Welcome Shaghayegh and Keyvan!
CAMP welcomes Shaghayegh Cyrous and Keyvan Shovir to our Board of Directors. Shaghayegh and Keyvan have been involved with CAMP since 2013 when they painted their first mural on the alley – We Want Peace – that brought attention to political prisoners and their families in Iran. Subsequently, they created a second mural “In Memory of “ in 2015 that honors and remembers three contemporary female Iranian literary figures: activist and poet Forough Farrokhzad, poet Simin Behbahani, and author Simin Daneshvar. Shaghayegh and Keyvan are also part of CAMP’s international exchange and residency project with Yogyakarta Indonesia, Bangkit/Arise, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Their dependability and commitment to CAMP have been much appreciated. We look forward to their leadership, experiences, and requisite punk sensibility they can provide CAMP.
Board Steering Committee
As part of our 3-Year Strategic Capacity Building Plan CAMP determined it was necessary for the health and growth of the organization to create a core Board Steering Committee comprised of four new positions that are paid on a stipend basis. These positions include: Director of Development, Director of Community Engagement, Director of Programming, and Director of Social Media. The anticipated outcome of this effort is that CAMP will have solid human resources, financial resources, and structure in place to support the organization’s programming and ability to fulfill its mission. The Steering Committee is made up of:
Megan Wilson, Director of Development
Megan led CAMP’s strategic planning process and drafted the Organizational Overview and Capacity Building Plan with annual Benchmarks & Action Steps. She will continue to oversee the annual assessments of the Plan and work with the Board to make revisions as needed. Megan will lead and implement CAMP’s fund development work that was identified through the planning process. She is also working closely with Shaghayegh and Keyvan in their new roles, including: 1) continuing to deepen relationships with CAMP’s current artists, reconnect with its early artists, and develop relationships with new artists; 2) introduce them to Clarion Alley residents and building owners; and 3) connect them to CAMP’s community partners.
Megan Wilson is a visual artist, writer, and activist based in San Francisco. Known for her large-scale installations, public projects, and street art, she incorporates a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics to address conceptual interests that include home, homelessness, social and economic justice, anti-capitalism, impermanence and generosity. Wilson has been a core organizer of CAMP since 1998 and co-director 2001-2005 and 2010 – present. In 2003 she curated, co-organized, and raised the funds for the international exchange and residency Sama-sama/Together, a collaboration between community arts organizations and artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area (USA) and Yogyakarta (Indonesia) designed to foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim cultures following 9/11. The book Sama-sama/ Together that chronicled the project, was published in 2006 by Jam Karet Press in Indonesia. In 2015 Wilson participated with CAMP co-director Christopher Statton in the Geneng Street Art Project #3 in Yogyakarta. In 2018 she co-directed and co-organized (with Christopher Statton and Nano Warsono) CAMP’s second international exchange and residency project, Bangkit /Arise between artists from Yogyakarta and San Francisco/Bay Area in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The second phase of the project will take place in 2019. Wilson received her BFA from the University of Oregon and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Wilson has also worked in non-profit development, planning, management, and visibility for over 20 years, ranging from in-depth strategic planning and organizational development to grant writing and research. In addition, she has extensive experience with program development, community organizing, and social and economic justice activism. The size of the organizations she has worked with has ranged from $50,000/yr budget to 6M/yr budget. Organizations she has worked with include: The Gubbio Project, Art Forces, Chinese Whispers, Clarion Alley Mural Project, the Roxie Theater, Urban Peace Movement, The Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center, Portola and Excelsior Family Connections, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Oasis For Girls, Oakland Leaf, Creative Growth, SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network), Streetside Stories, Young Women United for Oakland, Global Footprint Network, Youthspace, APIAHF (Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum), TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools), Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, NCCJ (the National Conference for Community and Justice, formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews), and Samaritans (Boston).
Christopher Statton, Director of Community Engagement
Christopher will be heading up CAMP’s plan to launch and/or support an existing Community Ambassador Program that will provide an established presence on the alley and offer support for all of Clarion Alley’s visitors and community members. He will be the primary connection to city agencies that CAMP will be working with through this process. Christopher will also be overseeing CAMP’s role in the expansion of the Latino Cultural District to include a greater presence in the Mission District. Christopher will be working closely with Eva Mas, CAMP’s new Director of Community Initiatives to implement this work.
Christopher Statton is an artist, arts administrator, and community activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working hands on within the social justice and arts communities for over a decade, Statton served as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Roxie Theater, blocks away from Clarion Alley, overseeing the theater’s transition to a non-profit community-based independent film venue. Statton became involved with Clarion Alley Mural Project as part of its 20th anniversary, joining CAMP’s organizing committee for the Block Party celebration. Since then, Statton has collaborated or individually painted six murals on The Alley and one off site project as part of the Geneng Street Art Project #3 in Yogyakarta. As a community organizer and activist, Statton co-founded Better Homes and Gardens Today with collaborator Megan Wilson and in 2007 co-founded Sidewalk Sideshow, both projects working directly with or through organizations serving the street communities and people experiencing homelessness. In 2013, Statton was the recipient of The San Francisco Film Critic Circle’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community and received The San Francisco’s Board of Supervisor’s Certificate of Honor, sponsored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos. An alumnus of the postgraduate Organizational Leadership program at The Saïd Business School, Oxford University, Statton is co-directing and co-organizing (with Nano Warsono and Megan Wilson) CAMP’s second exchange project, Bangkit / Arise between artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco/Bay Area, USA in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Statton is also a member of the San Francisco Poster Syndicate.
Shaghayegh Cyrous, Director of Programming
Shaghayegh will be working closely with Megan to 1) deepen relationships with CAMP’s current artists, reconnect with its early artists, and develop relationships with new artists; 2) get to know Clarion Alley’s residents and building owners; and 3) connect with CAMP’s community partners. Shaghayegh will lead and oversee the curation/ production of three new murals on Clarion, including:
- A mural in collaboration with United 4 Iran that calls attention to political prisoners and their families in Iran;
- Two new murals by American Indian artists; and
- Organizing corresponding events on Clarion Alley and off-site with community partner ATA.
Finally, Shaghayegh will be overseeing CAMP’s copyright registration and artist MOU processes.
Shaghayegh Cyrous is an artist and curator who began her art practice in Tehran with urban installation, performance, and photography. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011, her work has dealt with cross-cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. She incorporates interactive time-based strategies such as social practice, participatory performances, and digital technologies such as live video chats. She received her BA in Visual Art from Science and Culture University in Tehran and her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited, performed, and curated at venues internationally including Tehran MOCA, Saba Museum in Tehran, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago, British Museum in London, Anchorage Museum, and SFMOMA.
Keyvan Shovir, Board Member (Steering Committee Member – Director of Social Media)
Keyvan will be heading up CAMP’s social media content creation and management on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter. Keyvan will be creating monthly videos and weekly posts. He will also be documenting CAMP’s events and mural works, as well as interview CAMP artists and Clarion Alley residents and community members. As part of this, he will work with Megan to be introduced to CAMP artists and community partners.
Keyvan Shovir is a multidisciplinary artist and muralist who was born in Tehran and moved to the US in 2013. Before his immigration his work focused on social issues, including the rights of women and children, and political messaging through Persian calligraphy and Street Art. Since he moved to the United States his work has shifted to explore current political situations, using narration and storytelling from the past with its juxtaposition to the present. The narrative of Shovir’s work is rooted in his Iranian heritage through literature, history, Persian myth, language, and the experiences of colonization and imperialism. He uses sculptural sound installations, murals, and paintings to explore these subjects and narrations. His work has been widely exhibited and presented in the United States, Iran, Turkey, England, Italy, Sweden, and Dubai. Shovir received his MFA from California College of Arts in 2018, and is currently living and working in the SF/Bay Area.
Welcome Eva Mas Silberstein!
In addition to creating a Board Steering Committee, CAMP has also hired a new 5 hours/week contract position to oversee community initiatives as part of its 3-Year Strategic Capacity Building Plan.
Eva was hired following a spate of hate crime vandalism against CAMP’s five murals in support of Palestine: 1) The Will To Live, 2) Bangkit Palestina, 3) End Apartheid BDS; 4) Ahed Tamimi; and Justice, targeting all five murals. This act of violence and Islamophobia against our Palestinian community was alarming and rather than backing down in fear, our community rallied together and continued to repair all of the murals after the attacks, allowing CAMP to also engage with visitors to the alley and discuss the murals, the lack of attention to these attacks, and their targeting. The support from the visitors we have engaged with has been overwhelmingly supportive.
In addition to addressing these hate crimes, we look forward to working with Eva to expand our community engagement efforts, including CAMP’s role in the expansion of the Latino Cultural District and support an already existing Community Ambassador Program.
Eva will be working closely with Christopher to support an existing Community Ambassador Program that will provide an established presence on the alley and offer support for all of Clarion’s visitors and community members. She will work with Christopher to engage with city agencies that CAMP will be working with through this process. Eva will help to oversee CAMP’s role in the expansion of the Latino Cultural District to include a greater presence in the Mission District and attend and represent CAMP at community meetings to support this effort. She will also oversee the installation of CAMP’s new signage on Clarion Alley at the entrance on Valencia Street. Finally, Eva will work with the organization HOMEY to develop and paint a mural on Clarion Alley that addresses gang violence.