New Growth 2018: Vibrant Voices

Venue: 1131 Mission Street

Root Division is proud to present New Growth 2018: Vibrant Voices – an annual Youth Art Celebration & Exhibition featuring hands-on family art making activities, alongside an exhibition of student artwork from Root Division’s free after school Youth Education Program. This year’s theme celebrates the vibrancy of students collective voices. For this event, Root Division has partnered again with Youth Art Exchange (YAE). Students from YAX’s visual and performing arts program will also display their artwork within Root Division gallery.

New Growth 2018: Vibrant Voices is a family-friendly event includes complimentary refreshments, a mobile printmaking station, interactive creative stations, and live performances by Destiny Arts, Youth Art Exchange, SFJAZZ and SF Rock Project! This event is free and open to the public with support from our fiscal sponsors, which are highlighted below.

Root Division’s Youth Education Program recruits, trains, and places Studio Artists, volunteers and interns to teach free art classes in one of our nine partner sites, creating a link between practicing artists and the schools’ communities. All of Root Division’s programs serve a diverse group of students, most of which attend San Francisco Unified School District schools.

Partnered Programs
Balboa High School
Bessie Carmichael Elementary
Buena Vista Child Care
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Community Housing Partnership
Horace Mann Middle School
Larkin Street Youth Services
Mission Education Center
SF International High School
Southern Exposure and Root Division's 1:1 Teen Mentorship


Greta Liz Anderson***
Claire Astrow**
Madeleine Buck
Alice Combs*
Ingrid Rojas Contreras****
Hunter Franks*
Guta Galli*

Sasha Kerbel
Joyce Nojima*
Alisa Polischuk
Sarah Riemer
Lucy Stark
Indira Urrutia*
Beatriz Vasquez***

  * Root Division Studio Artist
** Blau-Gold Fellow
*** Latinx Teaching Artist Fellow
****SFAC Writer in Residence

Root Division provides free art classes to over 1,000 underserved students in grades K-12 each year. Studio Artists volunteer one hour per week and choose the types of projects and media they are interested in teaching, acting as "artists-in-residence" for a semester at the partner site. Root Division assists the artists in formulating effective, age-appropriate lesson plans and project-based learning curricula while offering them guidance in working with youth. As a result, artists gain valuable experience teaching within the community, and young students are able to interact with adult mentors in the art-making process.

New Growth is free, open to the public, and includes a Creative Station – all ages art activities hosted in our classroom during the 2nd Saturday opening reception.

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