"Add oil, Chinatown!" Artist Talk on Public Art & Neighborhood Recovery
5 – 6PM
PART 1 | CHELSEA WONG X JENIFER K WOFFORD
Thursday, August 20th 5PM PDT
Join us in a 2-part artist sharing on public art and its role in Chinatown San Francisco as we explore:
What’s the role of art during a time of crisis?
How can artists participate in neighborhood recovery?
Presented by the Chinese Culture Center in collaboration with 100 Days Action, join us in a 2-part artist sharing on public art and its role in Chinatown San Francisco as we explore: What’s the role of art during a time of crisis? How can artists participate in neighborhood recovery?
Art is fundamental to building healthy communities and empowering community voices. At the early stage of COVID-19 pandemic, 100 Days Action initiated “Art for Essential Workers” to energize neighborhoods and show gratitude to front line workers through an opportunity to create and showcase artwork on boarded up storefronts across the city at no cost to impacted businesses. Through100 Days Action alongside Chinatown Visitor Information Center, Chelsea Wong, Christine Wong Yap, Jocelyn Tsaih, and Jenifer K Wofford presented a series of thoughtful and beautiful artwork in San Francisco Chinatown.
Our speakers’ community-based practices are multi-faceted: from 100 Day Action’s city-wide public art action, Wong Yap’s ongoing social engagement project “Art, Culture, and Belonging in San Francisco Chinatown,” Wofford’s large-scale murals paying homage Asian American artists, Wong’s murals and paintings inspired by diverse social spaces, to Tsaih’s ongoing “Save our Chinatowns” initiatives. In this live-streamed panel discussion featuring the artists and collective, we will unpack the process behind each artist’s work as they relate to concepts of public spaces, community resiliency, and neighborhood identity.
加油 (“gāyáu”) or “Add Oil” is a Cantonese expression used to show support or encouragement. Join us in saying, “Add Oil, Chinatown!” Visit: cccsf.us/covid-19-resources for ways to support Chinatown or join us every weekend until 9/20 at “Chinatown Walkway Sundays” to support local businesses.
ABOUT OUR HOST:
The mission of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) is dedicated to elevating underserved communities and giving voice to equality through education and contemporary art.
Founded in 1965, CCC emerged from the Civil Rights Movement to be the art and culture anchor for San Francisco’s Chinatown and the Asian American community in the city at-large. From its base in Chinatown, CCC creates spaces for contemporary artistic expressions, education, and creative engagement that build healthy communities and advance a plurality of Chinese diasporic voices.
Moderator: Hoi Leung is the curator at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. She is the creative lead on the center’s art exhibitions and “Museum Without Walls” initiatives. Hoi manages 41 Ross, an art space engaging with Chinatown’s everyday culture.