2019-Present

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, music and soundscapes. Paintings and drawings are displayed on board Chispa.

Chispa is back out rolling through Southeast SF. Our first event of 2021 was at the Popup Portola: Together Again event. We have upcoming dates, check out our Updates Section and follow us on Instagram (link below: Follow).

Trade your art for art from the Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio at our public events or through the mail:

We trade your art for our art! If you trade us a drawing, poem, story, song lyrics or recipe 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! 

Trade with us!

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. Kaiya Canja Wong Jones designed a lantern and a mural for the event. Severa Wang led Drag Storytime and librarians, teachers and volunteers read stories in Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Italian. Tien Bui, Thao Le and Lia Smith led handmade neighborhood games with mooncake prizes.  Yensing Sihapanya of Family Connections MC’d and Caitlin Vejby managed the project. The Portola Branch Library and Family Connections co-sponsored the event.

Illustration by Oscar Melara for the 2019 Chispa Autumn Moon Celebration, showing the Chispa cart with related activities and phases of the moon.

Funders: Chispa and the Chispa pivot project, We Trade are generously funded by Southern Exposure/Alternative Exposure, the Fleishhacker Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and private donors.

Photographs by Sibila Savage.