Our Pop-up Market with Whole Foods Market in Oakland gives us chance to shine a light on the talent in the Town, and invites you to get your hands dirty at two interactive engagements.
Sanctuary City Print Shop
We have known artist Sergio De La Torre from our founder's art school days, so when they reached out to partner with us it was a very enthusiastic yes. The message is the mission and we have a fondness for anything mobile and interactive which engages the community in larger social issues. Here is more info about their great work.
"Print your own poster at a workshop with founders Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, who aim to raise awareness about the concept of being a “sanctuary city” as well as disseminate information on the recently enacted immigration policies and how they impact our community. Sharing art and infographics, leading silkscreen workshops, and distributing printed material throughout the city, Sanctuary Print Shop serves as a resource center and catalyst for the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Website project page
"Through silkscreen community workshops (taught via their mobile tricycle silkscreen cart), and other participatory activities, Sanctuary Print Shop educates participants on the history of the sanctuary ordinance within San Francisco, and serves as a resource center and catalyst for public engagement in the movement to uphold immigrants’ rights." - ForeSight Foundation Website project page
Dragon School already had a great relationship with Whole Foods Market, so when they wanted to bring a 16' wall to the Pop-up Market for folx to paint as a live mural, well, we thought what better way to connect to the celebration of the "Authentically Oakland" mural than to have folx paint one themselves as a community activity.
To learn more about their work about town read on! "Dragon School uses art and design as a vehicle to make communities more cohesive, more interesting and creates a respect for these areas by residents and visitors alike...We provide youth and the general public a unique place to experiment, collaborate and develop community ownership via artistic avenues. Dragon School's method re-imagines the neighborhood as a shared culture of art, where unity is strengthened through diversity." - Dragon School website