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Celebrate Youth Creativity at the 2017 Youth Art Show

March 31 and April 1
The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission in partnership with the Unified School District announces the 17th presentation of the Youth Art Show. Celebrate youth artistry at this wildly colorful event.

The program showcases the visual art of South San Francisco Unified School District students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Visitors will be treated to hundreds of art exhibits, in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, watercolors, ceramics, acrylics, and mixed-media.

The Friday opening features joyful presentations by youth performing artists. Aspiring artists of all ages can enjoy craft table activities on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Select art from this program will be on extended exhibit in the Municipal Services Building for approximately four weeks after the show.

The event will be held at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, on Friday, March 31, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public. Admission is free! Contact the Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800 for information on this program and other upcoming art gallery events.

2017 Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship

SSFUSD graduating seniors – Entry deadline Tuesday, April 18

The Cultural Arts Commission is awarding a $500 minimum scholarship to a graduating South San Francisco Unified School District senior who has shown achievement in the arts, which includes all forms of visual arts. Student applicants must be graduating SSFUSD seniors planning on continuing studies in the arts. There is a possibility of one winner at each of the three high schools in SSF: South San Francisco High School, El Camino High School, and Baden High School. The finalist from each school will receive a minimum award of $500 (five hundred dollars). If a finalist is not selected from one of the schools listed, then the scholarship amount, designated for that school, will be divided in equal parts and added to the scholarship award for the remaining finalist(s).

The award will be presented at each school's Senior Awards Night. The finalist will also be invited to a second presentation at a televised City Council meeting. The finalist's original art may be featured in an extended exhibit at the Municipal Services Building. Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Applications should be mailed or brought to: South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Ercie Santos, Cultural Arts Specialist, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080.
2017 Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship Guidelines and Application 
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 Five New Extraordinary Utility Box Murals Embellish the SSF Cityscape

Be sure to visit the five new utility box murals that were completed as part of the 2016 Utility Box Mural project. “Straight out of SSF,” by artist Grace Furci and students from the SSF Adult Transition Program is a tribute to different aspects of the South San Francisco community. It is located near the BART station at Mission and Evergreen, where commuters and community are welcomed with colorful images of city iconography mixed with textual aspirations.

The mural, in shades of gray and purple and located at Grand and Magnolia, alludes to life’s constant movement. Titled, “Through the Wind,” it is the creation of South San Francisco native, Nicholas Serrano.

The lovely floral images that envelop the untitled, petite box on the corner of Maple and Baden Avenue are the creation of San Bruno artist, Manuel Catania.

East Bay artist, Kalief Porter-Brown’s untitled mural, located near 701 Gateway Blvd., features “Dali-esque” illustrations of Northern California wildlife including blackneck stilts, leopard shark and shiner perch.

“Loving Life,” is the creation of artist and arts commissioner, PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard, with the collaboration of her mother, Mary Allicson Hobson Coard. The mural, imbued vibrant hearts and citrine and ruby flowers leaping out of the emerald background, can be found on South Spruce Avenue and Huntington. 

Commissioner Hobson-Coard’s project was featured on the November 14, 2016 issue of the San Mateo Daily Journal. She subsequently received a letter of congratulations from Representative Jackie Speier’s office. Enjoy the photo slideshow she composed highlighting her experience as she painted her utility box. 
The Utility Box Mural Project allows artists and creative community members the opportunity to highlight and share their artistry, while creating pleasant public spaces and deterring graffiti. Paint donations are courtesy of Kelly-Moore Paints in South San Francisco.

Announcing the 2017 Art Gallery Schedule 

The Cultural Arts Commission sponsors a series of annual art gallery exhibits designed to showcase the visual creativity of local and Bay Area artists. Join the commission for the following 2017 art gallery events. A Photography Exhibit, on February 10 and 11, will launch the art gallery program. March 31 and April 1 features the 17th presentation of the Youth Art Show, with visual art exhibits by SSF Unified School District students from kindergarten through high school, and youth performing arts. Fine art in two-dimensional painting is featured at the General Art Show on July 14 and 15. Quilting and other fiber arts will be showcased October 13 and 14. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Cultural Arts Barbeque on Sunday, August 27. This important fundraising event supports cultural art programs in South San Francisco.

Visit this page throughout the year for updated information on 2017 art gallery events, as well as, other upcoming cultural art opportunities and activities. Inquiries regarding cultural arts programs should be directed to Ercie Santos, Cultural Arts Specialist, at the SSF Parks & Recreation Department office.

Enjoy Photo Presentations of 2017 Art Gallery Exhibits

Select the links below to view photo slideshows of select South San Francisco 2017 art gallery exhibits. Photography and slideshow is courtesy of artist and Cultural Arts Commissioner PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard.