For more than 30 years, DrawBridge has provided free weekly expressive arts programs for children experiencing housing insecurity across the Bay Area. The new DrawBridge Community Artist Program, supported by the California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, builds on this history of service and connects local artists with youth in shelters, affordable housing facilities and community centers throughout the region.
A committee of arts professionals and community leaders have selected five Bay Area artists to develop art experiences and site-specific works with children ages 5-18 in San Francisco, Alameda and Marin counties. Each artist will produce community-focused art activities that offer authentic dialogue and mentorship for DrawBridge youth artists.
The selected artists are Ashante J. Ford, supporting youth artists residing in affordable housing sites in Alameda; Jasmine Liang, who will work with youth artists in emergency shelters and transitional housing in San Francisco; Kenna Romano, who will assist youth artists in transitional housing in Oakland; Eduardo Valadez Arenas, who will be working with youth artists in transitional housing in San Francisco; and Sharon Virtue, who will support youth artists in Marin County community centers.
“DrawBridge’s expressive arts programs celebrate the creative power of children in the diverse communities we serve,” said Tracy Bays-Boothe, DrawBridge Executive Director. “Thanks to the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, DrawBridge youth artists will be able to connect with and be inspired by talented artists who live and work in their community.” For more information, visit drawbridge.org.