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Art in Storefronts Launch. Photo by Genevieve Masse

Art in Storefronts Launch. Photo by Genevieve Masse


This episode of Deep Roots looks at Art in Storefronts, our innovative pilot program that transformed the streetscape in four San Francisco neighborhoods: Central Market, the Tenderloin, the Bayview, and the Mission. Vacant storefronts with boarded up windows became destinations for vibrant contemporary art. This summer, visit Art in Storefronts in Chinatown. The launch party is Friday, June 11 from 5-7 in Wentworth Alley.

The podcast features the voices of Art in Storefront artists Leanne Miller, Liz Maher, Malik Seneferu, Kristine Mays, Jonathan Burstein, and the husband and wife team of Kelly Ording and Jetro Martinez; State Senator Mark Leno; and people who joined us at the first round of launch celebrations.

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The second episode of Deep Roots offers a rare look at the sculpture in City Hall of civil rights leader and San Francisco hero, Harvey Milk; its sculptor; and its meaning to the city and the community that it represents.

The podcast shares anecdotes from Milk’s friends and colleagues including: Charlotte Coleman, the first lesbian bar owner in San Francisco; Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s campaign manager; Harry Britt, Milk’s successor to the Board of Supervisors; photographer Daniel Nicoletta; Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; and Eugene Daub, the bust’s sculptor.

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Charles Blackwell teaching at LightHouse

Charles Blackwell teaching at LightHouse


The Community Arts and Education Program launches Deep Roots by featuring a behind-the-scenes tour of WritersCorps and the LightHouse for the Blind’s Insights exhibition.

WritersCorps is wrapping up its 15th year of placing professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth. Hear from Chrissy Andersen-Zavala, former WriterCorps teacher; Annie Yu, a WritersCorps student; and Lina Morales, senior program officer at the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families.

Insights is a juried art exhibition for blind and visually impaired artists, produced by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Charles Blackwell, who has shown his artwork in Insights and teaches art in LightHouse’s education and recreation program, talks about his paintings, the importance of the art program, and the role of artists in society.

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