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Kearny Street Workshop Archives (CEMA 33)

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100+ poster prints by Kearny Street Workshop artists

Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is a nonprofit agency in San Francisco, California and the oldest multidisciplinary Asian American arts organization in the United States. Their mission is "to produ.ce and present art that enriches and empowers Asian Pacific American communities."

KSW was established in 1972 as a collective of artists in San Francisco's Chinatown/Manila town neighborhood. The social climate of the time and region played an influential role in shaping the artwork, activism, and community involvement of KSW members.

KSW supports the efforts of Asian Americans in the visual, performance, and literary arts and encourages inter-generational and cross-cultural history. Through local and national collaborations with other arts organizations and cultural communities, KSW provides a forum for Asian American artists to reach a wide, diverse audience. They have developed programs focusing on four areas: adult arts education, next generation arts support and training, multidisciplinary arts presentations, and publications. KSW also offers workshops, classes, and arts management seminars; they produce a Bay Area resource guide for Asian American artists and present works by established and emerging artists. KSW has hosted events such as the The I-Hotel Symposium, Angel Island Immigration Station exhibit, and the annual Asian American Jazz Festival. More information about KSW history, programs, and artists can be found on their web site: http://www.kearnystreet.org.

Only selected items in the collection were digitized. For more information about the archival collection, held in the Special Collections department at the UCSB Library, please visit:
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt62903498.

Sample items from the collection

The poster features a family portrait that includes two women, two young children, and a man wearing a black suit and a red tie. There is a cake with one large candle on the table in front of them. The poster colors are red, yellow, white, blue, and…

The poster features a black/white drawing of a large tree and row houses. There is also a pagoda and a setting sun. The background sky is orange. The text states, "1st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, Sunday, May 19th, 11 am - 6 pm, Post and Buchanan…

The poster features a drawing of a dragon holding a red orb in one of its claws. There are swirls of white clouds below the dragon. The background consists of row houses, a black pagoda, and a yellow sky. The dragon's tail overlaps with a tree…

The poster features an image of lechon, or roasted pig, on a stick hovering above red flames. The lechon is predominantly brown with darker brown/black highlights. The background color is gray. The image is contained within a black border accented by…

The poster features a drawing of a pair of hands, one is white/yellow and the other one black, playing a piano keyboard. The background colors are black and white, with some green. The text states, "Kearny St. Workshop & City Celebration Presents,…

The black and white poster features drawings of people in various scenes. The text states, "4th Annual Hop Jok Fair, Portsmouth Square, Sat. and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm, (and evening indoor performances until 10 pm), performing arts,…