Our Built City: Transforming the Red Poppy Art House into “Sculptural Housing”

Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 1pm – 10pm | free admission

EDELO Our Built CityThe Red Poppy Art House collaborates with EDELO ‘En Donde Era La ONU’ and the community for the inauguration of Our Built City: Transforming the Red Poppy Art House into “Sculptural Housing”. As part of the programming for the June 6th MAPP, the Art House will transform into a five-hour sculptural performance throughout the evening to address the culminating tensions between race, class, ownership, authenticity, and cultural expression as seen unfold on our corner of 23rd & Folsom.

Curated by EDELO (Caleb Duarte & Mia Eve Rollow), the evening will feature sculptural performances by Adrian Arias, Sebastian Alvares, Ramiro Martinez, Meres-Sia Gabriel, and Ben Baker, plus special musical guest Freddy Flowpez and more.

The Red Poppy Art House invites the community to assist in the creation of an exterior miniature city installation that simultaneously serves as a “functional” shelter. The cityscape will be built out of recycled materials throughout a series of workshops, which will take place during the weeks leading up to the MAPP. Workshop hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm at the Poppy. For more information on the workshop, email info@redpoppyarthouse.org or call 650-731-5383. All events are free and anyone is welcome to participate.

1:00pm – 6:00pm: Construction of Houses / Family Art
6:00pm – 10:00pm: Performances
Details TBA.

Learn more about EDELO and its founders here.

More about the MAPP: Community Engaged Arts Presenting

Launched in 2003, the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) is a homegrown bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, unruly intercultural happening that takes place in the Mission District of San Francisco. The MAPP has produced over 65 neighborhood-level arts festivals since its inception.

MAPP is not an “art walk.” Instead, it’s a collage of 10-20 odd spaces transformed into micro art centers, focused on intimate artistic and cultural exchange among people. It was founded with some of the same organizational principles as the Red Poppy Art House (which still enthusiastically participates inMAPP as a neighborhood hub) as they both rely on the energy of the surrounding community, and operate with the help of many volunteers. Placing art and performance on the street level, MAPP utilizes such alternative spaces as private garages, gardens, living rooms, studios, street corners, and small businesses. At its heart, the MAPP shows how ordinary spaces can be made extra-ordinary through creative techniques.

The MAPP also beautifully demonstrates how individuals in a community in partnership with one another can create an integrated arts festival that does not require an expansive budget or commercial marketing strategies, but can happen through the inspired efforts of artists and community members working together with a unified and inclusive vision.

Part of the charm of the MAPP is that you never know quite what’s going to happen until you get there! This innovative platform allows serendipitous connections to emerge organically across visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists, community organizers and local residents. However, adopting this platform also means sometimes not all of the most up-to-date information is available ahead of time. The point is to arrive and embrace the adventure. Plus, you’ll get a program (with an actual map) to navigate the event.

The MAPP takes place the first Saturday of the month on a bimonthly basis. It is a free event, which means all locations do not charge cover. And all the performers, artists, organizers and venues create this event out of pure love for the art and community. MAPP is always in need of support and we would love to have your ideas and energy.

For more information or to get involved as a host venue, artist or street-level curator (and curate a space of your own!), please come out to the next MAPPmeeting. For information contact:  info@redpoppyarthouse.org

MAPP Collage