Category Archives: Heritage Months

Compositions: A San Francisco Filipino American Experience

Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
Ocean Campus
March 4-October 13, 2016
Library Hours
Please Join us for a reception! 
 Thursday, October 13, 12 noon-2:00 pm
 Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery
 2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library, City College Ocean Campus
 Meet Janet Alvarado and learn more about the work of her father,
 Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado
 Light refreshments, Free
Event co-Sponsored by School of Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies, TULAY-The Filipino american Student Success Program, Pilipinos for Education Art Culture and Empowerment (PEACE) and the Multicultural Retention Center.
The reception is co-produced by the Alvarado Project.

Compositions: A San Francisco Filipino American Experience is curated by Janet Alvarado. Black and white photographs taken by Alvarado’s father, Ricardo Ocreto Alavarado, fill the Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg Library. Ricardo Alvarado documented the Filipino American community in San Francisco during the 1940s and 1950s. Photographs of family gatherings, house parties, street scenes, musical and social events were taken south of Market, on Bernal Heights, in the Western Addition, the Fillmore District, at the Alemany Farmers Market and in the Presidio. The photographer’s warm and observant eye captured a rich, engaged community spread across San Francisco. Commentary from well-known Filipino Americans—Emil Guillermo and musician/composer/educator Melecio Magdaluyo among them, describe the community that Ricardo Alvarado photographed.  An accompanying anthology, Claiming Our Stories, now in the CCSF Library collection, includes essays by contemporary Filipino American writers Oscar Peneranda, Guilo Sorro, Emil Guillermo, Janet Alvarado and others who describe the city’s rich cultural history and contributions Filipinos have made to the community.

Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado took over 3,000. Compositions is Janet Alvarado’s second curatorial project highlighting and contextualizing her father’s work.

Learn more about the Alvarado Project here.

Download: Assignment and Resources for Compositions


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Spring 2016 Library Exhibitions

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Also on display at the Mission Campus:
Race and Place, Architectures of Segregation and Liberation


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March 11, 2016 · 1:14 am

¡Huelga! 50 Year Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike

May 5, 2015-February 4, 2016
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On September 8, 1965 the landmark Delano Grape Strike was launched. Filipino workers in the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and Mexican workers led by Cesar Chavez in the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) came together to fight for better wages and working conditions in the fields, eventually forming the powerful United Farm Workers (UFW). Over the next five years workers were blacklisted, brutally beaten and jailed, yet a national boycott was launched, and a remarkable pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento was undertaken.

In 1970, the UFW emerged victorious, winning three-year contracts with the Delano growers that created a hiring hall, increased wages, established employer contributions to the UFW pension and healthcare funds, and formed a committee to regulate pesticide use.

Check out these Library Resources and this exhibition assignment!
Includes Films on Demand.

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A Collaboration with the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University:

The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center is open to the public and holds more than 6,000 feet of primary source material, predominantly from the 20th century. The Labor Archives collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.

Labor Archives and Research Center | J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132. (415) 405-5571 | | | Hours: Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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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.” A collaboration with MEChX de
CCSF. Gracias a Lalo Gonzalez.


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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

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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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Our American Stories: Asian American Artists Illuminate History, Culture and Identity

2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Ocean Campus

Location and Hours

Artists: Susan Almazol, Salma Arastu, Jung Ran Bae, MalPina Chan, Karen Chew, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Nancy Hom, MariNaomi, Pallavi Sharma, Roger Shimomura, Scott Tsuchitani.

                           Aspects of the Journey by MalPina Chandetail
Aspects of the Journey by MalPina Chan

Why have an exhibition of Asian American Artists depicting their American stories? After all, are we not all citizens of the United States with more commonalities than differences?  The answer is yes and no.

A large portion of the San Francisco County population – 34.2% identify themselves as Asian and that does not include interracial residents.* The significance of the diverse Asian American cultures in our country’s melting pot is not often acknowledged. Some Asian ethnic groups have been here for 4 or 5 generations yet little is known about their history and how they shaped our country. Others are recent immigrants just settling into their new land. Many Asian Americans know little about one anothers’ stories.

Often who we are is based on preconceived notions like names, appearances, and accents. A young girl asks if I am Chinese, I reply, “No I am Japanese American” to which she says, “Oh sorry. What’s the difference anyway?” A restaurant owner guesses I am Filipino. A telephone telemarketer says “Oh you speak good English,” when he hears my Japanese last name.

This exhibition provides the viewer a way to gain deeper insights through the power of art.

Each artist chose a visual story that is significant to his or her history, culture and identity. Masters of their chosen media from glass to paint to book arts, printmaking and assemblage, their compelling expertise and strength of their voice is evident.

To give a story and to receive a story is an exquisite gift to be savored, remembered and passed on to others. You’re invited to write a short version of your story here, click on “Leave a comment” below.

Guest Curator: Judy Shintani, Narrator of Culture

Click here for Library resources on Asian American Art and Artists and for the Library Exhibition Assignment

Special Event, Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Viewing: 5:30-6:30 pm
Artists’ Panel: 6:30-7:30
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor

Lola by Susan Almazol   Kimono by Reiko Fujii American Guardian by Roger Shimomura Grand Mas by Salma Arastu Carry-On  by Pallavi Sharma Artist MariNaomi

Supported by The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Participant in the United States of Asian America Festival 2014 – “The Spaces Between”

Mandala by NancyHom

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A Show of Power: Africans and African Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy

3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco
Location and Hours

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What is power? Some of us imagined having superpowers as children. Maybe it was the power to fly, deflect bullets, or climb walls. Was your power super-strength triggered by rage, or invisibility?
Did you visit new worlds through play? Remember how the blankets and pillows become a rocky terrain where your action figures went on adventures, fighting monsters and evil villains? There was power in creating your own stories, but how often did you see yourself in those stories?
Wearing the masks and costumes of our favorite superheroes took us outside of ourselves. We experienced worlds where good usually triumphed over evil. Sometimes, those worlds paralleled our own. When authentic Black characters appear in fantastic stories or possess amazing powers, they resonate with Black audiences. They also honor our history of achievement and overcoming discrimination, exclusion and racism in the U.S. and aborad.
This exhibition showcases the positive shift in popular culture where a growing number of Blacks use their powers to create and publish their own art and stories. It also celebrates how Blacks continue to inspire and influence the images and stories created by others.
Eugene Randolph Young,
Guest Curator
                                                                                            Koi Asagi “Freckles”
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