Chispa

Chispa is a roving art cart the size of a parade float. Wherever Chispa appears in Southeast San Francisco she shares art, music and performances by Southeast SF artists. Chispa is a cross-cultural pollinator building connections between the Bayview/Hunters Point, The Excelsior, The Portola and Visitacion Valley. Sometimes Chispa events spread out on blankets for storytelling and neighborhood games, sometimes she broadcasts poetry, paintings and drawings are displayed on board Chispa.

Right now, we trade your art for our art! If you trade us a drawing, poem, story or song lyrics that you’ve created, you can choose from any of the work in the Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio. Chose prints by Juan Fuentes, Amy Diaz-Infante, George Harry Crampton Glassanos, Kaiya Canja Wong Jones, Sarah A. Smith, Charles Dabo or Anne Seeman, who are just some of the multi-generational artists whose work is ready for trade. We want to build a collective cultural life in Southeast San Francisco with you! Our artists + you!

Chispa launched in August 2019 at the Peace & Unity Festival at the Visitacion Valley Greenway, Dr. Loco aka José Cuellar Phd opened up the event by calling on the four directions. Dueto Arte played their beautiful tunes. Chispa displayed the botanical prints of Anne Seeman and the dioramas of Kate Connell and Oscar Melara.

Johnny Escobedo performed his work “Luna Bella,” commissioned by Connell and Melara at the Chispa Autumn Moon Festival, September 2019 in McLaren Park. La Movida Marching Band, La Familia Peña-Govea and Mr. Choi’s Traditional Musical group performed. Severa Wang performed Drag Storytime and stories in Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Italian were read out loud. Tien Bui, Thao Le and Lia Smith led handmade neighborhood games with mooncake prizes. Kaiya Canja Wong Jones designer a lantern and a mural for the event.

Chispa will be back in 2021 rolling through the Let’s build a collective cultural life together!

Chispa is generously funded by Alternative Exposure/Southern Exposure, The Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation and private donors.

Photographs by Sibila Savage.