Where Art Lives is a program that uses arts education to explore the issues of graffiti, vandalism, and public art with young people in San Francisco.

We are currently seeking partnerships with classes of students from 4th grade through 8th grade in public schools and community programs. The Where Art Lives program will provide art supplies, arts integration expertise, and visits from skilled teaching artists to students and teachers interested in making art that benefits their community.

The program is supported with a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission and funding from the San Francisco Department of Public Works. The program is operated by Uphill Arts, a fiscally sponsored program of Intersection for the Arts.

A film about Where Art Lives, a program of the San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Film by SmashTime Productions and Upstar Records, a project of Sunset Youth Services. Editting by Gre'tu Daggs and Travaugh Hicks. 

Director

 Todd Berman collects self-portraits from the public on Market Street for a "City of Awesome" painting.

Todd Berman collects self-portraits from the public on Market Street for a "City of Awesome" painting.

The Where Art Lives program is managed by Todd Berman, who has been working in San Francisco schools ever since arriving here after graduating from Brown University with a Public Policy degree in 1998. As a visual artist, he creates scenes that capture a chaotic sense of community in bright, expressionistic drawings and crowd-sourced, collaborative collages. You may have seen his City of Awesome paintings filling public buses as part of the SF Beautiful's Muni Art project.

Todd brought his art practice into every type of classroom in the San Francisco Unified School District for 15 years as a substitute teacher. He further graduated burnished his expertise as an arts educator by graduating from the Integrated Learning Specialist Program in 2015 and is now an instructor with that program. Todd also provides trainings in arts integration for after-school staff on behalf of the San Francisco Department of Children Youth and their Families and coordinates arts education advocacy and professional development as the director of the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area.