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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 Ecological 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 !

From Weeds to Wonder: Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Garden is Transformed !

Our Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park

Upper Garden at Junipero Serra Child Development Center has been transformed from Weeds to Wonder !  After major building construction at the site our original beautiful garden was devastated. But, now, thanks to great help from students, parents & teams from Salesforce, this garden is being transformed! In April, a team led by Lisa Jack with students led by A.L.L. instructors, laid out the new circulation system and pulled weeds ! And, then, they pulled more weeds; this went on for hours. And, then yesterday, May 18, another Salesforce Team, led by Charmagne Peters, along with Junipero Serra Elementary PTA parents, our A.L.L. Instructors, and many students moved 3 tons of Napa Fieldstone and 13 cubic yards of rich compost, compliments of LYNGSO, and made beautiful new garden beds, based on the Master Plan I developed  ! We moved 3 tons of rocks !! We are ready to plant now !  Thank you everyone !!! May 20, 2011 Blog Post

View this video on A Living Library produced by NEN TV !

Have a look at this video on A Living Library & Life Frames, Inc. produced by NEN TV.  Although it was originally created in 2008, the ideas are still current, fresh and relevant.

A Living Library on NEN TV

Let me know your thoughts !!!

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