Ten years ago, I started working for the San Francisco Arts Commission, which provided me with my first introduction to the District 10 community. I worked on many arts projects in the various District 10 neighborhoods including working with the Shipyard Trust for the Arts, helped to select public art for the Public Utilities Commission at 1550 Evans Street project as well as the projects along India Basin. My overall goal was to develop and produce arts initiatives in District 10 to activate the neighborhood, increase foot traffic to strengthen economic vitality.
After leaving the Commission, I founded Imprint City, a non-profit organization that furthered my ability to activate neighborhoods with arts projects and encourage increased foot traffic to local businesses. This included art installations, pop up galleries in vacant storefronts along Third Street as well as music festivals. If you drive to Egbert, you can still experience the large scale murals I commissioned there. I call that block the Sprayview (right across from Laughing Monk Brewing).
Since 2015, Imprint City attracted over 15,000 event goers, 200 participating neighborhood retail and food merchants, 100 youth employees, 75 community based organization partnerships and 150 performing and visual artists to the District 10 neighborhoods. I also co-authored legislation with support from former District 10 Supervisor, Malia Cohen designating the Bayview Hunters Point as San Francisco’s African American Arts and Cultural District.
My additional volunteer work to support the improvement of San Francisco life includes working with the Human Rights Commission to strengthen Mayor London Breed’s Opportunities for All summer youth program, which employed a significant number of Bayview youth. I also served on the Mayor’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force, a current board member of Emerge California and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). I look forward to serving once again as a Democratic party delegate, and I hope I can count on your vote for me and the entire Rise Together Assembly District 17 slate.