If Superpowers Could Save My Community

Comic book covers by incarcerated youth
Event detail

The African American Center presents, If Superpowers Could Save My Community. Part of the Black Comix Arts Festival, these comic book covers were drawn by incarcerated youth in SF Juvenile Hall.

In 2015, Duane Deterville and Aerosoul Arts founder Refa 1 worked as teaching artists in a San Francisco juvenile corrections facility. One of the projects was a series of comic book covers where incarcerated youth imagined superheroes that looked like them, and were endowed with the abilities to eradicate the social toxins in their respective communities. 

The comic cover titled Ghetto Stories was the only one conceived of with a character that didn’t have super-powers. The idea behind that cover was that its main character is a deep thinker who contemplates the plight of his community.

Aerosoul Arts teaches youth how to envision their environment as a place where they have autonomy to express themselves, and choose their own destinies in culturally safe spaces. 

In each instance the characters reveal not just the fertile imaginations of the youth, but also what their main concerns are for what troubles their communities.


Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop
星期三, 2018年9月26日, 3:30 pm
Excelsior 分館, Excelsior 分館會議室
Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers (VIVA)
星期三, 2018年9月26日, 3:30 pm
Chinatown 華埠分館, 華埠分館會議室
Rincon Literario
星期三, 2018年9月26日, 6:00 pm
Main 總圖書館, Martin Paley 會議室



Papel Picado & Tissue Paper Flowers
星期六, 2018年10月6日, 2:00 pm
North Beach 分館, North Beach分館
Mission Murals Tour
星期六, 2018年10月6日, 2:00 pm
Mission 分館, Mission 公眾範圍
T(w)een Cuisine: Mexican Hot Chocolate
星期二, 2018年10月9日, 4:30 pm
Anza 分館 , Anza分館會議室



The Gravity of Today:
至 星期日, 2018年10月21日
Main 總圖書館, Jewett 畫廊
Portals: A Group Show of Speculative Fictions
至 星期四, 2018年12月13日
Main 總圖書館, 同性戀中心
Collapsing of the Axes
至 星期四, 2018年11月29日
Main 總圖書館, 藝術、音樂及娛樂展覽中心