About the Youth Artist-in-residence program
March 10 - August 13, 2023
Presented by the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Generation Chinatown is a youth artist-in-residence program for high school-age artists headquartered at 41 Ross, Chinatown. Through this program, a cohort of youth artists will develop their own artistic language, build leadership skills, and create art actions that enhance neighborhood recovery. The Generation Chinatown youth artists were selected from a large pool of applicants from SFUSD highschools, and the schools of selected artists include George Washington High School, Galileo, Lincoln, Lowell, June Jordan, and Ruth Asawa.
Generation Chinatown prioritizes the development and growth of QTBIPOC youth artists living in San Francisco while being rooted in neighborhood. As a site-specific youth program, the youth artists are first oriented to the community’s resilient histories, cultures, and neighbors. Then over the course of the residency, the youth artists will create art while being exposed to a series of tours, site visits, and workshops by leading arts practitioners in the Bay Area & beyond. Finally, the youth artists will lead their own community events and a final showcase.
This new program aims to build creative capacity across different generations and invest in the neighborhood’s future.
Sponsors: The Spring 2023 Generation Chinatown Program was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Community Challenge Grant and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Summer 2023 Generation Chinatown Program was made possible thanks to the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Image Credits: Maya Faith Chan (CCC Youth Arts Program Coordinator) 2023
I’m a Chinese American high school senior who has a big love of video games, gardening and of course, art. I was born and raised in SF and I consider myself a part of my school’s theater community and queer youth. I consider myself an artist who is influenced a lot by anime and even more by my Pinterest feed. My style because of that is very varied and all over the place as I take inspiration from whatever or whomever I think looks awesome.
Jackie is Chinese American artist, an uprising junior at George Washington High. I was born and raised in San Francisco. I consider myself an artist who is inspired by video games, anime, and cute things I see on my social media feed :> Currently exploring painting and digital art. Art is a way I escape from reality. Also I enjoy sharing my art with my friends and family.
My name is Michelle and I grew up in the Bay Area. I’m American born Chinese. I grew up playing sports such as basketball at the age of 6. Growing up I’ve explored lots of things and that’s when I stumbled across poems. Writing poems helps me heal. I’m currently doing photography and capturing memories with my friends so that as I grow older, I can look back at these times, and be able to hold on to the joy, the pain and experiences of the past.
Eric Chen (he/him) is an Asian-American born and raised in San Francisco. His family originated from Guangdong, China. Eric’s photography and graphic design primarily focuses on the things actively occurring around the city and encapsulates the moment to recall and to create a positive message behind the image or graphic Eric’s Art is primarily focused on the memories we create as we live our lives and how we cherish and celebrate them.
I’m Dana. I’m 17 years old, and I come from a Hispanic household. I try different art techniques and different ideas of art. I like to create because it’s expressing something that may be happening in the world nowadays. I like to express how I feel about the injustice in many places where many people are living, even animals.
My name is Alexandra, and I grew up in the Bay Area in a Hondurian household. I grew up dancing and being creative. At this time in my life, I have started to focus on making more art and learning to make flowers out of pipe cleaners instead of only buying them. As I get older, I’m learning to see the good that I am building up in myself and also the good in other people. A
Pan the cameras because it’s the aspiring Graphic Designer— Vicky! Fresh graduate at Washington High School; Upcoming Freshmen at CCA. A Chinese-American Artist with (lowkey) hardcore issues. Lover of Psychology, thriving on finding the subliminal meanings of our actions, words, and reactions...
Hello, my name is gen, and I come from a Mexican American household. I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life, and my favorite media are acrylic paint and photography as they are easy to work with and lets you capture important moments in life. I create art to connect with myself and make the time go by faster as it’s a way to get out of that darkness, and just enjoy life in itself.
I am an Chinese America student who is currently enrolled in Galileo Academy of Science and Technology as a junior. I do ilustrations traditionally but I'm also beginning to explore the world of digital art I like to explore topics like insecurities, body image, and love with my illustrations because those are topics that are rarely brought up throughout my life...
I’m a Black/Mexican American artist living in SF. Most of my family comes from or lives in Jamaica, Mexico and America. My mom is a first generation Mexican American born and
raised in San Jose. My dad grew up in a rural area close to Kingston in Jamaica, and he later moved to America. I make a lot of drawing and visual arts...
Hi! I’m Gabby and I am an Indonesian American who grew up in San Francisco my whole life. I like to sketch and doodle of things I see in my life such as friends, flowers, landscapes, etc. Art is something I do for fun that I find very calming. In terms of media I’ve worked with I have explored sketching, painting, paper weaving, printmaking, and sculping. A lot of my art is influenced by social media like Pinterest and Tiktok, or by my interests, my friends, my life.
My name is Lauren and I’m a Vietnamese American artist from the Bay Area. I love to work with all mediums, but my favorites are music, filmmaking, and acrylic. Art allows me to create an outlet, not only for myself, but others, giving a lovely pathway into connecting all of us with or without words. I love art for what it provides me, and how I can translate my passion and emotions into something beautiful.
Image Credits: Gisela Salma Tarifa, 2023
RISE: A YOUTH ARTS EXHIBITION
June 9 - 23, 2023 || 41 Ross, Chinatown San Francisco, CA
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) presented "RISE: A Youth Art Exhibition" at 41 Ross storefront studio, featuring Generation Chinatown artists:
Bugg, Dana, Eric, Itzci, Jennifer, MiCAHHH, and Sophia.
RISE centers on the perspective of seven San Francisco-raised high school youth and their dedication to healing, resilience, and empowerment. It is a portrait of how their relationships with family, friends, neighborhood[s], and life experiences inform their present. From exploring the multiple parts of their identities, uplifting queer history and mythologies to examining what building a sense of home means, these rising artists are defining their own narratives to understand both who they are and who they are becoming.
At the June 9th opening event for RISE: A Youth Art Exhibition for Generation Chinatown out of 41 Ross, the youth artists were met with an outpouring of support from community members. Over 300 attendees were counted during the two hour event. During the event Generation Chinatown youth artists had the opportunity to interact with guests by sharing about their artworks, answering questions and also giving their own individual speeches at the beginning of the event. While preparing the exhibition for installation, many community members expressed interest in learning about the 41 Ross youth artist in residence program and watching the youth artists’ process unfold. After the opening night, an estimated one thousand visitors viewed the exhibition at 41 Ross which was open for two weeks after the showcase event.
In addition: A broad range of people learned about the program through news media coverage of the showcase: KTSF Channel 8, KQED, Sing Tao (with potential viewership of 105,000 viewers). One visitor from the community came during the gallery hours after the final exhibition and mentioned she had recognized our location from the media segment on KTSF. The media outlets that highlighted Generation Chinatown helped expand the scope of our programming beyond the local neighborhood, but the greater San Francisco/Bay Area community.
Design: Micah Zhang in collaboration with Generation Chinatown Artists & CCC