We work with several partner organizations who manage or own the various ceremonial sites that previously were known as Ohlone territory and remain sacred ground. More to come.
Arc Ecology – www.arcecology.org
Arc Ecology is a community-based grassroots organization for peace, environmental responsibility, a compassionate economy, and a just society in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world.
Project: Restoration of Yosemite Slough
A Crissy Field for the South East & Bayview Hunters Point
Photograph of South Basin and mouth of Yosemite Slough today. View is facing south from Hunters Point Shipyard toward Candlestick Point State Recreation Area.
San Francisco is unique in our region for the way greenspace is integrated within the City. Unfortunately, from north to south – the Presidio to McClaren Park – the bulk of the open greenspace occurs outside the eastern shoreline of San Francisco.
This is particularly true of Bayview Hunters Point. The Bayview is San Francisco’s industrial neighborhood. Over the past sixty years, residents of this bayside neighborhood have seen their access to the water restricted, the local State Park downgraded to a recreational area, recreational lands captured for industrial use, and their neighborhood contaminated by toxic pollution.
During the military base closure process, both the Presidio Army Base and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard were closed, but their futures could not be more diametrically apart. The Presidio, located in San Francisco’s north west corner in one of the City’s wealthiest communities, is now a national park where over $20 million was spent rehabilitating its northern shoreline to create the world class Crissy Field Wetland. The Hunters Point Shipyard, located diagonally across from the Presidio on the City’s south eastern shore, is neighbored by San Francisco’s poorest community, the Afro American majority Bayview. The purpose of the Yosemite Slough Restoration Project is to restore the environment and build a little parity between these San Francisco communities through the creation of a world class shoreline park in Bayview Hunters Point.
Toward this end, the Yosemite Slough Restoration Project will:
- Restore the environmental quality and ecology of the South Basin and Yosemite Slough Watershed
- Address the environmental justice/race issues that lead to the current conditions prevailing in the South Basin and Yosemite Slough Watershed
- Create an integrated South Basin Yosemite Slough park encompassing Candlestick State Recreation Area, South Basin, Yosemite Slough and the Southern Shoreline of Hunters Point Shipyard
The Yosemite Slough Restoration Project is a collaboration among several community groups, including Arc Ecology, Alliance for a Clean Water Front, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, Clean Water Fund, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Literacy for Environmental Justice, and the University of San Francisco. Arc Ecology is coordinates the project, which is funded by CALFED.
World Arts West – www.worldartswest.org
World Arts West serves the world, traditional, and folk dance communities of Northern California by presenting and advancing multicultural performing arts. We accomplish this through:
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and its audition process.
People Like Me, an arts education program for grades K–6 modeled after the Festival.
The Community Involvement Initiative, a program designed to raise awareness of the ethnic dance community and its needs.
Special Events: Workshops, symposiums, lecture/demonstrations, special receptions, and master classes.
You can see the large variety of performers who have been a part of our productions by visiting our S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival Dancer pages or by looking through our People Like Me (Arts Education Program) Performer Biographies. (Historical information now available online for 1999-present.)
World Arts West has been presenting and promoting the dance and music traditions of the world for over twenty-five years, creating opportunities for individuals and communities to celebrate, share, and sustain the vitality of ethnic and traditional dance. Our work promotes the importance of cultural heritage for strengthening ethnic identity and community.
Veterans For Peace
Literacy for Environmental Justice – www.lejyouth.org
Founded in 1998 by a coalition of youth, educators, and community leaders, LEJ addresses the ecological and health concerns of Bayview Hunters Point and the surrounding communities of southeast San Francisco.