Black and Brown Lives Matter

Alex NietoEric GArner sign  Through April, See the work of Oree Originol in the
Reference Case on the 4th Floor in the Rosenberg Library,
next to the “New Books.”


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2015 Library Exhibitions

LIbrary Exhibitions 2015

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April 15, 2015 · 10:20 pm

Coming Soon, Chinatown North Beach Center Exhibition

June 12-August 29, 2016
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An artist from the Present Tense exhibition at the Visual Art Center of the Chinese Culture Foundation will install their work at the Chinatown North Beach Center. Present Tense features Artists of Asian descent currently enrolled in MFA Studio ART programs at colleges in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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At the John Adams Center Library

From the Loom: Tapestries and Weavings
By John Adams Center Students

March 16-May 8, 2015
Click here for location and hours

City College students in the weaving and tapestry classes in the Fashion Department at the John Adams Center have filled the library with more than fifty works. Instructors for these classes are Deborah Corsini and Janice Sullivan. Sign up for a class!

Weaving 1        Weaving 5
Weaving 4 Weaving 2 Weaving 3

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Library Stair Poem

This stair poem, which soars four floors up through the Rosenberg Library’s atrium is read from bottom to top by thousands of members of the College community everyday. The poem accompanies the Project Survive Exhibition. All thirteen quotes come from testimonials by Peer Educators of Project Survive. Traci Wrycza, Project Survive exhibition designer also designed the stair quotes. The idea for the stair poem was inspired by the Chimurenga Library Project at the San Francisco Public Library and resonates with the Groundswell Stairway Project, created by Leslie Simon.

Top Stairs Poem Bottom Stairs Poem 2

Roll back up to read the way students ascending the stairs do!

For more information contact Kate Connell,
Curator, Library Exhibition Program,  kconnell (at) ccsf dot edu

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How We Play: Circus Acrobatics, Breakin’ & Capoeira

October 24, 2014-May 1, 2015
3rd and 4th Floors, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

Breakin' in Zanzibar

Play is essential to all of our development and to our sense of well being. In this exhibition, Guest Curator Jarrel Phillips explores the concept of play as taught in City College of San Francisco’s Child and Family Development Department. He looks at the practice of circus arts, breakin’/break dancing and of Capoeira, the Brazilian form that is part dance, part martial art.

Guest Curataor: Jarrel Phillips
Designer: Christine Ferrer
Hand Lettering: Jian Giannini

Zanzibar solo

by Jarrel Phillips

Some things we are just born knowing. No one taught you how to breath, sleep, digest, eat, laugh, or acquire language. We know why we do them and can easily correlate values and benefits to each but we don’t know how we are able to perform these functions. I would like to add “PLAY,” to this list of phenomenon. PLAY, in its purest form, extends beyond the innate intelligence of our biological processes raising two puzzling questions: ‘How?’ and ‘Why’? Why are we born with this ability? And, why do some of us stop PLAYing as we get older… or do we really?

Studies show that PLAY is paramount to the development of young children. The lack of it can be the catalyst to many social, physical, and cognitive disorders throughout childhood, adolescence and even adulthood. Research has proven that play is the way children learn about the world around them. Now as an adult, I find myself asking, does PLAY serve a purpose outside of our childhood and adolescence?

It is no exaggeration to state that play is fundamental part of my life. And with 13 years of experience as a teacher, I have spent most of my days with the master PLAYers I call kids and young people. From the San Francisco Bay Area to East Africa and beyond, my interactions with children range from homework assistance, to outside supervision, to basketball coaching, circus acrobatics, and, of course, Capoeira. I get to have fun all day.

The purpose of this exhibition is to show how PLAY takes shape in our lives. Through the personal and cultural experiences of children, adults, artists and scholars, this exhibition explores the existence and signicance of PLAY beyond childhood to adulthood; the stage of life where society often deems play unnecessary. However,

PLAY is all around us. It is a lifestyle. HOW WE PLAY—IS HOW WE LIVE. 

Download How We Play a list of library resources on play and the exhibition assignment


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Project SURVIVE: 1994-2014

October 10, 2014-April 24, 2015
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Library Hours

Come Celebrate International Women’s History Month
Join us for the Project SURVIVE 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Wednesday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm, 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Juana Alicia: Artist and Activist Talk
Thursday, March 26, 1:00-2:00 pm, Room 305, 3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library

Project SURVIVE, a peer education program at City College of San Francisco, addresses the problem of sexual and intimate partner violence among City College students. Even though the problem disproportionately affects women, the program addresses the needs of all survivors, no matter their gender or gender identification. Peer educators facilitate classroom presentations promoting healthy relationships and also organize campus wide-events. The coordinator offers resources and referrals to survivors. A complementary non-credit self-defense class amplifies the empowerment model on which the program is built.

Artist: Juana Alicia
Detail, La Llorona Mural by Juana Alicia

Students become peer educators by enrolling in two courses: WOMN 54, “The Politics of Sexual Violence” and WOMN 55, “Ending Sexual Violence: Peer Education.” Students may also become eligible for the Sexual Health Educator Certificate.
Project SURVIVE holds to the principle that violence is a public health problem that can be alleviated, in part, through prevention education. The most empowering aspect of Project SURVIVE is that students deliver solutions to their peers in frank, open discussions. They approach the subject in a non-threatening, hopeful manner. Audiences are always receptive and often enthusiastic. Evaluations indicate that students appreciate learning from peers–people they can identify with and trust.

Ni Una Mas Dresses at Stanford University
         Ni Una Más Project on Display at Stanford University

During our first official year, 1994-1995, one peer educator and the Project SURVIVE coordinator facilitated 60 classroom workshops serving 1,100 students. Twenty years later, 25 peer educators facilitate nearly 400 classroom workshops annually, serving 6,500 students. In the first year of the Sexual Health Educator Certificate, we awarded two students certificates. Now we typically award 15-17 students certificates each year. Many of the performances, installations, and other productions listed on the timeline (in the case across from this one) have become annual events.
In addition to presentations in English, we deliver bilingual Spanish-English presentations at the Mission Campus and bilingual Chinese-English presentations at the Chinatown campus.
Project SURVIVE is a member of the Expect Respect SF collaborative, a group of San Francisco rape and intimate partner violence intervention and prevention programs. Other member organizations include SF Women Against Rape, SFLGBT Speakers Bureau, W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Young Asian Women Against Violence, The Riley Center, La Casa de las Madres, Health Initiatives for Youth, Shalom Bayit and Planned Parenthood. The collaborative works to promote healthy and violence-free dating among all youth through youth-centered, culturally sensitive education. We give healthy relationship workshops to all SFUSD 9th grade Health Education classes every academic year.
Leslie Simon
Project SURVIVE Founder and Coordinator

Click to Access the Project SURVIVE Assignment and List of Resources

The Project Survive exhibition was curated by Kate Connell, Leslie Simon and Amber Straus and designed by Traci Wrycza.

For more information contact Kate Connell,
Curator, Library Exhibition Program at kconnell (at) ccsf (dot) edu.


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