Photo: Conni McKenzie
Jo Kreiter stands arm in arm with some of the girls from this year’s GirlFly group Photo: Brechin Flournoy
Writing as activism leader Wei Ming Dariotis Photo: Brechin Flournoy
GirlFly July 29th performance in Bridgeview and Quesada Gardens
Images by Brechin Flournoy
In June and July Quesada Gardens organized and hosted several volunteer groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Good Eggs, Youth Conservation Corps, Bloomburg and ARC of San Francisco.
These groups, organized by our tireless-but-probably-exhausted Co-Chairperson Shane King, help to keep our garden tended and weeded. Carlos John Davila and Co-Chairperson Craig Cannon led groups, helping direct the workers and organize the game plan.
Joel and Mary McClure, as they have for years, directed volunteers at the Bridgeview Teaching and Learning Garden, a project they maintain.
Neighbors Carlos Davila and his daughter Meah, Wei Ming Dariotis and Hussain Abdulhaqq, Tai Tran and Mark Philpot, Jeffrey Betcher, Maxine Kraemer, and Rithy Chan are just some of the neighbors who have been working very hard to make the garden beautiful and welcoming. Thank you everyone. And I’m sorry if I missed anyone, I’m not ALWAYS watching!!
Please enjoy some photos from the volunteer groups and from some neighbors working in the garden.
This year’s GIRLFLY poses on the Quesada Gardens’ Tiled Steps located at the Newhall end of Quesada Avenue
Photo by Megan Lowe
Have you seen young women dancing in the Quesada or Bridgeview gardens? It’s that time again! GIRLFLY is creating a site specific dance and studying writing as activism here in our neighborhood during July. You may see them practicing in the gardens, Tuesdays through Fridays.GIRLFLY and Quesada Gardens have been collaborating since 2013.
GIRLFLY brings neighborhood and neighboring teen girls to the gardens to make site specific dances, to learn from the community building that has gone on here, and to deepen the neighbor to neighbor activism that has blossomed here along with the gardens. Our long time ally and partner Jeffrey Betcher has been front and center in making this partnership a success.
This year we are making dances that explore both diversity and support in and around the Bridgeview Garden, on the long tile steps at the Newhall end of Quesada, and in locations on the Quesada Gardens’ median. We are also enacting a writing-as-activism project led by SF State ethnic studies professor and QG neighbor Wei Ming Dariotis.
We have 19 girls ready to dance and make a difference. Come see their performances in the gardens on July 29th at noon and two PM. www.flyawayproductions.com