"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
SAN FRANCISCO—Root Division presents We Are Home: Visions & Voices of the Tenderloin Community Quilt, facilitated and co-curated by Mattie Loyce of Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) and Mary Hogue of Mission Praxis, featuring art by over 70 artists and participants across the Tenderloin neighborhood.
Exhibit dates: November 9-29, 2023
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from 2-6 PM
Register for the free community reception on November 9, 3-5 pm.
We Are Home: Visions and Voices of the Tenderloin Community Quilt is an exhibition presenting the work of the Tenderloin Community Quilt project. Beginning in the Fall of 2022 the project engaged the extended Tenderloin through collective quilt-making workshops to express the significance and meaning of ‘home’. The exhibition is the culmination of one year of work, featuring a film of interviews with resident artists, archival print content from the SFPL Tenderloin Archive, and the large-scale collaborative quilts created through its workshops.
In the face of the pandemic, overdose epidemic, and housing crisis that disproportionately affect the Tenderloin neighborhood, the Tenderloin Community Quilt focuses on amplifying the voices of people who have the lived experience of homelessness, and those that care for, or live and work in community with unhoused neighbors. Extending the collaboration and contributions of the project throughout the Tenderloin community, Mattie Loyce hosted workshops at the nine DISH sites and throughout the Tenderloin with Hospitality House, The Healing Well, The Tenderloin Museum, Skywatchers, Faithful Fools, and CounterPulse. With support from Mary Hogue of Mission Praxis, the quilt squares will be joined into a series of large-scale community quilts and exhibited for the first time at Root Division this November.
Wednesday, October 25, 6-8 pm: What Does it Mean to Create Home? – panel discussion hosted by Mattie Loyce at San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center Branch (free and open to the public)
Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 6-8 pm: Radical Histories of Housing and Community Care – panel discussion hosted by Mattie Loyce at San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center Branch (free and open to the public)
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3-5pm: Public community reception for resident artists, Root Division (free and open to the public).
Saturday, November 11, 4-6 pm: 2nd Saturday reception, Root Division (free and open to the public)
The 2nd Saturday reception will feature a performance by Tenderloin resident based performance group Skywatchers, and will overlap with visiting Root Division’s artist spaces as part of ArtSpan Open Studios.
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.