The HOPE SF Arts Assessment took place at the San Francisco Public Library on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015. In this year’s assessment the HOPE SF team focused on how art can be a vehicle for healing and community transformation in the HOPE SF communities of Alice Griffith, Hunters View, Potrero Terrace & Annex, and Sunnydale.
Over the course of the past six months, SF State graduate students conducted almost 70 interviews with community residents, arts program staff, city staff, funders, and policy makers about the role of art in the HOPE SF communities and what is needed to strengthen art programming. During this same time, a community engaged arts process with professional artist Brett Cook brought together HOPE SF residents and program staff to explore how art can foster community building and enhance their work.
At the assessment, students in the SF State Master of Public Health (MPH) cohort presented findings and recommendations from the interviews, and residents from HOPE SF communities led the audience in a group meditation, and performed inspiring dance and musical routines.
This year’s assessment was particularly engaging as the event emphasized the power of art and community through many interactive art activities. Check out our photos to see some of the art that was created! Learn more about the HOPE SF assessments and read the detailed assessment report.