Imagine young students repurposing the red glass from broken traffic lights into something of their dreams – a spaceship – a vessel for creative exploration. This is Dana Albany’s vision. To develop a collaborative art program for youth that gives them the time and space to create, build and then exhibit their work at leading art and science venues in the Bay Area and beyond.
This is Y.E.S. The Youth Education Spaceship program. Designed by Dana from years of experience building mosaic art and working with children, this project is a collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Tenderloin and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco, and the recycling plant Recology. It is sponsored by a splendid array of civic organizations like Black Rock Arts Foundation, The Crucible, the Exploratorium, Maker Faire and Burning Man Project.
Here’s how it will work. Children from the ages of 7 to 15 will be given the opportunity to engage in everything from metal and mosaic work, mold-making, glass fusion and glass blowing, photography, videography, sound-scape creation, robotics, environmentalism, education on ancient civilizations to outer space, space travel and astronomy. Professional welders will fabricate the necessary sections of the spaceship, and after their winter’s work, these young artists will then experience the satisfaction of having their spaceship exhibited in public at The Crucible, Maker Faire, Exploratorium and Burning Man.
Burning Man Project is proud to be one of the many sponsors of this project. Dana exudes the Burning Man ethos and culture by fostering collaboration and participation as the foundation of art production. Stay tuned for updates on Y.E.S. and the future of these budding artists.