About This Artist

Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. ABD initiated the Skywatchers program in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store Gallery.


Skywatchers
 is committed to justice and equity as a critique of the current societal structures that marginalize large segments of the population. Creative expression and artistry are the foundation of a unique set of methodological practices to resist, confront, expose, or intervene in those structures, working towards social change on the individual and systemic levels. We believe in the power of art and collective creative endeavors to transform lives, embody our interconnectedness, and infuse our lives with agency, possibility, and increased vitality.


Skywatchers
 is structured on the belief that relationships are the first site of social change. We believe that large-scale transformation begins with intimate, interpersonal exchange and that all stakeholders are transformed in this process—artists, resident participants, as well as site staff.


Learn more about ABD Productions and Skywatchers at www.abdproductions.org/skywatchers-2-2/. Photos courtesy of Skywatchers.

Upcoming Events

Mother the Verb & Lxs Desaparecidxs

Javier Stell-Fresquez, Ivan "Ivy" Monteiro, and Davia Spain & Randy Reyes
Thu–Sat, Dec 7–9 & 14–16, 7:30pm

Support CounterPulse

Last Chance to Make a Tax-Deductable Donation in 2017

Magic in the Tenderloin: A Coloring Book Adventure

Hannah Boles and Sylvester Guard
Fri, Jan 5, 3pm-5pm

San Francisco Premiere of LIGHT: Parts 44 & 47

Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Orient Sphere
Thu-Sat, Feb 1-3, 8pm

Archived Events

Artist Reception: Robin Birdd

Free Event
Wed, Dec 13, 5pm-7pm

J ((())) Y Sessions Work-in-Progress

Leralee Whittle
Mon, Dec 11, 5pm–7pm

Tenderloin Community Info Session

Public art & the 950 Market project
Wed, Dec 6, 12pm-1pm

DanceHackSF 2017

DanceHackSF & Kinetech Arts
Sat-Sun, Dec 2-3

Blog Roll

  • wild child in residence at CounterPulse

    Combining pompous burlesque acts with intimate confessions, ,wild child” blurs the line between natural and artificial, authenticity and masquerade, reality and fantasy. The performer morphs from one character to the next and reenacts past encounters to discover what sexual desire is. They play with femininity and other gender roles to unveil the joy, fear, shame, violence, […]

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  • Who are your Lxs Desaparecidxs?

    Questions to Consider (proposed by Randy):   Who are your Lxs Desaparecidxs? In what ways has being in this process shifted your own creative practice, if at all? Where do you see the piece going next and how do you see the work evolving? What questions have persisted since the process began and what new […]

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  • Dancing with Ghosts: A conversation with Randy Reyes

    How do you conjure queer ancestry through a dance performance? How can we form and unform psychic territories held through our lineages? Randy Reyes’s new work borrows Chinese Energetics and systems of improvisation to weave queer ancestral lineages throughout an elaborate number. Lxs Desaparecidxs—created in collaboration with performers Jose Abad, Emelia Brumbaugh, Gabriel Christian, Felix (Sol) […]

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