Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Director's note on the Ghost Ship fire, and
an invitation to join us this Friday.
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December 6, 2016Donate to SoEx

Support Those Affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

As the names and numbers of the dead from the Ghost Ship fire are announced, the devastation gets deeper and more overwhelming. Please consider supporting relief efforts – these two funds seem to be actively and thoughtfully working with all involved to responsibly allocate your donations:
  • Fire Relief Fund – donations will go toward funeral, medical, and health-related expenses for victims and survivors
  • Residents' Support Fund – donations will go to the former residents of the Ghost Ship, directly funding supplies and materials needed to support their livelihood
If a space is needed for a memorial gathering or fundraiser, please send us an email, call 415-863-2141, or feel free to drop by during office hours: Tuesday through Saturday11 to 6 PM. We would like to make Southern Exposure available.

Dear Ones,

On Saturday, we awoke to the news that a catastrophic fire ripped through the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland where musicians and artists – friends counted among them – had gathered for a concert. As I write this, the death toll has climbed to 36 and is expected to rise. A wave of grief, tenderness, and shock ripples through every form of communication I’ve read in the past three days. It will not subside soon; it is present in my words to you here.
A criminal investigation is already underway into the illegality and fire code violations of the live-work spaces occupying the warehouse. But even in mainstream media accounts such as the New York Times, the large-scale displacement of artists in the Bay Area is held out as an underlying cause of the fire. Artists cope with precarious housing because economic violence inflicts precariousness upon them.
The idea that Southern Exposure is yours to claim takes on new meaning in the wake of this tragedy and the precariousness that caused it. We strive to be a place that defies the economic violence that so indifferently devalues and eradicates the work of artists. We seek to be a place where artists find welcome and unfettered expression. We hope to be a place that they can reshape in their own image.
With those goals in mind, we extend several invitations at once: Please join us this Friday for the opening of a powerful new exhibition. Please stake your claim in Southern Exposure. Please support our friends and their loved ones in their time of grief. Please know how dear you are to us. We are everything we are because of you.
With gratitude and care,
Patricia, on behalf of the staff and Board of Southern Exposure

Young Queens on the Rise

We have our own voice here. – Jazmine Alcaraz, 16
Join us this Friday for the opening of a powerful youth art exhibition – They Love Our Culture. They Hate Our People | Aman a nuestra cultura. Odian a nuestra gente. The featured artists, participants in SoEx’s Community Arts Internship Program (CAIP), are using the exhibition space to turn a critical eye to pressing issues including state-sanctioned violence, racism, and violence against women.
This fall, CAIP partnered with the Young Queens on the Rise program of Mission Girls, a neighborhood organization with a focus on educating and empowering girls ages 9-24. Recognizing the ways in which our mission and values are complementary, the San Francisco Arts Commission awarded this partnership a 2016 Artists and Communities in Partnership grant. Read more in the most recent issue of El Tecolote, the Mission's bilingual neighborhood newspaper.
Each year, Southern Exposure works with more than 500 youth artists between the ages of 12 and 21 and employs more than 20 teaching artists. By staking a claim in SoEx and the youth art education programs that are an integral part of our mission and programs, you support the artists of tomorrowPlease give today.

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