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If Superpowers Could Save My Community

1/06/18 - 4/05/2018

Main Library

African American Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor

100 Larkin St.

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.

Upcoming Events

Added Value: An Alternative Book Sale
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am
Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA),
Art + Architecture at SFMOMA
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 12:30 pm
SFMOMA Haas, Jr. Atrium ,
Added Value: An Alternative Book Sale
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA),

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Upcoming Classes

Papel Picado & Tissue Paper Flowers
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00 pm
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room
Mission Murals Tour
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00 pm
Mission, Mission General Floor Area
T(w)een Cuisine: Mexican Hot Chocolate
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4:30 pm
Anza, Anza Meeting Room

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Current Exhibits

The Gravity of Today:
Through Sunday, October 21, 2018
Main Library, Jewett Gallery
Portals: A Group Show of Speculative Fictions
Through Thursday, December 13, 2018
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center Exhibit Space
Collapsing of the Axes
Through Thursday, November 29, 2018
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center