Performing Diaspora 2018 artists Melissa Lewis (顾眉) and Cynthia Ling Lee on Cynthia’s work, Lost Chinatowns. Original conversaiton on Oct 27, 2018 Melissa Lewis: I love hearing about how your work began. Can you share the story of where things started with this piece? Cynthia Ling Lee: It all started with the search for groceries. Asian […]
About This Artist
Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. ABD initiated the Skywatchers program in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store Gallery.
Skywatchers is committed to justice and equity as a critique of the current societal structures that marginalize large segments of the population. Creative expression and artistry are the foundation of a unique set of methodological practices to resist, confront, expose, or intervene in those structures, working towards social change on the individual and systemic levels. We believe in the power of art and collective creative endeavors to transform lives, embody our interconnectedness, and infuse our lives with agency, possibility, and increased vitality.
Skywatchers is structured on the belief that relationships are the first site of social change. We believe that large-scale transformation begins with intimate, interpersonal exchange and that all stakeholders are transformed in this process—artists, resident participants, as well as site staff.
Learn more about ABD Productions and Skywatchers at www.abdproductions.org/skywatchers-2-2/. Photos courtesy of Skywatchers.
By Jeanne Pfeffer, Director of Producing & Advancement Interview on September 7, 2018 I’ve known Charles for over ten years now. I helped him launch his company FACT/SF from 2009-2014 and now serve as President of their Board of Directors. I caught up with Charles recently over a beer to learn about his current […]
Erica here, writing as your soon to be former engagement and strategy lead here at CounterPulse. That’s right, today, Friday, September 7, 2018 is my last day, after (nearly!) four wild, weird, amazing years. I wanted to mark this transition, this go-around of the cycle, with a final blog post sharing one of the engagement […]
The Tenderloin just got more colorful, thanks to the magic of Marina Perez-Wong and Elaine Chu or Twin Walls Mural Co.. Not actually bio-family, Marina & Elaine are artists in sync repping their San Francisco community through large scale murals. Representing women in the arts by taking their practice to the streets and disrupting assumptions […]
Submit to be part of a published anthology of contemporary photographers. If chosen You Receive One Free Paperback Copy!!! Recently I’ve subscribed to email lists that send out regular artist open calls: opportunities to apply to shows, publication, residencies and more. The biggest trend among all of the sexy prospects, is that they don’t actually […]