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Frequently Asked Questions

General
Is the SFUSD Arts Festival the same as Young at Art and/or the San Francisco Youth Arts Festival?
Where and when does the SFUSD Arts Festival take place?
Where is the Asian Art Museum located?
Where is the SFMOMA located?
How may I volunteer for the festival?

Visiting
I would like to come on a field trip with my class. How do I do that?

Events
When are the student performances?
Where are the hands on activities?
When and where is the literary arts event?
When and where is the media arts event

Participation
Who is eligible for particpation?
How do I get a packet with entry forms with a poster sent to me?
When are your deadlines for the call for entries?
When do I have to bring in my students’ artwork?
Where do I bring or send my entries?
What are your criteria for selection of the special projects artwork?
How are the literary entries selected?
How are the performances selected?

After the festival
Where and when do I pick up my students' artwork when the Festival has ended?

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General

Q: Is the SFUSD Arts Festival the same as Young at Art and/or the San Francisco Youth Arts Festival?

A: In 2007, San Francisco Youth Arts Festival was renamed Young at Art. In 2013, Young at Art was renamed SFUSD Arts Festival.

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Q: Where and when does the SFUSD Arts Festival take place?

A: The Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center of San Francisco, CA from March 14, 2018 to March 21, 2018. Monday, March 19, 2018 is only open for school groups. The Media Arts event will take place at the SFMOMA on Friday, March 9, 2018.

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Q: Where is the Asian Art Museum located?

A: The Asian Art Museum is located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center district. The address is 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA. For directions and transportation information, visit the Asian Art Museum's Plan Your Visit page.

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Q: Where is the SFMOMA located?

A: The SFMOMA is located in the heart of San Francisco's SOMA district. The address is 151 Third Streett, San Francisco, CA 94103. Please note, only the Media Arts event on Friday, March 9, 2018 will be hosted at the SFMOMA in the Phyllis Wattis Theater. 

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Q: How may I volunteer for the festival?

A: Please click here for volunteer opportunity information.

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Visiting

Q: I would like to come on a field trip with my class. How do I do that?

A: You may fill out a field trip form on the Asian Art Museum's website by clicking here and submitting the information for visits from March 14-21, 2018. An education coordinator from the museum will confirm your class(es) reservation. If you would like to reserve a field trip to the Media Arts event at the SFMOMA on Friday, March 9, 2018, a separate form must be completed online. Once that form is available, it will be provided here.

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Events

Q: When are the student performances?

A: A list of performances are listed on the Events page. You may also click here for a printable PDF of the 2018 Performance Schedule.

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Q: Where are the hands on activities?

A: The hands on activities take place in the 2nd floor galleries of the Asian Art Museum. Please check back for more specific details about this year's hands on activities. Past arts activities have included paper folding, bracelet making, constructing simple books and knot tying.

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Q: When and where is the Literary Arts event?

A: The Literary Arts event will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2pm at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Click here for more details.

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Q: When and where is the Media Arts event?

A: This year’s Film & Media Event will be presented to the public at the Wattis Theater of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., on March 9, 2018. The screening is divided into a morning session appropriate for all ages, and an afternoon session for grades 8-12.

Following the afternoon screening, filmmakers will be invited to participate in a Q&A session lead by Paul Ferraris (A.P. Giannini Middle School Media Arts).

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Participation

Q: Who is eligible for particpation?

A: All students grades Pre-K through 12 attending a public/private school or a community arts program located in the city of San Francisco.

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Q: How do I get a packet with entry forms with a poster sent to me?

A: Entry forms are available on this website in PDF form or for online application. The poster is available by mail through the VAPA office.

Call, write, or come to the VAPA office:

Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Curriculum and Instruction
San Francisco Unified School District
750 - 25th Avenue, Bungalow 1
San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone: 415-379-7023
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please call us before coming by to make sure someone is available to help you.

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Q: When are your deadlines for the call for entries?

A: All deadlines are found on your physical entry forms and may also be found below or by clicking here.

Visual Arts (3 per school/program; limit to 1 per student)

-Elementary: please bring artwork from February 14-15 or February 20-12, 2018 between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m..

-Middle / High / Community Groups: please bring artwork from February 14-15 or February 20-12, 2018 between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m..

Special Projects Application and photo submissions are due by Wednesday. February 14, 2018 (Special Projects require pre-approval. Once approved, bring accepted Special Projects to the VAPA office on February 20th or February 21st between 1:00 - 4:30 p.m..

Performing Arts Application are due (via Asian Art Museum link) on ***November 1, 2017. (Online submission handled by the Asian Art Museum). ***Notice, the deadline for performance applications has passed. For questions, contact  schools@asianart.org.

Literary Arts Applications and material are due on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Media Arts (film) Applications and material are due on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Please follow the deadlines. All late submissions will be disqualified.

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Q: When do I have to bring in my students’ artwork?

A:

-Elementary: please bring artwork on February 7-9, 2018 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m..

-Middle / High / Community Groups: please bring artwork on February 7-9, 2018 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m..

Special Projects (if selected): Once approved, bring accepted Special Projects to the VAPA office at the designated drop-off times (TBD).

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Q: Where do I bring or send my entries?

A: Please drop off your visual artwork and literary entries to the appropriate locations and by the stated deadlines to:

Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Curriculum and Instruction
San Francisco Unified School District
750 - 25th Avenue, Bungalow 1
San Francisco, CA 94121

Please make sure all of the work you drop off is clearly labeled.

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Q: What are your criteria for selection of artwork?

A: The teachers curate the individual entries; we try to put up all the artwork submitted. For special projects (large group projects such as sculptures, murals etc.) a panel will review the photographs of the special project entries.

The criteria for special projects include:

1) Does the artwork demonstrate the use of the State of California standards?
2) Will the project give teachers ideas?
3) What is the physical size and weight of the project? What are the hanging requirements or constraints in terms of display (floor space, wall space, pedestals, stands, vitrines, walls, hooks?)
4) How many other projects are there like it?
5) Is the project well conceived, visually pleasing, does it demonstrate excellence?
6) Is it a school targeted for participation? What are the school’s resources?
7) Will the class come and see the artwork on a field trip?
8) Does the project have a paragraph description to put on the label for other teachers?
9) Will it be ready/finished within the timeframe of the festival?

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Q: How are the literary entries selected?

A: A panel of professional writers selected by the district's Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) will jury the entries.

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Q: How are the performances selected?

A: Teachers apply to perform and the performance curator works to include as many performances as possible. Last year all requests were accommodated.

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After the Festival

Q: Where and when do I pick up my students' artwork when the Festival has ended?

A: Please come to John McLaren Early Education School to pick up your artwork from April 3-6, 2018 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.). The office is located at the following address:

John McLaren Early Education School 
2055 Sunnydale Avenue (Room 8 or 9)
San Francisco, CA 94134
Neighborhood: Visitacion Valley

Phone: 415-379-7023

Please call before coming by to make sure someone is available to help you.

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