SONY DSCI use creativity to build community. My participatory projects create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and catalyze connections between people and communities.

I am the founder of the Neighborhood Postcard Project, a worldwide participatory project that collects personal positive stories from residents in marginalized neighborhoods and sends them out to random local residents to foster community connection. I am also the founder of the League of Creative Interventionists, a worldwide network of people working to build community through creativity. I am also a co-founder of [freespace], a movement to activate underutilized spaces into temporary cultural centers where people can create change in their lives, their communities, and their world.

Previously, I was an Artist-In-Residence at the Makeshift Society, a creative co-working space, where I created a participatory photography project with youth in the marginalized Bayview neighborhood to document their neighborhood through their eyes. Prior to that, I served as Community Manager for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, where I collaborated with local organizations and residents to co-create solutions to civic challenges.

In 2011 I walked from Los Angeles to New Mexico — an experience that continues to fuel my desire to connect and engage with underrepresented communities.

 

// CONNECT //

Get in touch: hf@hunterfranks.com

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// SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS //

2014 Featured Speaker, TEDxGunnHighSchool, Palo Alto, CA

2013 Artist Presentation, Makeshift Society Monthly Mixer, San Francisco, CA

2013 Artist Presentation and Workshop, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco, CA

2013 Panelist, [freespace] Central Market Neighbor Jam, San Francisco, CA

2013 Artist Presentation and Workshop, Tenderloin Boys & Girls Club, San Francisco, CA

 

// HONORS + AWARDS //

2014 The Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council

2014 The GOOD 100, GOOD Magazine

2014 Invest In Neighborhoods Central Market Economic Development and Arts Programs Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA

2013 Collabo­rative Art Project Fellow, San Francisco, CA

2013 Makeshift Society Artist-in-Resident, San Francisco, CA

2013 Awesome Foundation Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA

 

// EXHIBITIONS + PUBLIC ART //

2013 Califas Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2013 Collaborative Art Project, San Francisco, CA

2013 Livable City Sunday Streets, San Francisco, CA

2013 Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA

2013 [freespace], San Francisco, CA

2013 Safer 6th, San Francisco, CA

2012 Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

// EDUCATION //

B.A. Communications and Studio Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR