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kids summer activities

Attention, Little People

Summers when I was 9 in Aurora, IL, we were out in the street on our own. Our parents said go outside and find something to frickin’ do. We had a lot of freedom. We played in each other’s yards, on the street, we rode our bikes, roller skated, ran through sprinklers, slid on the Slip’n Slide. For a little more structure we would take cheap kids classes at the parks and rec. Many times these were at the neighborhood grade school.  Then there was the bookmobile that would come out. We would take our wagon, stick my smallest sister in it and wheel off for a mega haul of books. Now I face the summer as Number 1 Auntie to two little girls. They don’t do the things I did the way I did when I did them so many years ago. Life and play are so much more planned, protected. Allow me to brainstorm my way through a list (that’s how I sort out life) of things I might do with these two …

Golden Gate Bridge Walk

Get Close. Bring an Apple. Walking across the Golden Gate bridge is a noisy experience: the cars, the wind. It’s a roadway after all, picturesque from afar (we started off at Chrissy Field), and breathing fumes up close. Walking is essential to gauge the physicality of a place or thing, its distance, the angles you’d otherwise not see: of the bridge, below it, on it, afar, underneath its towers, parallel to its cables. Sort of a walking Cubist experience. Tourists want to be in the photo with the bridge, it’s our biggest local celebrity. In the sunshine there is something especially cheerful and earnest and of course oversized about it, as if it’s the Clifford the big Red Dog of the Bay. (Although it’s darker side is indicated soon enough by the crisis phones installed there for potential jumpers. ‘There is hope. Make the call.’) But right now there are sunnier sorts around: Asian girls in cute outfits with impossibly un-windblown hair posing for pictures; and somewhere a fashion blog is updated. Men alone and …

You Belong Here, Part 2

We continue Raeshma’s interview with Jason Wyman of #wheredoyoubelong. We left off with Jason previewing the April 11th “You Belong Here Event”(photo above) RR: What’s upcoming for this project? JW: The April event is just one thing happening in a slew of things. It will be the culminating event for Izza and the interns. This event will be a point that will be connected to other events and plans. So it’s both a culminating and continuing effort. RR: You have lots of youth experience, how is it different from approaches you’ve taken in past? JW: I laid myself off of the nonprofit system. Because of the grant cycles and how projects were funded, I would have to continual lay myself off. I did a lot in youth development. I didn’t like where it was going. Due to the recession, things moved toward community school models which I don’t 100 percent believe in. I saw the power that youth development had in the late 90’s, I did AmeriCorp then and other things and I saw direct outcomes …

You Belong Here

Jason Wyman on “the messiness of what it means to be in community with each other” — Jason Wyman has a big laugh. A big beard. And, big-hearted plans for changing how art and community intersect in the Bay. This is the first in a series of conversations (on art, community and intersections) with Jason and teen co-producers Izza, Trayvon and Mosiah as they get ready to host “You Belong Here” on April 11, as part of the #wheredoyoubelong project. #wheredoyoubelong unearths urgent questions of belonging in a changing Bay Area and investigates them via storytelling, films, performances, events and installations. RR: What led you to start the #wheredoyoubelong project? The genesis is multifaceted. Allow me to go on a meandering path because I’ve had a hard time telling the story! It grew out of 2 separate projects I’m involved in. Outlook Theater Project is queer ensemble theater I’ve been part of since 2010. We create original works and ‘This Many People’ was our big theater piece staged at Counterpulse about LGBT youth stories. I …

Bridges

My name is Raeshma. I’m seven years new to the Bay, and beginning to feel at home. I seek new beginnings in creative projects, journeys, and my relationships with place, purpose and prose. I’m drawn to that which connects or disconnects us –ideas, values, community (in issues of faith, youth, migration, for example).  I’m looking at bridges.