2020 SFUSD Arts Festival Features Student Artwork Online

Every year, the San Francisco Unified School District is proud to present the SFUSD Arts Festival: a celebration of student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts hosted by the Asian Art Museum. For the past 34 years, this unique San Francisco event has been a point of destination for families, teachers, artists, and community members from San Francisco and beyond.

This year, while our ability to gather in person to celebrate our students’ brilliance may be limited, we can still enjoy and reflect on their artistic achievements online via the 2020 SFUSD Arts Festival Online Gallery, which is now live on the SFUSD Arts Festival website.

The gallery features original student artwork including paintings, drawings, sculpture, metalwork, and poetry showing the range of expression from students from many grades and schools that are represented. All of the artists show an authentic connection to their work, which can be seen in the exploration of a self-portrait or in imagery and words expressing social and political commentary.

Also available for viewing online are visual art pieces from the 2018 and 2019 SFUSD Arts Festivals, which similarly inspire and delight while capturing many beautiful moments in the lives of SFUSD students.

The promise of equity and access in arts education for all students preK-12 during the curricular day is an irreplaceable component of a well-rounded education that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century.

In the 12 years since SFUSD’s first Arts Education Master Plan and with the support of the voter-approved Public Education Enrichment Fund, arts teachers are in
100% of elementary schools, and each elementary student receives three full days per week of arts instruction by a certificated teacher. Students at the middle school and high school levels also have access to quality arts programs supported by credentialed arts teachers.

During these unprecedented times, tapping into our creativity is a wonderful way to navigate our emotions and experiences. Expressing ourselves along with participating in the expression of others creates meaningful connection and maintains our sense of community. Thank you to all of our students for inspiring us with your passion and hard work!

How does the student artwork of the SFUSD Arts Festival inspire you to be creative? Share your thoughts and images with us on social media by tagging @SFUnified or using the hashtag #WeAreSFUSD