Alfie Macias Music Production & Percussion Spring 2012
Alfie teaches Afro-Brazilian drumming and percussion ensemble. He has studied and performed with noted percussionists, Gamo Paz and Jorge Alabe from Brazil, and locally with Carlos Aceituno, Zeke Neally and Kwaku Dady as well as ensembles including Aguas de Bahia and Fogo Na Roupa. He is an accomplished salsa dance instructor and also teaches with Loco Bloco, the San Francisco Arts Education Project and Project Avary, a summer arts camp for at-risk youth. Alfie is also the musical director of both Loco Bloco & the dance company Sambaxé. He and his drumming students regularly collaborate with Sambaxé. Alfie has been with Out of Site for three years. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Amanda Vigil Digital Media / Video Fall 2012
Amanda is a San Francisco bay area born and raised film maker / media educator. Amanda receive her BFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and since then has moved back to the bay working at June Jordan School for Equity and at Out of Site loving every minute of it!
Craig Hollow Architecture & Public Art Fall 2012
Craig taught at Out of Site for the first time in the Spring of 2012, leading the final design/build phase of the Mama Arts Café parklet in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.
A designer at Sagan Piechota Architecture in San Francisco, Craig studied architecture at the University of Washington after working eight years as an artist-blacksmith in Seattle, Washington. Formerly a director of Smoke Farm, a non-profit arts and education experiment on a 360-acre farm near Seattle, managing habitat restoration projects and founding its annual summer arts festival, Craig is an internationally certified Passive House Designer and a co-chair of Passive House California. With a decade of experience as both a designer and builder, Craig’s projects include grass-roots community design/build projects, custom houses, restaurants and cafés, and large public architectural projects.
Imin Yeh Printmaking Fall 2012
Imin creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. She is a recipient of a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art supported by the Irvine Foundation, 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2010 Irvine Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Art Center and awarded a 2 x 2 Solos exhibition at ProArts Gallery in 2010. She received a 2009 Barclay Simpson MFA Award (2009), the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008) and the Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship in 2007. She has had recent residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Montalvo Art Center (CA) and Mission Grafica (CA). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had shown her work at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts Gallery in Oakland, 18 Reasons, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She has an upcoming project at the Zero1 Biennal and at Intersection for the Arts. She has just finished running a year-long fake contemporary art space called SpaceBi (www.spacebi.org) that takes place in the Asian Art Museum, though she has never exhibited at the Asian Art Museum.
Katherin Canton Black & White Photography Fall 2011
Kathy recently graduated from the California College of the Arts with a major in Community Studies. She is currently the youngest member of the arts organization, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, in Oakland. She is an alumna of Out of Site and of Lowell High School. As a student at Out of Site she took photography, printmaking and other visual arts classes. She became a teaching assistant for photography, and joined the youth advisory board during high school. During her senior year of high school and freshman year of college, she was an administrative assistant at Out of Site, and mentored the youth advisory board.
Maggie Preston Black & White Photography Fall 2011
Maggie is a native Northern Californian who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts, and has taught at Out of Site since 2009. She has exhibited her photo-based artwork at many galleries and non-profit institutions including SF Camerawork, Queen’s Nails Projects, Houston Center for Photography, Ampersand International Arts and the SF Arts Commission Gallery. She is currently an artist-in-residence at RayKo Photo Center.
Saria Idana Poetry to Performance: Writing & Acting Fall 2012
Saria is a theater, literary and music artist, committed to freedom of expression as a means to develop action, connection, and intimacy. Her solo theater show HOMELESS IN HOMELAND incorporates poetry with 17 character monologues and 7 forms of dance. The show has been performed at theater venues, festivals and colleges on both east and west coasts and has received praise for both its interdisciplinary nature and capacity to compassionately tackle the complicated topics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and of urban Jewish American identity. It will be presented next on November 17th and 18th at La Pena in Berkeley. Saria has worked with theater and dance companies in New York and Los Angeles including La Mama ETC, WE GOT ISSUES, Great Leap, Contra-Tiempo and the Moving Torah Company. Her poetry has been featured in print and on audio compilations. Her album of original poetry and music compositions about Jewish identity and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was released in July of 2012.
Saria has been an arts educator for thirteen years, teaching dance, theater poetry and music in diverse environments including elementary schools, youth detention centers and colleges. Her Poetry to Performance workshops were facilitated for 3 years at Art Share Los Angeles. She has also done short Poetry to Performance Intensives as an artist in residence at UCLA, San Francisco’s public arts high school (SOTA) and at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. She is continually inspired by the fly poet/performers she has the privilege of guiding through the journey of writing and performative articulation. www.sariaidana.com
Mark Weiner Music Production & Percussion Spring 2012
Mark has been teaching high school classes since he was in high school. As a teenager he interned and eventually worked for a non-profit specializing in health education & harm reduction. After going away for college, he continued on with the same organization becoming the head educator, and eventually was put in charge of running a teen center for Peninsula High School in San Bruno. He is also an active musician/producer/recording artist in the bay area. He enjoys helping young people foster a passion for the arts.
Raffaella Falchi Architecture & Public Art Fall 2011
Raffaella teaches architecture and dance, has been the program manager, and is now the Program Director at Out of Site. She received a Master of Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA), and first came to Out of Site as a Community Student Fellow from the Center of Art and Public Life at CCA. She received her B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Art from UC Berkeley. She has taught in the Cornerstone Architectural Program in Oakland working with youth out of Juvenile Hall. In the summer 2007, she received a fellowship from CCA and worked with the favela community of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro under the Brazilian architect Jorge Mario Jauregui and his Favela/Barrio project. She is the Artistic Director and founder of Sambaxé Dance Company which offers dance classes, performances and costume design. Her samba class was also awarded Best of the Bay 2004. She speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Freddy Gutiérrez Acting Fall 2011
Freddy is a theater artist and poet. As he is finishing his degree at the University of San Francisco in the Performing Arts and Social Justice department, he has developed an original theater performance with a group of men in the SF Jail under the auspices of the Sheriff’s Department. He has performed in stage readings and productions at Intersection for the Arts, Brava Theater, and with the Theater of the Oppressed. He has been an artist-in-residence with Community Works, and has taught at Oakland Tech High School as a teaching artist with Opera Piccola. Additionally, he is a poet mentor at Youth Speaks. Freddy is bilingual in English and Spanish.