SONY DSCI 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 underrepresented 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 global network of people working to build community through creativity.

Previously, I was 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. Prior to that, 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. Before 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 people and places.

 

// CONNECT //

Get in touch: hf@hunterfranks.com

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// EXHIBITIONS + PUBLIC ART //

2014 Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

2014 Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Macon Arts Alliance, Macon, GA

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

2013 Sunday Streets, Livable City, San Francisco, CA

2013 Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA

2013 Freespace, San Francisco, CA

 

// HONORS + AWARDS //

2014 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant Recipient

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

2013 Awesome Foundation Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA

 

// SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS //

2014 University of Akron, Akron, OH (upcoming)

2014 Urban Innovation Exchange, Detroit, MI (upcoming)

2014 Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago, IL (upcoming)

2014 Causeway, Chattanooga, TN (watch)

2014 TEDxGunnHighSchool, Palo Alto, CA (watch)

 

// SELECTED PRESS //

Chris Miller, “Visiting artist offers ‘creative intervention’ in Akron,” The Akronist, Aug 8, 2014

Marielle Segarra, “Philly League of Creative Interventionists wants you to talk to strangers,” Keystone Crossroads, Aug 6, 2014

Staff writer, “Return to Sender,” United States Postal Service Official Blog, Aug 4, 2014

Adam Ragusa, “‘Creative Interventionist’ Seeks to Unite Disparate Communities in Macon,” Georgia Public Broadcasting, Mar 12, 2014

Sydney Brownstone, “An Artist’s Quest: To Force Strangers In Cities To Talk To One Another,” Fast Company, Feb 26, 2014

Adele Peters, “The League of Creative Interventionists Wants to Know Who Your First Love Was,” Fast Company, Feb 14, 2014

Jenny Xie, “Postcards From the Neighborhoods You Only Hear About on the News,” The Atlantic Cities, Feb 12, 2014

Sydney Brownstone, “Greetings From An Unfairly Stereotyped ‘Bad’ Neighborhood,” Fast Company, Nov 25, 2013