Emael, the curator of the upcoming exhibit “Celebrate San Francisco,” helped construct the gallery event, which starts Sept. 9, at the Mission Cultural Center. The pilot project is focused on two issues: How San Franciscans are celebrating the human experience present day, and what innovations are being developed in local communities and industries that can be replicated on a broader scale.
What inspired this project? I was invited by the Mission Cultural Center to put something together, and I decided I wanted to focus on the work of the people who I have come to know in the last 12 years.
How many installations will be at the exhibit? There are 20 installations and there are between 32 and 36 artists.
What makes this exhibit unique? It’s multidimensional, multigenerational and multicultural. I personally have not been a part of a project that has been this diverse and showcases what San Francisco is all about.
What are some of the highlights? We have an architect who is greening areas of pavement that have not seen light or freshwater in ages. We also have a project that uses social media to get stories out that inspire people. Part of the program includes some fashion shows and an eco-friendly dinner that will educate people about the importance of locally produced food.