From the Jazz Age, Harlem of the West, the incarceration of Japanese in WWII to teen activists, “The Spirit of the Fillmore” is a mural that shares the story of the Western Addition. Wrapping around two sides of the Rosa Parks Senior Center, this mural traverses through time and culture, showing the overlapping heritage of the Black, Russian and Asian populations. Not without conflict and drama, this work of public art shows the spirited discussions that happen when a community truly collaborates with artists to tell their story. The film features the work of the Bay Area Mural Program and their talented artists as they go from concept to completion. The film also highlights the community that, since 2014, has been engaged in a process to collectively envision their local park. As an example of this collaboration, the mural is a big step towards building an art filled public venue that respects the residents and builds a path for the future. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do?
Saturday, March 12 2022