Ironically it is the tech boom that has made housing unaffordable for so many. "Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many." AP
In one school in the heart of Silicon Valley, 44% of the students identify as homeless.
Here are the National Statistics about the impact of homelessness on students.
I am honored to have been asked to do a Master Class for teachers on the topic of Art and Activism at this years California Art Education Association conference in San Francisco.
It will be offered twice. Once on Friday and again on Saturday November 10 and 11.
The overarching concepts of this master class will be “Visual Journalism,” “Art and Activism,” and “Social Justice.” The discussion will be about how to incorporate these themes in the art classroom and how to use our skills and social media to promote Social Justice and a spirit of giving back. Related topics will be street photography and copyright. The class will create a group project as well as individual pen and pencil drawings.
I did a workshop today about my work at Drew High School in San Francisco.
The topic was Art and Activism. Part of it was a collaborative work in which each student created a piece that included a word about being homeless. The students were thoughtful and creative - a pleasure to work with and this is the finished work.
Despite the lack of affordable housing and increasing gentrification and displacement, U.S. cities have continued to attack homeless people through criminalization. More concerned about keeping homeless people from the public gaze rather than providing housing to women, children, adults, people with disabilities, and elderly people, there has been an increase in anti-homeless laws across the nation. ...More from the Street Sheet
A Visual Journalist documents society and preserves history through images. And I have chosen to document homelessness in San Francisco. Homelessness is not only a San Francisco problem. Anyone who has seen the vast swaths of makeshift shelters on the streets of Los Angeles – or the serge of tent encampments in Oakland – knows that deprivation knows no city boundaries. I want my drawings to be part of the solution and not part of the problem
SF Chronicle article about these drawings
The Studio Gallery 2019
May 2nd to May 27 2019
"Tiny and Huge"
Studio Gallery 2018
Nov and Dec 2018
The Written Word at Studio Gallery 2018
Art inspired by books and writing
August 2nd-27th, 2018
The "TINY" show at Studio Gallery 2016 and 2017
1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Small pieces under $500 December 2016, 2017 and 2018