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.