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Time melts …..

Hello ALL !

So much has been happening continuously with our A.L.L. projects and multiple museum shows and talks, that I haven't had a chance to post updates on our Living Library Nature Walk, our Branch Living Library & Think Park community/school sites, and more.   I want to fill you in with as much as I can, so I will be posting several new entries.  The reportage may be out of sequence, but I hope you enjoy it anyway !

Picture above shows sweet boys in Berlin eating ice cream in their strollers on the street in the Mitte in August.  I was there for a big international museum show curated by Anne Kersten, called Hungry City, at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien that featured my installation on The Farm.

More later......


Portable Park lV – past, present, future = A Living Library featured on Kickstarter: Please Donate !

Portable Park lV - past, present, future = A Living Library is being installed in Santa Monica, California at Santa Monica Place, opening on January 27-February 5 as part of The Getty's Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival.

Curated by Karen Moss and developed with MFA Public Practice Students from Otis College of Art & Design, Portable Park lV - past, present, future = A Living Library brings a pioneering work by Bonnie Ora Sherk from the past, Portable Parks 1-111, into the present and future.

Please join us on Kickstarter to realize this new work.  Thank you for your donation !

Portable Park lV - past, present, future = A Living Library by Bonnie Ora Sherk & Students From Otis College of Art & Design


Even A Few More Photos of Tree Planting From Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk

We have so many great pictures of volunteers planting California Native Trees adding to the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk underway in San Francisco, leading to the Islais Creek at the south end of St. Mary's Park. 

Eventually, we envision linking more schools, parks, and other open spaces within the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in SF, that interconnects at least 11 communities from: Noe Valley, Mission, Bernal, Potrero, Bayview, Portola, Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, OMI, Sunnyside, Glen Park.

Below are a few more pics showing diverse areas of St. Mary's Park in South Bernal Heights !

Planting Native Oaks (Quercus agrifolia - Coast Live Oak) in 2010 on the Upper Ridge of St. Mary's and (Quercus spp. - Mixed Oaks ) on Path from Crescent Avenue leading to south side of Park and currently hidden, underground Islais Creek.


FUNCSHUIONAL ART: East Marries West – North and South – A New Planetary Genre

FUNCSHUIONAL ART:East Marries West - North and South - A New Planetary Genre

© Bonnie Ora Sherk 2003-11

Funcshuional Art is a term that I coined, relatively recently (2003), to describe a new genre of art that I have been developing for several decades. It combines the Functionalism of the West with the sensitivity toward ecological alignment, natural systems, and spirituality of the East, known as Feng Shui. It also embraces the diversity of cultures from the North and South as well as East and West.

Funcshuional Art is a new transformative planetary art form that incorporates and acknowledges culture as part of nature and includes all of us – including diverse species.

We rejoice in similarities and diversities. We are the same, but different.

Funcshuional Art is also practical and helps us to make needed ecological, physical change in communities and schools so our environments and lives are more vibrant, healthy, expressive, authentic, and beautiful.

It is art, but also functions as community and economic development, and provides multiple educational opportunities for all ages, while helping to solve local environmental and social problems.

Funcshuional Art is Systemic Design. It embodies creating Whole Experiences: An Environment(s) integrated with Activity(s) within a Place:Performance Art has evolved to become Community Programs, or Interdisciplinary, Hands-On, Standards-Based Curricula.

It is art that promotes learning, becoming more whole, and helping us to evolve, fulfilling our potential as humans.

We can also call it Funshuional as in FUN, or Funcshuionual, as in SENSUAL, with all puns intended !

The Life Frame and A Living Library offer good examples.

Crossroads Community (the farm), a pioneering urban agriculture, arts, and environmental education center that transformed acres of derelict land adjacent to, and incorporating a freeway interchange, that also became a new San Francisco park (Potrero del Sol), was an early Life Frame. I was the Founding Director/President from 1974-80 and made the original drawings for the park.

The Life Frame, another term that I coined, is an inclusive framework for diversity:  biological, cultural, technological.The Life Frame literally frames life so we can see it and experience it more profoundly.

A Living Library is also a Life Frame, and embodies this spirit and actuality.A.L.L. for short, provides a powerful framework, and easily incorporates systems, phenonmena, and cultures, demonstrating interconnectedness between biological, cultural, and technological systems.

Funcshuional Art is Cultivating the Human and Ecological Garden.

It is participatory and relevant, helping us to reconnect with each other and understand where we live and who we are.

Please read the piece below that I wrote, published in a United Nations Centerpoint Now NGO/DPI Journal for two Conferences on Human Rights and Disarmament: (2008, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France - 2009, Mexico City, Mexico), that further describes these ideas. 


We are updating our email list and sending you our new blog !

HOW EXCITING !  WE HAVE JUST SENT YOU A LINK TO OUR NEW BLOG THROUGH OUR UPDATED MAILING LIST.  We hope you enjoy seeing our work !  Please let us know. Below are a few recent pics from our Salesforce Volunteer event led by Bob Frati with A.L.L. Instructors and James Denman Middle School students on May 20 at our OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Enjoy !!!  Thank You to ALL !
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