Thursday, February 12, 2015

In the right "Frames Of Mind": A collaboration with Kearny Street Workshop

RAMS is excited to be collaborating with Kearny Street Workshop on an upcoming project entitled "Frames of Mind".

Funded through a grant of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Frames Of Mind project will focus on Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) living with or who are at high-risk for mental health issues and connect them with teaching artists/photographers who can equip them with the skills and confidence to creatively tell their own stories through the use of photography. In doing so, we aim to increase visibility and awareness of the daily challenges and experiences of individuals with mental health problems, and build support within APA communities which tends to stigmatize these conditions.

Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest APA multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. Founded in San Francisco’s Manilatown/Chinatown neighborhood in 1972, KSW has long been an institution for community-based arts in San Francisco and has greatly impacted the cultural development of APAs in the Bay Area, and consequently, around the country.

This project is slated to commence in mid-2015, with program planning, outreach, and workshops taking place over 2015-2016. It is the goal of RAMS and KSW to release the published work in 2016.  Stay tuned on this blog, where we'll provide updates on this groundbreaking new project.  We are all very excited about this unique collaboration involving the Arts and Community-Based Mental Health sectors, and look forward to working with Kearny Street Workshop in the coming years.

For more details, see: The Arts Commission announces the recipients of the FY2014-2015 Cultural Equity Initiatives, Arts & Communities: Innovative Partnerships, and Individual Artist Commissions grants.
And also: FY15 Arts & Communities: Innovative Partnerships Project Summaries

 Photo credit:  Daniel Dionne on Flickr