To organize the community around Young Community Developers’ (YCD) goal of galvanizing 100 Black property owners to support more affordable housing, we facilitated storytelling workshops in 2019. The community leaders and other storytelling workshop participants developed three main themes – Legacy, Homecoming, and Knowledge – and a local filmmaker wove them into a short video which is now featured on YCD’s homepage. The storytelling workshop and resulting video has resulted in a local developer expressing interest in building housing for Black teachers in the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco.
Building on the community storytelling work with YCD, and as part of our Artists in Residency with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), we produced “City is Alive” a one-night, online and in-person event with interactive film projections and live-streamed hip hop concert on Egbert Avenue to support on-going community initiatives and small businesses of the Bayview during COVID-19. “City is Alive” featured stories of murals depicting everyday heroes who have fought for resources and brought joy to the Black community.