Future Farmers may be the least likely name for an artists collaborative. But it does, indeed, describe the work of artist Amy Franceschini, now, quite literally. As winner of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s recent commission, Amy is using an inspiration from World War II-era America to spark a citizen movement to make San Francisco the garden city. In 1995, she co-founded Atlas, an online magazine. Amy has taught at art and design schools in San Francisco and currently teaches as a lecturer at Stanford University in the Art Department.
Also with us from San Francisco is Dr. Isabel Wade, founder of the Neighborhood Parks Council. It’s an open source network of citizen volunteers using technology and political pressure to keep the city’s parks maintained. In March 2000, Dr. Wade and the NPC spearheaded a coalition of other non-profits to pass two ballot initiatives that would begin and continue the restoration of city parks and the acquisition of open space.
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