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Southern Exposure presents InterFace, an exhibition of work by young artists in Southern Exposure’s Mission Voices Summer Artists in Education program. InterFace asks the question, how do we put meaning back into the way we interact and communicate? And what does it really mean to connect with other people in the world, analog and digital alike, in a direct and meaningful way? Throughout the summer, three collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects guide learning and art making around these ideas, culminating with an event and exhibition on view to the public. Southern Exposure invites the community to join students, teaching artists, and partners for El Grito de la Mision, an opening event and celebration on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. InterFace will remain on view through August 25th, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 to 6:00 pm. As always, the exhibition is FREE and open to the public.
Southern Exposure’s Mission Voices Summer (MVS) is an arts program that gives youth the opportunity to exercise leadership skills in their community by exploring relevant social and personal issues through visual arts workshops. The intensive summer program focuses on arts-based community development by pairing local artists with teens. Youth learn to use the visual arts as a tool to express their creative voices and to make a visual statement about their ideas, interests, and ambitions through a series of workshops that result in a project presented to the public at Southern Exposure.
Over the course of the summer, six teaching artists collaborate with Mission Voices Summer students in preparation for the culminating exhibition. For their project, Razzle Dazzle, Cara Levine and Lizzy Cross lead an exploration through the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, where youth artists create urban camouflage to interact with the backdrops of storefronts, houses, landmarks, and everyday sites. Claire Rabkin and Larisa Minerva facilitate The MVS Music Machine, a manually operated kinetic sculpture that uses analog mechanics and salvaged materials to produce sound. Grace Hwang and Isaac Vazquez lead Mission Sites, Mission Sights, a project that examines the InterFace of game design as an important site of human connection. Students create games that explore the InterFace between residents of the Mission community.
About Southern Exposure’s Artists in Education (AIE) Program:
Southern Exposure’s nationally recognized Artists in Education (AIE) program brings together diverse youth, artists, schools, and organizations in a dynamic series of innovative programs. AIE offers youth opportunities to learn critical, artistic, vocational, and cultural experiences beyond the traditional school environment. It also offers professional teaching opportunities for local emerging artists to become arts educators, extending their practice into the community. Sparking a dialogue on contemporary artistic practice and sociopolitical issues, AIE demonstrates the role of artists in society and reflects the conceptual thinking from our exhibition programs to provide new means of expression for youth. With the decrease of art taught in the public schools and the lack of positive, creative outlets for youth, AIE fills a crucial need for interdisciplinary and dynamic art education in the community.