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


Anonymous ArtSeed Student, “Snuggling Family of Snakes” 2019 (Remnant Bin Find 2020) 

ArtSeed New Year’s Eve Celebration 
4-6 p.m. Pacific time, Thursday, December 31, 2020

Come join us for live music, friendly faces (invite a loved one!), to relax and share stories while staying safe through our online event. Click here to access our Google Meet link. 

Let ArtSeed assist you in honoring a friend or commemorating a milestone. You can also find out what ArtSeed has been up to and what you can do to help us continue our work. Check out ArtSeed’s 2020 Annual Letter 

Please help us reach our fundraising goals by donating here. 

Betzy and Mara Moreno Gonzales. “Homemade chessboard – Virus vs. Masks.” ArtSeed’s Fine Arts Summer Intensive. 2020.

Amity G. (9) ArtSeed’s Fine Arts Summer Intensive. 2020. 

Sophie B., “Migrants.” Bas Relief ceramic. 2018.  

ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project

ArtSeed is selling and sharing art supplies and other surplus equipment to support local artists and families sheltering at home and to expand the impact of our distance learning program.

Support ArtSeed through purchases of selected books, furniture, electronics, artworks, and specialty craft materials. Get involved and receive valuable gifts for yourself or loved ones during the holiday season! Looking for something specific? Want to help with this project? Please contact jax@artseed.org, and copy josefa@artseed.org.

While they last, get your FREE individually boxed picture frames from the Gallery of Building 101 at the Hunters Point Shipyard by contacting sam@artseed.org or you can arrange for pick-up at Golden State Art located in South San Francisco.

ArtSeed Spotlights Glenn Berry’s Legacy Gift 

Glenn Berry, “Cocytus.” 32” x 48” acrylic on board, 1991.

ArtSeed recognizes Glenn Berry who was a nationally recognized painter and a founding father of Humboldt State University’s Art Department from Glendale, California. He was known for his pursuit of narrative images including faceless figures who explore the landscape, symbolizing the process rather than the end result. In 2016, Glenn’s niece, Cherie Evans, gave ArtSeed his “Cocytus”, a major piece that you can see above. You can see more of his artwork on his website or read his obituary. This work, along with other Legacy Gifts, is for sale in the ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project.

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 and ArtSeed Co-founder: Marissa Kunz

While at the Art Institute, I was inspired to work with young artists after volunteering with Josefa Vaughan in Hunter’s Point public schools and community centers. I am a founding member of ArtSeed and spent many years as an ArtSeed teaching artist and Board member.” — Marissa
See Marissa Kunz’s Presenter Packet

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

Working with ArtSeed has been an absolute joy. Josefa’s energy and passion is tangible wherever you turn – in the office, the classroom, on field trips, and especially alongside young children. The number and quality of resources – both artists and artistic supplies – that Art Seed’s programs provide are the kindling to inspire young artists and propel them to careers in art. Art Seed’s style of apprenticeship teaching should be available to students throughout the nation.” — Leah Bedoian

In the past I was a participant in ArtSeed’s Summer Intensive program, and fell in love with the program. Since then I’ve helped set up exhibits with Josefa and other volunteers, and had the honor of being on ArtSeed’s Youth Council. ArtSeed has really helped me understand and see what it’s like to organize and run a business especially in these uncertain times.” — Bailey Drenik

ArtSeed Programs 2020-2021 THIS IS WHAT ARTSEED DOES: 

1. Seasonal Public ArtSeed Events:
13th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon, Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Summer Fine Arts Intensive, Monday – Friday, July 12 – 30, 2021, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibitions, Open Studios, and Online (Almost Free) Store:
a. Shop & Share Project aims to get studio supplies and equipment to artists in need.
b. Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery, September 3, 2020 – Ongoing display of art from programs, featured artists, legacy art and includes documentation of:
c. Only Zombies Race to Mass Extinction! In Real Life (IRL) Tides Converge Annual, September 3 – December 31, 2020 (Presidio venue follows Health Orders)

2. Year-long ArtSeed Apprenticeships / Internships / Mentorships:
(Online with IRL 1:1, distancing / outdoors consistent with Health Orders.)
Jax Puliatti, EcoArts Administrative Apprentice, Shop & Share Project
Dina Kharag, Communications Associate Intern, Administrative Outreach & Archives
Sam Kuang, Hunters Point Studio Resident Artist Apprentice, IT/Applied Arts Projects
Aberswyth Van Beuren, Administrative Assistant Intern, Video Conferencing/Website
Peter Li, CA Lawyers for the Arts Intern, Virtual Exhibition Installation & Captions
Saloni Sharma, CA Lawyers for the Arts Apprentice, Publicity & Animation Projects
Berit Sandvig, University of San Francisco Intern, Art History & Lesson Planning
Bailey Drenik, ArtSeed Youth Council, Collaborative Artmaking & Presentation

3. ArtSeed Arts Education Projects (include Public Events and Mentorship opportunities):
Weekly Online Sessions – Click here to access our Google Meet link. 
Sunday & Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m. Art Share & Capacity / Brainstorming for all ages.
Tuesday 2 – 5 p.m. Art Lessons & Online Projects for mature kids and teens.
Friday 1 – 2 p.m. Veterans’ Art Lab with ArtSeed
In Real Life (IRL) ArtSeed Presidio WorkSpaces and partnerships (ArtSeed is compliant with Health Orders, 1:1, distancing / outdoors by appointment: josefa@artseed.org, 415-656-9849)


Traditional and Experimental Approaches: Utilize professional artists and archival materials (media that are intended to survive into the future as works of art or as documentation of the creative process.) Use knowledge of classical and indigenous art to inform innovative application of new media and technologies.

One-to-one Learning Emphasis: Address students’ individual interests and learning styles, even when classrooms become safe, asking teachers, parents and assistants to use the apprenticeship model.

CA State Content Standards for the Arts and Project-based Teaching: Design projects that use sequential standards-based development of ideas through collaborative brainstorming, planning and team implementation with outcomes that culminate in public presentation and individual recognition.

Interdisciplinary Approach: Show how concepts and disciplines learned in the arts can be utilized to excel in other fields and professions, and vice-versa. Combine practical application of both fundamental academic knowledge and creative exploration to illuminate and build interest in other fields of knowledge and skills.

Introduction of New Ideas: Introduce students to ideas and skills that stretch assumptions about what children can and cannot understand, appreciate, or master. Include cultural history, current events, critical thinking, and techniques for rendering nature, expressing human emotions, or processing information.

ArtSeed Mission Statement: ArtSeed’s mission is to connect the most resourceful and gifted with the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the Bay Area and beyond through projects that explore links between classical and cutting-edge fine arts disciplines. We do not discriminate on the basis of any disability, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, political party, economic background, national or ethnic origin.

Please help us reach our fundraising goals by donating here.