Artspan Excelsior Summer Artwalk
What a welcome! In anticipation of our move to our new permanent home at 45 Onondaga Avenue, ArtSpan partnered with local businesses in the Excelsior Mission Street Corridor to enliven the street with art. Selected artists collaborated with business owners to create artful window installations that celebrated the neighborhood and fit the unique needs of the shops and restaurants. The results went beyond what we imagined! The artists brought tremendous creativity and skill to their concepts, the business owners opened their spaces to new ideas, and the enthusiasm grew as the windows were completed. On Jerry Garcia Day, August 4th, we gathered for an unveiling celebration and art tour guided by Executive Director Joen Madonna,which was attended by artists and neighborhood leaders. We certainly felt the love, with almost 100 people joining a mile-long exploration of this great corner of the city. The crowd was chatty, with a mixture of “I can’t believe I’ve never been to this part of town” and “Oh, you have to see this place!”, “You have to try this pastry!”, “This place has been here forever!” The warm reception from the neighborhood has us extra-energized about the next phase of developing the ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center. We can’t wait to join this community that already feels like old friends. This project was supported by the Excelsior Action Group, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development: SF Shines, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. ARTISTS AND EXCELSIOR BUSINESSES Miles Epstein @ Cumaica Muzzy Quinn @ Little Joe’s Pizzeria Shannon Brady @ McGarden Cafe & Bakery Stephanie Jucker @ Daniel’s Pharmacy Kirstyn Hom and Francesco Stumpo @ Excelsior Coffee Claire Rabkin @ El Pollo Supremo Fuzz E Grant @ The Salad Place and Rotisserie Christine Innes @ Central Drug Store Charlie Ertola @ Excelsior Works! KB & Youth Art Exchange @ [x]Space Borderline Art Collective @ Amazon Barbershop