Curatorial Projects > Califas (2013)


A group exhibition featuring work by Andrea Blum, California is a Place: A Documentary Project by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari, Mia Nakano, Joan Osato, Joel Daniel Phillips, SF Postcard Project, and Jenifer K. Wofford & Kyle Herbert

October 2 – December 21, 2013
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theater come together this Fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, an immersive, story-filled six-week celebration of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M. The Califas Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of creative multimedia exploration in communities around the state. We continue to cross boundaries in art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a DREAM-Act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s, the work of MacArthur award-winning writer Luis Alfaro, and a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs. This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state.

If California were a country, as of 2012 it would have been the 9th largest economy and the 34th most populous nation in the world. California is the most populous state in the United States, home to 1 out of 8 Americans; the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the population of California on July 1, 2012 was over 38 million. This exhibition is inspired by the countless stories and people that make up the state – from the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz to residents a block away on the corner of 6th and Mission Streets, from a senior synchronized swimming team in Orange County to a youth Scraper Bike Team in East Oakland.