Chispa means “spark” in Spanish and Oscar chose that name because we want to spark connections between neighborhoods in Southeast San Francisco. We bring Chispa to events in the Bayview/Hunters Point, Excelsior, Portola and Visitation Valley. It’s  a mobile multi media gallery of artwork and music made by artists living and/or working in the Southeast. All the art is available for trade! 
Trade your art for art by Southeast SF artists at our public events or through the mail:

We trade your art for our art! If you make us a drawing, poem, story, song lyrics or recipe, you can trade us for any of the prints in the Southeast San Francisco Artists Portfolio. Choose 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’ve just added new work by SE SF visual artists. We’ve also commissioned a two hour musical track by Southeast SF musicians, come listen while you draw or write. We want to build a collective cultural life in Southeast San Francisco with you! 

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

Photographs by Sibila Savage.