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“Blackiful” New SF Art Exhibition (June 19 – Aug. 19)

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Creativity Explored | 3245 16th St., San Francisco, CA


What is it like to be a Black artist at Creativity Explored? A Black artist in general? A Black person surviving a global pandemic? A Black person navigating the world after the murder of George Floyd?

Blackiful, opening June 19th at the Creativity Explored gallery, responds to an ongoing need for Black sanctuary space.

What began as a three-week roundtable series centering the experiences of six Black artists at CE in August 2020 quickly expanded into a group exhibition, one which invited all CE artists who self-identify as Black to co-create Black aesthetic space. Blackiful as an ongoing project considers how individual and collective self-determination [for us] are inextricably linked, whether the space and time we share are physical or virtual. Blackiful the exhibition is a temporary monument to this. It is our speculative praxis, one which is Black on all sides. Blackiful is how we care for one another; it is how we theorize in real-time what it means to share space while we embody serious play.

In August of 2020, artists Alissa Bledsoe, Charles Stanberry, Gerald Wiggins, Joseph Omolayole, Vincent Jackson, and Joseph ‘JD’ Green met with CE teaching artist Danielle Wright to examine these questions. Participants agreed to make the group exclusive to only self-identifying Black artists, partly as an experiment based on the approach of “caucusing by race” informed by Gita Gulati-Partee and Maggie Potapchuck.

In witnessing the artists enthusiastically engage, Wright soon realized that Zoom was the space where Black artists could freely engage in these kinds of conversations. Wright and the artists continued to meet beyond the initially planned three weeks, eventually developing the idea to co-curate a group exhibition of works by Black artists, guided by Dr. Romi Crawford’s notion of serious sociality. Blackiful continues the vital conversations started by the group by exploring the visual character of the work of Black artists at Creativity Explored.

Blackiful, the group, has been and continues to be a way for Black artists at CE to study, discuss, and support one another during the pandemic and in light of the ongoing Movement for Black Lives and racial justice.

Blackiful featured artists: Alissa Bledsoe*, Gerald Wiggins*, Joseph Omoloyaole*, J.D. Green*, Vincent Jackson*, Charles Stanberry, Laron Bickerstaff, Eric Boysaw, Samedi Djeimguero, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Isaac Haney-Owens, Nita Hicks, Valerie Jenkins, Lakeshia King, Ade Lewis, Tonya Lewis, Taneya Lovelace, Samantha Matthews, Ursula Matthews, Marcus McClure, Musette Perkins, Lance Rivers
*Blackiful core group artists

About Danielle Wright
Danielle Wright is a Bay-Area-born, Chicago-based visual artist. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Chicago.

About Creativity Explored
Creativity Explored is a studio-based collective in San Francisco that partners with people with developmental disabilities to celebrate and nurture the creative potential in all of us. Founded in 1983 by a psychologist and an artist, CE has facilitated the careers of hundreds of neurodiverse artists and serves as a model in the field of art and disability worldwide.

Creativity Explored now serves 130 artists with developmental disabilities offering art supplies, training, exhibition, and sales opportunities in traditional and digital media. CE artists have seen their work exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs in over 14 countries and have earned over $2 million from their art. Our life-changing programs continue to open doors of inclusion to center the personhood and creative vision of people with developmental disabilities. Most importantly, Creativity Explored is a source of community, empowerment, and dignity.

Creativityexplored.org | @creativityexplored

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Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: Art & Museums, In Person, Online
Address: 3245 16th St., San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 19, 2021

All Day   East Bay Parks “Juneteenth” Free Park Day  FREE*
*Fees waived for Juneteenth include park entrance, parking, dogs, horses, boat launching, and fishing. The Juneteenth fee waiver does not apply to swimming, camping, and reservable picnic facilities (due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions), District concessions, and state fees. Concessions include the Tilden Merry-Go-Round and Redwood Valley Railway steam train, among others. State fees that are not waived include fishing licenses and watercraft inspections for invasive mussels.
8:00 am   Boaters Swap Meet: Marine & Nautical Gear, Treasures and Art  FREE
8:00 am   MegaBlack SF’s “Juneteenth on the Waterfront” Festival  FREE
8:30 am   Portugal vs. Germany Breakfast & Viewing Party (San Pablo)  $10*
*$10 Breakfast: includes French toast, hashbrown casserole, fresh fruit, coffee & OJ
9:30 am   Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)  FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Advanced timed tickets required.
9:30 am   Free “Legion of Honor” Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)  FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Timed advanced tickets required
9:30 am   Juneteenth Inclusive Stories for Kids  FREE*
*Bring a friend! If you can chip us a buck or two that's nice too!
10:00 am   “Blackiful” New SF Art Exhibition (June 19 – Aug. 19)  FREE
10:00 am   22nd Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival (Berkeley)  FREE*
*Free Entry, Box of Chalk is $10.
10:00 am   Hello Kitty Truck Returns to SF  FREE
10:00 am   “Rollin Deep” Outdoor Roller Skate + Waterfront DJ Party (Oakland)  FREE
10:00 am   “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom” at Grace Cathedral  $10*
*Support music, art and cultural programming at Grace Cathedral by purchasing a sliding scale donation ticket. Suggested donation $10
10:00 am   Five Elements of a Butterfly Garden  FREE*
*cat food for our feral cat colony appreciated but not mandatory :)
10:00 am   Juneteenth Freedom Celebration & Fair (Hayward)  FREE
10:00 am   San Francisco City-Wide Pirate’s Treasure Hunt  $52.50
10:00 am   Alan Rath Electronic Art + Sculpture Exhibit (June 19-July 24)  FREE*
*Free
11:00 am   Makers Market Open Air Market (Napa)  FREE
11:00 am   Open-Air “Menagerie Oddities & Curiosities Market” in Alameda  FREE
11:00 am   Maker’s Row “Artists & Fleas” Market (Berkeley)  FREE
11:00 am   Oakland Museum of California Free Weekend (June 18-20)  FREE*
*RSVP and timed tickets required
11:00 am   Juneteenth Oakland Mural Celebration (Free Food, DJs + Jumpy House)  FREE
11:00 am   Bay Area Made: Small Batch & Made to Order (June 19-20)  FREE
12:00 pm   SF’s 71st Annual Juneteenth Festival + Fillmore Block Party  FREE*
*Free to all!
12:00 pm   Black Oakland 3-Hour Guided Mobile / Walking Tour  $74.99*
*cost includes: transportation, museum entry, lunch plate, guided tour, pick up and drop off
12:00 pm   Huge Sports + Fitness Equipment Giveaway (Oakland)  FREE*
*It's all free, the whole time
12:00 pm   Free Marx Meadow “Music in the Park” Mini Fest (Golden Gate Park)  FREE*
*It's totally free! But I'm sure the bands will appreciate any tips thrown their way :)
12:00 pm   Fjallraven SF Pride Artist Pop Up  FREE
12:00 pm   Outdoor Classical Chamber Music Concert in the Castro (SF)  FREE*
*Donations are appreciated, but not required.
12:00 pm   2nd Annual Oakland Juneteenth Fest (Lake Merritt)  FREE
12:00 pm   First Annual “Tenderloin Pride Festival” (SF)  FREE
1:00 pm   Juneteenth Festival: Learn and Celebrate Freedom (Los Altos)  FREE*
*This is what community looks like! All are welcome! Free!
1:00 pm   Free Outdoor Saturday Concerts in Union Square (SF)  FREE
1:00 pm   “Juneteenth” Outdoor Celebration at Bayview Opera House  FREE*
*Pay what you can. Limited free tickets for bayview family and friends
2:00 pm   Electric Fields: Day Into Night ft. Soul Clap  $20*
*Get $10 off any ticket with code electricFC (early bird tickets only, discount ends June 12)
2:00 pm   Titans of Comedy at Atlas Cafe  FREE*
*purchase 2 menu items required
2:00 pm   Black Joy “StoryWindows” Comes to 30+ Storefronts in Oakland  FREE
2:00 pm   “Titans of Comedy” at Atlas Cafe  FREE*
*purchase 2 menu items required
3:00 pm   Moss Gallery “Texture of Time” Closing Art Reception  FREE*
*admission free to gallery
3:00 pm   “TrapSoul” Juneteenth Weekend Day Party (Oakland)  FREE*
*Free before 3:30pm with RSVP. Guaranteed admission tickets $10-20
3:00 pm   California Writers Club: Member Book Launch  FREE*
*Free
3:30 pm   Stand-Up Comedy at Kapwa Gardens  $12*
*Tickets are $12 online, $18 in-person
4:00 pm   Clssical Revolution Saturdays at Liberties Bar SF  $5*
*$5-20 suggested
5:00 pm   5p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Tiki Bar Night (San Francisco)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
5:00 pm   Cheffet’s Free Live Streaming Cooking Class  FREE
6:00 pm   Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “Campy Carnival” + Lip Sync Battle  $25
7:00 pm   Sat 7p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (San Francisco)  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $15). General Admission tickets $15 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20) There is a two drink minimum
7:00 pm   Sat 7p Show – “HellaSecret” Outdoor Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (SF)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
7:00 pm   7p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Tiki Bar Night (San Francisco)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
7:00 pm   Sat 7p Show: “HellaSecret” Speakeasy Comedy & Cocktail Night (SF)  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets start at $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP. There is a two drink minimum
7:00 pm   “Hubba Hubba Revue” Returns: Live Burlesque at DNA Lounge (SF)  $25*
*$25 -- $35
7:00 pm   “The Dirty Talk Game Show” June  $5*
*Early bird tickets available until 6/3/2021
7:00 pm   Sat 7p + 9p Shows: “HellaSecret” Speakeasy Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (Oakland)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
7:30 pm   HellaSecret Comedy Pop-Up on Lake Merritt w/ 20-ft Screen: “Black Laughs Matter”  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $15-20).
8:00 pm   “Black Laughs Matter” Virtual Comedy Show  FREE*
*Donations appreciated. Any amount helps
8:00 pm   Comedy Oakland Live  $20*
*General Admission: USD 20.00
8:30 pm   Sat 8:30p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (San Francisco)  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $15). General Admission tickets $15 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20) There is a two drink minimum
8:30 pm   SF City Hall Lights Up Red/Green/Black for Juneteenth  FREE
8:45 pm   Sat 8:45p Show – “HellaSecret” Outdoor Comedy Show & Cocktail Night (SF)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
8:45 pm   8:45p Show – “HellaSecret” Comedy Show & Tiki Bar Night (SF)  $15*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $15 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $20). General Admission tickets $20 adv with code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $25) - limited to 40 tickets due to maintain social-distance. There is a two drink minimum
9:00 pm   Grand Reopening Free 80s/90s Dance Party at Club 93 (SF)  FREE*
*FREE all night! Come celebrate our reopening!
9:00 pm   LBC Presents Carpool Cinemas – Men in Black (1997)  $35*
*$35 per car in advance; $40 day of show
9:00 pm   Sat 9p Show: “HellaSecret” Speakeasy Comedy & Cocktail Night (SF)  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets start at $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP. There is a two drink minimum
10:30 pm   No Scrubs: ’90s Hip Hop and R&B Night (SF)  $10*
*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $10 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $15-20). Two drink minimum
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