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(re)collection Community Programs

Sept 12 - Oct 27:  A community event series consisting of workshops, scavenger hunts, book club and more. 

Location: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., #109, SF, CA 94103


Twice Around the Block: A Photo Scavenger Hunt in collaboration with 2 blocks of Art
Friday September 28, 4 to 8pm
Friday October 19, 4 to 8pm

Book Club – A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit
Led by Rebeka Rodriguez
October 10, 7-9pm
In collaboration with the SFPL

NERT training
October 24, 6-8pm
In collaboration with the SF Fire Dept

Artists talk
October 27, 2-4pm


Twice Around the Block: A Photo Scavenger Hunt

Friday September 28, 4 to 8pm
Friday October 19, 4 to 8pm
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Location: Kiosk at Mint Plaza, 5th Street between Market and Mission

Explore the sites, memories and histories of our SOMA neighborhood in this interactive photo event. We will provide images, a map and hints, you decipher the clues and match up nostalgic photos of this neighborhood with present day surroundings. Locate where the original photograph was taken, hold up the image and take a new picture. Text, tweet or email us your images, the team or individual who finds and matches up the most photos wins!

Led by Intersections Young Artists Advisory Council.

Inspired by Lost and Found and Dear Photograph, this interactive photo based event is sure to delight and activate.



Book Club: A Paradise Built in Hell

Led by Rebeka Rodriguez
October 10, 7-9pm
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A Paradise Built in Hell explores our need for community and common purpose, which Solnit argues are fundamental to democratic forms of social and political life. Blending reportage and analysis, the book surveys natural and man-made disasters including the ’06 earthquake, the Halifax explosion of 1917, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Sept. 11th attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. Solnit takes a positive view of human behavior showing that disasters can actually create a sense of community and purposefulness. A community’s typical response to catastrophe is self-organization and mutual aid–truly democracy in action–with neighbors and strangers rescuing, feeding and housing each other.

This fall, San Francisco Public Library will be offering a number of discussion groups, films, preparedness workshops and more events on the theme of the book, including a talk with the author on Oct. 11, 2012.



Personal Readiness for a Resilient Community

Wednesday, October 24, 6-8pm
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This workshop will cover what everyone should know to get ready personally, as a business and as a community for a disaster, large or small.  Topics Include:

* Risk Awareness
* Personal Supplies
* Personal Disaster Planning
* NERT Overview
* What is SF SAFE?

The workshop will be led by NERT Program Coordinator, Lt. Erica Arteseros

Erica Arteseros is the Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). Lt. Arteseros joined the Fire Department in December 1997. Since her appointment in March 2004, Arteseros has supervised the training of over 12,200 people in NERT’s disaster preparedness and response classes. In addition, she has expanded the advanced training classes offered to NERT graduates so volunteers can maintain and increase their skill levels.

About NERT
HISTORY: On October 17, 1989, San Francisco experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. The aftermath of such an event and its effect on San Francisco’s residents led to specific action. The San Francisco Fire Department, prompted by the residents in the city, formed the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training Program, which currently provides training in disaster and emergency response. Since 1990 the NERT program has trained more than 21,000 San Francisco residents to be self reliant in a major disaster.

PURPOSE: The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many citizens on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. Our goal is to teach as many San Franciscan’s as possible that, with basic training, they can make a difference in the lives of their families and others when, not if, they are affected by a disaster large or small.


  • Develop self-confidence and peace of mind as you learn practical information and learn hands-on life-saving skills
  • Build community as you develop and share your skills and resources to protect yourself, your family and home, and your neighborhood
  • Create a lifeline between your family and neighbors, and the City’s emergency responders
  • Increase the safety and well-being of your family and neighborhood.

Mission Statement
Beginning with ourselves, we will be prepared and work as an individual or together as emergency response teams to assist our families and neighbors in time of disaster and to be prepared to make decisions that do The Most Good For The Most People.



(re)collection Artists Talk

October 27, 2-4pm
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An exclusive conversation and dialogue with Kevin B. Chen, Intersection’s Program Director for visual arts, and (re)collection artists Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Mayumi Hamanaka, Taro Hattori, Sean McFarland, Kari Orvik and Kelli Yon that will provide insight to the concepts, artistic intentions, and curatorial vision of the current exhibit. There will also be a presentation by a representative from Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a volunteer network of professional photojournalists and amateur digital photographers, graphic designers, image restoration artists and others. OPR’s mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters at no cost to the people who own them.


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