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Presidio Tunnel Tops murals: art with a message
Favianna Rodriguez, the artist and activist behind the new murals debuting Sunday at the Presidio Tunnel Tops park, hopes to demonstrate that we must look back to repair the future with her work. Rodriguez is part of the Presidio Activator Council, a group of Bay Area community leaders, activists and artists representing those who have been historically underrepresented in national parks.
El arte público llega al Parque Presidio de San Francisco
Sobre una especie de calcomanías gigantes y coloridas que se adhieren al pavimento, la artista Favianna Rodríguez creó unos diseños con un resistente material llamado aluminio plástico. Rodríguez es parte de un programa denominado ‘Activadores’. Este original programa fue creado para incorporar a las comunidades de más bajo recursos del Área de la Bahía y que por lo general han quedado excluidas y no visitan los parques nacionales. Las agencias involucradas en el proyecto son el Presidio Trust, el Parque Nacional Golden Gate y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales.
Soon-to-Open Tunnel Tops Park Supports a More Inclusive Future
Among the new attractions, Tunnel Tops features vibrant, larger-than-life outdoor murals by Rodriguez, titled Ancestral Futurism. One of the murals includes a banner reading, “Welcome to the homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone,” referring to the Indigenous people who first lived on the San Francisco peninsula. The lively, colorful artworks are part of the Presidio’s efforts to reimagine what it means to be an accessible, inclusive urban national park. The design process for Tunnel Tops was built around input from San Franciscans who have historically felt unwelcome in the Presidio.
Favianna Rodriguez Says Having Abortions Helped Her Reach Her Goals
Favianna Rodriguez who is a 43 year old artist who runs a nonprofit that employs other women of color discusses how having 2 abortions helped her reach her goals.
Presidio Tunnel Tops Opening
On opening day, artist, social justice activist and Presidio Activator Favianna Rodriguez will unveil a temporary mural installation—Ancestral Futurism—honoring the diversity and interconnectedness of the people, flora, and fauna that have lived in this ecosystem for centuries. The murals are located outdoors on the ground near the Visitor Center and the Outpost nature play area. Additionally, a banner with a welcome message in Ramaytush is on display at Presidio Plaza outside the Transit Center.
Richmond Art Center shines light on summertime exhibitions
Heading to the RAC’s South Gallery June 22 through August 20 will be the “Collective Care is Our Best Protection” exhibition, which will feature “a group of women artists who are at the forefront in activating public consciousness through muralism and printmaking. Two large, portable murals will be part of the exhibition: The first, painted by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong from Twin Walls Mural Company, while the second one is painted by Keena Romano, Leslie Dime Lopez, Vanessa Agana Espinoza Solari and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz, per the RAC. Favianna Rodriguez’s collages and prints will also be on display along with the murals. A reception will be held Sat., June 18, from 2-4 p.m.
Students can decompress in a garden at a new East Oakland schoolyard
Until Thursday, Markham Elementary was the only elementary in Oakland without a playground. The situation for those students changed thanks to the support of the Warriors Community Foundation... In the middle of the garden, freshly-planted trees, and playground, there is a new basketball court with a mural by artist Favianna Rodriguez.
Warriors Community Foundation Unveils Refurbished Basketball Court and Schoolyard in Oakland
The renovation of the Markham Elementary School basketball court included the resurfacing of the entire playing area with new lines, center court graphics and logos, new hoops and backboards, and a new mural designed by Favianna Rodriguez, an Oakland-based artist.
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Artist and Organizer Favianna Rodriguez Knows that Pleasure is Political
In this interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In this episode, Favianna shares how she got clear about the things she was fighting for, and how she built a life that allows her to embrace pleasure and joy.
Artist Favianna Rodriguez on Transcending Pain Through Art
In this episode of Into the Mix, host Ashley C. Ford talks with artist Favianna Rodriguez — maker of bold, energetic murals, prints, and sculptures — about how her work both names, and helps transcend, the pain of systemic racism. She’ll share how her work explores the themes of racial and economic injustice through a “yes” framework that embodies how we want to live in the world.
Favianna Rodriguez on the Power of Art to Heal Polarization
Favianna speaks with Philanthropy Women for their Feminist Giving IRL Series about what inspires her, gender equity, and what she wished she knew when she started out in her profession.
Old Navy Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Limited-Edition Tees
Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the diverse mix of Latino cultures within the US and recognizes their contributions to society. As part of Old Navy’s Project WE, the brand is celebrating the commemorative month by tapping three Latinx artists to create limited-edition graphic tees inspired by their heritage.
See Why Old Navy Tapped 3 Latinx Artists to Design Tees That Honor Their Unique Heritages
Old Navy has always been a go-to destination for cute graphic tees, but now, thanks to the Project WE initiative, you can support an important cause and look stylish at the same time. The new line of Project WE T-shirts celebrates Latinx Heritage Month through unique and colorful designs.
Bampfa’s ‘New Time’ Explores The Nature Of Feminist Art Today
New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century, a multi-gallery landmark exhibition that features nearly 150 artworks by more than 75 artists and collectives of all generations that explore the nature of feminist art today.
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The Roots That Grow The Cultural Field We Need Today
Favianna discusses the groundbreaking donation from Mackenzie Scott, who made a massive $2.7 billion investment in support of 286 organizations working to spark change and empower individuals, including the Center for Cultural Power.
The Language Of Connection: An Interview With Artist Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna talks about her 113-foot-long glass mural along one wall of the natatorium at the Garfield Center in the heart of the Mission District. The piece, Santuario, celebrates the long presence of Latinx families in the Mission. She talks about the origins of the piece and the role of artists in building community and addressing social justice.
Watch: What’s next for the arts in Oakland?
The Oaklandside sat down with two local figures heavily involved with the arts to get their perspective: Kev Choice and Favianna Rodriguez. Choice and Rodriguez are part of the Artists in Action coalition, leading the conversation around the future of arts and culture in Oakland.
50 Years of Earth Day: Artist-Activist Favianna Rodriguez Explains Why Climate Action Is More Important Than Ever
Favianna Rodriguez’s organization The Center for Cultural Power has teamed up with the Earth Day Network to pass the torch of climate action to the girls, women of color, and indigenous communities whose futures are most affected by climate change.
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SF Mission District’s Garfield Square Gets $19.7 Million Facelift
A $19.7 million renovation project at Garfield Square in San Francisco’s Mission District was finished on Monday after more than two years of construction. Artist Favianna Rodriguez created a new glass mural for the indoor pool area.
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