Foundation Awards $500,000 to Local Orgs for Public Artworks [KQED]

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced Tuesday the awarding of $500,000 in grants to four local arts organizations for temporary public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco. Among the projects:  

TENDER (n) a person who takes charge – Flyaway Productions will work with artists Vân-Ánh Võ and Sean Riley to produce a multi-faceted performance celebrating 100 years of outcast activism in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

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Beyond the bean: Coffee importer’s conscience fuels Eggers’ adventure story [SF Chronicle]

David Eggers, acclaimed author and founder of 826 Valencia, which opened the Tenderloin Center in 2016, has released his latest book, The Monk of Mokha, which tells the harrowing story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali. Raised in the Tenderloin, Alkhanshaji first made news in 2015, when he shared his journey to secure coffee beans from his family's homeland of Yemen amid an escalating war. Now the pair have been traveling around the City promoting the book while providing opportunity for Tenderloin youth through a scholarship program. Read more at SF Chronicle

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Renovated Civic Center Playgrounds Open On Valentine's Day [Hoodline]

The playground upgrade is one of several park investments the city’s Recreation and Parks Department has partnered with the Trust for Public Land to finance and complete, including nearby Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse

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Invest Tenderloin, It's About People

Invest Tenderloin is the campaign and work program by which TLCBD will increase funding and services in quality of lives programs over the next two years leading to the TLCBD renewal in 2020. The general theme of Invest Tenderloin is to deepen, rather than broaden, our existing work while focusing on and sharing the personal stories of those affected by quality of lives programs.

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Tenderloin Talk Live Event Introduces Invest Tenderloin Plan, Focuses on People

Thanks to all who joined us at the third installment of Tenderloin Talk Live. TLCBD appreciated an opportunity to share how previous events have shaped our plan of work over the next two years. Read all about it here. Stay tuned for the next Tenderloin Talk Live in April.

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Neighborhood Heroes: Angela & Stephon

Who will be our next Tenderloin neighborhood hero in February? You decide. Send submissions to Fernando@tlcbd.org. No act of heroism is too small.

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The Soul of a Watering Hole [San Francisco Magazine]

Peter Friel, owner and bartender of Harry Harrington's Pub, talks with reporter, Joe Eskenazi, for San Francisco Magazine's February Bars & Nightlife issue. From the article:  “Everything is changing, but not everything has to. Harry Harrington’s just needs to be a real, neighborhood bar. Not the place where you’re going to wait 25 minutes for a drink that costs 25 bucks, but where you’ll pay 8 bucks and the drink’ll be there within 30 seconds.”

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Crochet Jam creator makes art a form of liberation [KALW]

Local public radio, KALW, recently sat down with one of our Turk Hyde Mini Park activators, Ramekon O’Arwisters, to discuss his life, Crochet Jam art practice, the power of listening, and freedom of expression. Check out his audio interview, which holds tremendous wisdom in 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Ramekon O’Arwisters' current show, Mending, is at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery until February 10th.

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