Mission Greenbelt Headquarters
Amber Hasselbring

November 10 - December 27, 2007
SFAC Gallery, Main Gallery

A multifaceted project by local artist/activist Amber Hasselbring that intends to mobilize The Mission neighborhood to create a new greenbelt formed out of privately maintained sidewalk gardens.
Co-curated with the Gallery Staff.

Mission Greenbelt Headquarters initiates a new SFAC Gallery exhibition series, Winter Workshop, which is designed to support artists engaged in the creation of long-term projects through providing space, administrative support and funding at an intermediary stage of the generative process. After a call for submissions, the staff of the SFAC Gallery chose Amber Hasselbring’s community-based urban earth artwork project, The Mission Greenbelt.

About the Project: The Mission Greenbelt project will inspire and enable San Franciscans to begin growing an urban earth artwork. The Greenbelt will consist of neighboring native plant sidewalk gardens in front of homes, apartment buildings, storefronts and schools between Franklin Square Park and Dolores Park. In addition to improving the environment and creating a habitat for birds, insects, reptiles and small mammals, the project will unite and strengthen a community. From November 10 to December 22, 2007 the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery transforms into Headquarters for the Mission Greenbelt Public Awareness Campaign. Headquarters is the central meeting place for Mission Greenbelt researching and campaigning. Headquarters also hosts a multi-media art installation, free public events and hands-on workshops. Visitors of all ages are invited to visit Headquarters and join in the effort to create a new San Francisco Greenbelt. There is a Native Plant Demonstration Garden in front of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery which is made possible through a partnership with Nature in City’s Education & Stewardship Committee.

Campaign Kick-off with Special Guest Speakers: Mark Sanchez, Kevin Danaher, Rachel Carson, Josiah Clark, Isaac Amala, Katina Papson Thursday, November 15, 5 – 8 pm Hands-on Sidewalk Landscaping & Permitting Workshop: Saturday, November 17, 12 – 3 pm

Bus Tour & Youth Planting Day Saturday, December 1, 12:00-3:00pmMeet at Headquarters, and climb on board the veggie fuel powered bus with Jens-Peter Jungclaussen, the teacher with the bus and Amber Hasselbring, the artist behind the Mission Greenbelt project. San Francisco youth and their parents are treated to a free, guided tour of the Mission Greenbelt. If you’re under 18, be sure to bring an adult. *Plan to stop along the route for a taco lunch and help to design & plan the first native plant garden along the Mission Greenbelt!

Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch Thursday, December 6, 12 - 1 pm Bring your lunch to Headquarters and learn more about the Mission Greenbelt project from artist Amber Hasselbring.

Native Plants for Sale Friday, December 7, 12-3 pm Rachel Kesel will sell native plants for a $7 donation. The plants are courtesy of Greg Gaar at the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center & Native Plant Nursery.

Mission Greenbelt Walking Tour with Sidewalk Chalk Saturday, December 8, 1:00 pm Meet at 19th and Dolores and walk the route of the proposed Mission Greenbelt. Along the way, we'll draw the garden plots onto the sidewalks with chalk and take photographs of our creations. *This project is supported through collaborations with Steven Leiber, Presley Martin, The Nature in the City Education/Stewardship Committee, Satoru Nihei and World Savvy.
Mission Greenbelt Bike Tour with Rachel Kesel Saturday, December 15, 2:30 pm Meet at 19th and Dolores for a bike tour led by Rachel Kesel and Amber Hasselbring. Rachel will show us some spots to plant native plants along the way and Amber will discuss why she's selected this route for the Greenbelt.
Mission Greenbelt Sound-scape Tour Saturday, December 22, 1:00 pm Meet at 19th and Dolores and walk the route of the proposed Mission Greenbelt. At the exhibition are field recordings made during three walks, sunrise, mid-day and sunset. We will walk the route together in silence and observe/record what we hear and imagine what new sounds we'll hear once the Greenbelt is built.
More Information on the Mission Greenbelt
Sidewalk Landscaping Permit Information
Special Thanks to Plant*SF *some images on this blog were taken of Jane Martin's Plant*SF sidewalk gardens and landscape projects found throughout the city.