Imprint City, a non-profit dedicated to driving economic vitality in underserved neighborhoods through the arts, announces the Remain Creative Billboard Series, a term coined by Hunters Point artist Malik Seneferu.
This ambitious public art project includes nine billboards along the Third Street commercial corridor between Cesar Chavez and Egbert Avenue, launching on October 15th. The Series features thought-provoking work by acclaimed artist Hank Willis Thomas, William Scott and five celebrated local artists.
“I am incredibly excited to have William Scott and Hank Willis Thomas’ participation in the Remain Creative Billboard Series,” says Imprint City Founder and Executive Director Tyra Fennell. “Through this project we hope to continue adding to the rich cultural tapestry of San Francisco by cultivating socio-economic diversity and inclusiveness and thoughtfully supporting all the nuisances that embody African-American art, placing it in the last stance for Black life in San Francisco, the Bayview.”
Known for his conceptual art, focused on perspective identity, commodity, media, and popular culture, Thomas is co-founder, with Eric Gottesman, of For Freedoms, a platform that uses the arts as a vehicle to build greater in American Democracy. Thomas will contribute his photograph the Cotton Bowl, a part of the2011 series Strange Fruit, this work links contemporary sports and advertising with the history of slavery.
“I am honored to be a part of the rich tradition of African American artists whose career started in the bay. It is here that I learned the power of art as a medium for public civic discourse. At this critical time in San Francisco and our nation’s history, I am grateful to imprint city supporting artists work in unique ways that contribute to the legacy and culture of the bay view/ hunters point community, says For Freedoms co-founder, Hank Willis Thomas.
Thomas will be joined by other artists including Bayview Hunters Point natives, artists William Scott, Malik Seneferu and hip-hop artist So Vicious as well as artists Ron Saunders, Suhas Bhujbal, Alice Beasley and Erica Deeman. A Bayview Hunters Point community photo celebrating the residents of Bayview will also be featured on the collection of billboards.
The Remain Creative Billboard project is made possible by funding support from the Community Challenge Grant Program and Oryx.