I’m writing with some exciting news!
Tomorrow, we’re holding our first ever Urban Lives pop-up exhibit, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The exhibit is an 8-screen curated showing of videos from eight cities around the world that were the settings for our Global Lives productions. The exhibit runs just for one day, from 12-5pm, as part of the YBCA Public Square program. This is a symbolic occasion for us, as the Global Lives world premiere took place at YBCA in February 2010, nearly six years ago.
Yesterday, a team of volunteer Google employees that were part of the GoArt and Google Reach Local programs opened a Global Lives exhibit at Google. The exhibit is raising funds to bring similar exhibits and our Unheard Stories curriculum to underserved schools around the world. If you are an educator and are interested in bringing the exhibit to your school, please sign up with our educator interest form. If you’re an educator and would like to see the exhibit at Google, please mention that in the notes section in that form.
The Global Lives exhibit at Google (pictured above) runs through January 2016. If you know any Google employees anywhere in the world, please ask them to be sure to donate to Global Lives during Google Giving Week (Nov 30 – Dec 4), when donations will be tripled by Google.
As part of the Google Reach Local program in partnership with HandsOn Bay Area, a team of three Google volunteers, Tony Nelli, Ariel Lu and Jimmy Chang, spent this entire week working full-time for the Global Lives Project. In addition to building the exhibit, they spent countless hours doing post-production video work on Global Lives footage, including audio editing and uploading new, HD versions of our soon-to-be-released Lives in Transit series to YouTube, upgrading the resolution of our existing videos, and synchronizing subtitles for the exhibit and online viewing. The new footage will be released over the coming months. This was a massive amount of technically challenging and sometimes tedious work that had stumped and stymied Global Lives staff, volunteers, interns and multiple other volunteer Google and YouTube employees for years (!) on end—thank you Tony, Ariel and Jimmy!
The exhibit was curated by Janice Myint, of the GoArt program, with critical support from Global Lives Board Member, Rosa Wu, Global Lives Advisory Council Member, Esther Wojcicki, and long-time Global Lives friends, Steve and Mary Grove, Anna Botelho, John Webb, Glenn Fisher, Naomi Ture, Michaela Prescott and Mamie Rheingold.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned for news of more 2016 exhibits coming soon…
P.S. If you’d like to see the exhibit and our curriculum reach more schools around the world, please consider donating to Global Lives today. Thank you!