thon Draft Schedule 
10 AM – 11 AM Jax Puliatti “An Artist’s Journey Along the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” in the shadow of an alarming rise in bigotry and violence against minorities, specifically Asian and African Americans
11 AM – 12 PM Aber van Bueren, “Let’s build a world”
12 PM – 1 PM Michelle Echenique, “Reclaimed Paper Collage”
1 PM – 2 PM Suzanne Bloom, “Yellow Birch Cycle”  digital photography with collaborative partner, Ed Hill, both recent Guggenheim Fellows
2 PM – 3 PM Heidi Majano and Greta Severson, “Origins of Peace Symbols”
3 PM – 4 PM Thomas Graves, “One-line Zen Art”
4 PM – 5 PM Music Hour with Raymond Coats, William Klingelhoffer, and Jill Brindel
5 PM – 6 PM Open Mic: Poetry, Song, and Spoken Word
6 PM – 6:30 PM Craig Perry, composer/guitarist, “Retonicizing the Noosphere”
6:30 PM – 7 PM Fran Moreland Johns, “Writings on Life, Death, and In Between”
7 PM – 8 PM Josefa Vaughan, “Remembering Un-Masked Faces” Closing Statements

JOIN US THIS Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time,
ArtSeed’s 13th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon (2nd annual virtual event). Make art for yourself or for ArtSeed’s annual exhibition to support Summer Intensive Scholarships. Artists of all ages and levels of experience are invited to come together for a 10-hour art-and-music-making marathon. Registration Form Link | Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by showing up on the Leaderboard. This encourages donations through Mightycause that support creative endurance: Join the fundraising team | Donate to the Art-a-thon here

Art-a-thon 2021 Grand Prize Challenge!

Flying Cloud Russian River Vineyards getaway including dinner and breakfast for 6 (retail value $2,500-$3,600) with an overnight stay in two glamorous tent-like cabins and an AirStream trailer. Includes lap pool, private vineyard 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. (Graciously offered by David Gavrich for reservations as available May-October 2021.)

 “Community: Puzzling Missing Parts,” Fine Arts Summer Intensive 2019

“It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing and stretching one’s arms again.” ― Mark Rothko


Other Annual ArtSeed Events (Save the dates!)

Weekdays, July 12 – 30, 2021, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., ArtSeed Fine Arts Summer Intensive (2nd annual virtual event with hybrid aspects). For ten students, ages 6 to 19 years, or for younger students after an interview. Individual portfolio and collaborative project building workshop with teaching artists and adult volunteers who also learn new techniques from guest presenters. Everything culminates in an exhibition. Online and limited outdoors contact by appointment with meet and pick-ups at ArtSeed’s Presidio WorkSpaces, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., Suites 206 & 210, Tides Converge. Register here.

Thursday, September 2, 5–7 p.m., and Saturday, October 2, 3–5 p.m., 2021 (hybrid event). Opening and closing receptions for ArtSeed’s exhibition Online and in the PresidioNew Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together 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 participants and featured artists are also showcased on our website Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery. Online virtual receptions feature musicians as well as the visual arts. To submit your art: Send us a photograph with this completed form after printing. Then mail (P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129) or scan and email both to josefa@artseed.org. Call 415-656-9849 to arrange drop-off in the Presidio.

We are counting on you to be with us on new adventures with 2021 Programs. Save the date for ArtSeed’s 13th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon is happening Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (all virtual). I hope that you will join us at the event. If you are interested in sharing your craft or just simply attending, please let us know by responding to this email and/or join us for Weekly Online Focus Groups:

  • Sunday and Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m. Art Share / Brainstorming for all ages.
  • Tuesday, 2 – 5 p.m. Art Lessons and Online Projects for mature kids and teens.
  • 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.

To join Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday sessions:
Contact josefa@artseed.org, or call or text 415-656-9849
Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

  1. Volunteer with ArtSeed
  2. Apply for private instruction (application form with fee schedule)
  3. Apply for collaborative art-making (adult students may use this permission form)
  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 2020 Annual Letter
  9. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe)
  10. Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here.
  11. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines
  12. Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets

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 jennifer@artseed.org and copy 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 at 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


Art-a-thon 2021 Presenters: Thomas Graves and Michelle Echenique

I have been involved with ArtSeed since fall 2020. The artists in this collective have inspired me to work with at-risk children. ArtSeed definitely benefits the community. Its focus on excellence supports important causes.” – Thomas Graves See Thomas Graves’ Presenter Packet

I met Josefa at Hunters Point Open Studios a couple of years back. I was there with Kids & Art—a program that provides art access to children with cancer. I was intrigued with ArtSeed hearing Josefa speak passionately about the organization. Her energy, commitment, and belief in the arts as a healing force were infectious and relatable. ArtSeed seemed a good fit for me as I love sharing my faith in the power of creativity.Michelle Echenique
See Michelle Echenique’s Presenter Packet

ArtSeed Teaching Artist and Presenter Packets from last year’s Summer Intensive are examples of what is to come at the Art-a-thon. ArtSeed is always open to new talent. If you’re interested in presenting or teaching something this year, please send us your presenter packets. Click here to see 23 Teaching Artist and Presenter Packets that were made according to these guidelines. We welcome your ideas, should you apply to teach, using this format.

ArtSeed Contact Information:
Josefa Vaughan, Founding Director 415-656-9849 / josefa@artseed.org 
Jennifer Spencer, Virtual Office Manager 415-409-1761 / jennifer@artseed.org 
Aberswyth van Bueren, Events Coordinator 415-680-0567 / aber@artseed.org
Trey Houston, Art-a-thon Support 415-794-3456 / treyischuckthree@gmail.com

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. 

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/
Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Art-A-Thon2021
Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2Q83i8n
Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets: https://www.artseed.org/artseed-teaching-artist-packets/

    

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