We The Arts: Civic Engagement Through Art is an ArtsEd4All project taking place from June 12 – July 4, 2022, in celebration of Civic Season 2022.

From Juneteenth to the 4th of July, we invite you to participate in the second annual #CivicSeason through self-guided public art visits in San Francisco, as well as in-person and online events that invite civic engagement through the arts. We’re teaming up with hundreds of history museums and sites across the country through @HistoryMadeByUs, in partnership with the next generation shaping our democracy to launch a new tradition that makes room for all of our stories – and write the next chapter together.

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT in Golden Gate Park

FREE Sunday, JUNE 12, 2022, 10 am – 5 pm, Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park

The National AIDS Memorial will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park that will feature nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt. https://www.aidsmemorial.org/quilt35

An opening ceremony and traditional Quilt unfolding will start at 9:30 am on the 11th, followed by the continuous reading of names of lives lost to AIDS aloud by volunteers, dignitaries, and the public on both days.  There will be a closing ceremony at 4:00 pm on Sunday the 12th where newly made panels will be presented to be added to the Quilt.

How to Make a Panel For The Quilt https://www.aidsmemorial.org/make-a-panel

FILM: A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks

FREE Online Screening – Sunday, JUNE 12 – Monday, JULY 4, 2022

A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic, and social equality as seen through the lens of Gordon Parks, one of America’s most trailblazing artists, and the generation of young photographers, filmmakers, and activists he inspired.

Directed by John Maggio; Produced by Monica Berra, Richard Lowe, George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Matthew Henderson; Executive Produced by Alicia Keys, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jelani Cobb, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt, Sr., Peter Kunhardt, Jr.

JUNETEENTH Celebration in the Healdsburg Plaza

FREE Sunday, JUNE 19, 2022, 11 am – 4 pm, Healdsburg

Make your own Juneteenth flag in the arts and crafts area in the plaza and learn about the symbolism of the Juneteenth flag created in 1997.

Juneteenth Celebration in the Healdsburg Plaza with Willie Jones III Quintet, MJ’s Brass Boppers, the Curtis Family C-notes, poets Enid Pickett and Kamau Daáood, KCSM’s Greg Bridges, educational areas, vendors and more. 11am-4pm. FREE EVENT

Presented in partnership with Healdsburg Community Services Department

Juneteenth is the African American celebration of liberation 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Soon after the end of the Civil War, black communities throughout the nation celebrated independence every June 19th with gatherings, delicious food, and of course good music. Healdsburg Jazz is proud to present a diverse range of music, art, culture and education in honor of this holiday, free to the public, in the Healdsburg Plaza.

SAN FRANCISCO: “The City Is The Campus”

Anytime in-person FREE exploration of San Francisco public art with online resources.

“San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.”

– William Saroyan.

San Francisco is home to one of the largest and most diverse public art collections in the country. All city residents, workers and visitors have access to world-class art in everyday settings. We’ve gathered some resources to introduce you to some of the most engaging public art that San Francisco has to offer.

  • San Francisco CIty Hall
  • Illuminate SF
  • Rammaytush Language walk on King Street
  • Pan American Unity Mural by Diego Rivera at SFMOMA
  • Chinatown’s Public Art
  • Ruth Asawa Public Art Tour
  • Public Art at San Francisco Hospitals
  • Angel Island
  • Aquatic Park Historic District

Revitalized traditions are core to democracy

Juneteenth. July 4th. Pride month. The 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. These celebrations are “made by us” – people joining together to acknowledge our complex past, strengthen our present and build our future. They’re moments that give meaning to our action, unite our national narrative and help us find our place in the story.

Young adults are setting the agenda for America’s future. As they’re stepping into active citizenship, they’re calling for a more complete understanding of “how we got here.” History museums have resources and expertise to meet this curiosity with credibility, inspiring and informing these future builders of our nation. Made By Us, a coalition of 120+ institutions nationwide, is the engine driving this connection, bringing history directly to dorm rooms, devices and dinner tables. The Civic Season is the flagship program from Made By Us.

This #CivicSeason, celebrate what you stand for, and shape what our country becomes.

Get started: TheCivicSeason.com