Through the Residency Program, the Red Poppy Art House has allows select artists, performers and curators to use our space as a residence for executing proposed creative projects. The ongoing creation of new work, with the often unpredictable turns and exchanges that occur when artists have time and space together, stand as perhaps the most impactful element in shaping the feeling and culture that ultimately characterizes the Red Poppy itself. While the Red Poppy’s Artist Residency Program does not provide a living space for the artist, it provides a living and growing space for the creative work.

Since its founding, the Red Poppy has maintained its Residency Program based on the following values:

Vitality of an Artistic Core: The presence of resident artists, the professional and personal informal relationships they bring, as much as the on-site development and public presentations of their work, constitute a continuity of creative dialog and exchange that defines the very nature of the Red Poppy as an artistic and cultural hub.

Exemplifying Cultural Diversity through the Arts: Recognizing that artists can be the forerunners of cultural and social transformation, the Red Poppy selects a balance of resident artists whose combined skills, inspiration, craft, and cultural roots, hold the capacity to demonstrate 9the extraordinary potential implicit within inter-cultural collaboration.

Current Residencies:

During their four month residency at the Red Poppy, Co-Artistic Directors Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow of EDELO created an outdoor studio featuring collaborative art projects titled This Is My Home. The installations created as a part of This Is My Home were produced in partnership with surrounding Mission District neighbors reflecting their diverse experienced realities.

The opening reception of This Is My Home took place in conjunction with the April Mission Arts Performance Project: Black & Brown Lives Matter: From the Mission to Ayotzinapa, Ferguson to Gaza, co-curated by Melonie J. Green.

YESKAFor the April opening, Caleb and Mia invited YESCKA, a guerrilla artist rising from the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico to create an outdoor mural and altar honoring victims and family members of police brutality.

As the homeless neighbors became the active caretakers of the altar, throughout the next month Caleb and Mia constructed the next segment of the project, Our Built City: Transforming the Red Poppy Art House into Sculptural Housing. The surrounding community was invited to assist in the creation of an exterior miniature city installation that simultaneously serves as a “functional” shelter. The cityscape was built out of recycled materials throughout a series of workshops, which took take place during the weeks leading up to the June MAPP. The piece addressed the culminating tensions between race, class, ownership, authenticity, and cultural expression as seen unfold on our corner of 23rd & Folsom.

Our Built City 2

During the June MAPP, the project included the symbolic burial of community members that took turns positioning their bodies into a hole in the center of the Poppy’s floor. This social sculpture reflected how the new Mission is being built on top of lives and histories that go unseen below. Artist Luliliana Herrera and Francisco Herrera, lead a song and ritual performance inviting the public to feel the earth underneath the Red Poppy’s wooden floors acknowledging the histories residing underneath architectural structures.

Learn more about This Is My Home:

Mission Local
The Guardian
SF Gate