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Excelsior Sunday Streets 2020!

Please join Chispa at Excelsior Sunday Streets!
Sunday, March 29, 2020
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
We’ll be partnering with Youth Art Exchange

and we’ll set up in front of
{X} Space
5137 Mission Street
at Geneva Avenue
San Francisco

We’ll have new additions to the Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio
including this piece by Charles Dabo

Chispa Autumn Moon Celebration

Chispa Autumn Moon Celebration

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Louis Sutter Playground/McNab Lake in McLaren Park

Live music! Fresh Art! Art for Trade! Story Time in Spanish, English, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and Drag Queen Story Time!

All Free and All Fun, Please Join us!

Chispa Rollout

Chispa Rollout!

We’ll be rolling out our new Chispa cart–the cultural cross pollinator that features artists in Southeast San Francisco working in all media. Come join us at the Visitacion Valley Greenway’s

Peace and Unity Celebration
Saturday, August 17, 2019
11:00 am-3:00 pm
Children’s Play Park, Vis Valley Greenway
Between Teddy and Campbell Streets, near Rutland St.

We’ll have art, artists, art giveaways, live music and there will be clowns, a Dog Costume Contest, activities for families, local beekeepers (it’s National Honeybee Day), community arts and crafts. Bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on, and a dish to share for the VVG multicultural potluck!

Here is one of the artists’ giveaways we’ll be distributing, “Romanesco” is by Anne Seeman, visual artist and musician and co-founder of the Visitacion Valley Greenway.

For more information contact us at


We’re excited to announce our new project! Chispa is a cultural cross-pollinator. The size of a small ark or a rolling garden shed, Chispa can serve as a theater, gallery and art production lab. It’s enlarged by dioramas, game boards, and sound umbrellas. Chispa is a series of public art events with performances and artist demonstrations led by Book and Wheel Works artists, Kate Connell and Oscar Melara. The project continues their goal to build a collective cultural life in Southeast San Francisco. Chispa sustains and builds on Connell and Melara’s fruitful decades-long collaborations with neighbors, local institutions and a multigenerational roster of Southeast San Francisco artists.

Thank you to Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Program, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation as well as generous private donors.

This Fall!

Join us for a panel discussion:
Model City: Collectively Shaping SF

The first in Shaping San Francisco’s fall season of Public Talks. Co-sponsored by Public Knowledge, which is a collaboration between San Francisco Public Library and SF MOMA. We’ll be speaking with Sofia Vivanco Airaghi, our collaborator on The Cultural Map of Southeast SF and Bik Van der Pol, artists in residence at the Headlands and SFMOMA/SFPL. Come see the enlarged version of the map with contributions from 3 of our 4 featured neighborhoods!

Wednesday, September 26
7:30-9:30 pm
Eric Quezada Cultural Center
518 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Check out the rest of Shaping SF’s offerings
and Public Knowledge‘s programming, including a focus on a 1939 diorama of San Francisco that is more than 40 square feet in size!

The Cultural Map of Southeast San Francisco

Come by the SF History Days this weekend to add your ideas to our new map! Together with our collaborator, Sofia Vivanco Airaghi, we’ve just finished the 3rd edition of our map. We’d love to have your ideas, too!

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Here are folks who added their ideas when we visited the Bayview Branch Library, Visitacion Valley Greenway and the Portola Fest! Excelsior, we would love to visit you, too!






Join us at Open Engagement 2016

Game TemplateBook and Wheel Works will be offering a workshop and presenting a project in progress during Open Engagement, 2016. Both events take place at the Oakland Museum. The conference begins Thursday, April 28 and runs through Sunday May 1.

Check out our Play the Way: Come Make a Game on Saturday, April 30, 12-1:30
More info


Hear a quick presentation about our new collaboration with Richard Talavera and The Mexican Bus, Rancho Grande on Sunday, May 1 3:20-3:35.

More info

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Moving Art House Exhibition Extended!

Drop by the Portola Branch Library and check out the Moving Art House exhibition–extended indefinitely!

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Create a Cootie Catcher: Unfold Stories!

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Potrero Puzzler, Book and Wheel Works, 2013

Join us for a Giant Cootie Catcher
making workshop!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Friday, June 26, 2015
3-5:00 and 5:30-7:45, or drop in any time.

Learn to design, play, and tell your story of home through the use of large origami fortune-tellers or cootie catchers. Drawn from their giant cootie catchers that unfurl stories of the San Francisco’s Potrero Hill  neighborhood, artists Kate Connell + Oscar Melara (Book + Wheel Works) and collaborator Alisa Messer will demonstrate how to design these unique large-scale paper structures to unfold complex stories of place and home. So, bring your stories, pictures and images of your place, your home, (or just draw/collage when you get here) and be ready to play together at the end of the workshop.

Materials and basic tools will be provided.

Check out YBCA’s Facebook page and RSVP there! 
We’ll begin workshops at 3pm and 5:30pm, but please drop in at whatever time is most convenient to you!

This workshop is one of 3 workshops in the Sustaining Place series curated by Book and Wheel Works for Conceiving Place by Mabel Negrete at YBCA.


Sustaining Place: How can we sustain place? Come play your way with us in these “thinkershops.” The social forces of urban renewal, development and displacement raise questions– what is possible? We will play our way to an exchange about nurturing an authentic San Francisco, supporting labor, allying with public education and services, paying living wages and cherishing and defending our neighborhoods and our homes. As we “thinker” our history together, sending our roots deeper, we value our city’s strong African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, and working class communities. Our hands and bodies build mutual respect as we commit to a San Francisco that sustains all of us.

Joint statement by participating artists: Book and Wheel Works, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Jarrel Phillips, Alisa Messer, Amber Straus.

Watch for Moving Art House this winter!

The Mexican Bus

Moving Art House

We’re planing a mobile cultural space with dynamic programming for southeast San Francisco. Beginning in winter, 2015, and running through winter, 2016, Moving Art House, Richard Talavera’s  Mexican Bus (a beautiful environment on its own) will shape-shift for a series of events in San Francisco’s Portola District. More than a dozen artists—musicians and composers, poets, visual and performing artists—will create new work germane to southeast San Francisco. Over the course of a year the route of Moving Art House connects and illuminates a constellation of sites where Portolans and their predecessors have gathered over many years.

Thank you to generous funders who are making this project possible!
In order of receipt:

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Fleishhacker Foundation

Southern Exposure/Alternative Exposure

Thanks, too, to the Intersection Incubator Program, essential to San Francisco!

Stay tuned, more news to come!