FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dara Katrina Del Rosario
Communications & Partnerships Manager
415-863-1414 x103, [email protected]
SOMArts Cultural Center presents
Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching presents F.T.P.
Opening reception, Thursday, November 15, 2019, 6–9pm
Exhibition run, Saturday, November 16–Saturday, December 21, 2019
October 1, 2019, San Francisco, CA– Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching presents F.T.P. is the first exhibition of SOMArts 2019-20 Curatorial Residency season. With a combined 30 years of teaching experience, curators Fred Alvarado, Thomas Jones, and David Petrelli reimagine SOMArts’ Main Gallery into a site for collective liberation and hope for educators, community organizers, and youth alike.
Featuring installations, lesson plans, and more, Future Relations emphasizes the transformative power of education not just within the classroom, but beyond. Youth are navigating a turbulent political landscape fraught with an increase in hate crimes, national conversations on gun control and school shootings, and the growing visibility of concentration camps. They’ve mobilized against injustice, reminding us that young people have always been at the forefront of social movements and policy change.
Critically engaged teachers work collaboratively with young people in confronting and subverting systemic oppression. Through an Ethnic Studies, social justice oriented lens, Future Relations offers alternatives to traditional models of education by presenting works that underscore the importance of experiential knowledge and community cultural wealth.
Exhibiting artists include Brett Cook, whose social practice extends into public speaking and teaching, Carolina Caycedo, whose environmentally focused works explore the impact of development projects, and Precita Eyes’ Urban Youth Arts Program, a class for students ages 11-19 that focuses on lettering and character design.
“Our struggle continues and our efforts to promote lexicons of freedom to the most vulnerable in our communities need to be raised to a level of ultimate love, awareness, consciousness, and understanding. These works are set forth to arm our children with the tools to envision a better world,” says Alvarado.
On Thursday, November 15th, 6–9pm, the exhibition opens with a free, all ages public program featuring artist activiations throughout the Main Gallery, curatorial remarks, and performances by Sriba Kwadjovie, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Cio Cas, Ricardo Rivera, Shem Korngold, Carver Cordes, DJ Petrelli, and DJ Lechuza Blanca!
Future Relations expands on perseverance and resiliency with an evening of Self Defense Workshops on Thursday, December 5th, 6–9pm. Participating artists include Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, Sara Larsen, Flavia Mora and more. By incorporating poetry, comedy, and body movement workshops, this program emphasizes the importance of holistic wellness and meaningful connection.
The State of Education Game Night on Thursday, December 19th, 6–9pm includes community Game Night and time travelling workshop inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler and facilitated by exhibiting artist Lauren Marie Taylor. This evening accesses the imagination in hopes of envisioning possible futures. As Alvarado affirms, “We believe that our work as community interventionists is to help our community to envision a better and just world. We believe by visualizing, we start the process of actualization.”
FUTURE RELATIONS: A RESOURCE FOR RADICAL TEACHING PRESENTS F.T.P.
Chandna Agarwal and Ragni Agarwal
Caleb Duarte and Ricardo Rivera
David De Rozas
Lauren Marie Taylor
Los Pobres Artistas Collective
Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Program
Susan Greene/Art Forces
All public programs are free and all ages unless otherwise listed
Saturday, November 16–Saturday, December 21, 2019
Friday, November 15, 6-9pm
An opening night celebration with curatorial remarks, artist activations, and performances by Sriba Kwadjovie, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Cio Cas, Ricardo Rivera, Shem Korngold, Carver Cordes, DJ Petrelli, and DJ Lechuza Blanca
To learn more visit: somarts.org/events/futurerelationsopening
Self Defense Night
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6–9pm
Evening workshops dedicated to self and collective perseverance through art, humor, and body movement. Participating artists include Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, Sarah Larsen, Flavia Mora and more.
To learn more visit: somarts.org/events/selfdefensenight
State of Education Game Night
Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6-9pm
Community game night and closing reception with Lauren Marie Taylor, Dr.Karl Debro, William Ochoa, and Anna Chou.
To learn more visit: somarts.org/events/stateofeducation
ABOUT SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
SOMArts Cultural Center, founded in 1979, cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect and civic participation.
SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Foundation and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.
SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines, and bike paths.