History Collection Lab

Rene Yañez, Google Sucking the Soul Out of the Mission, 2014. Exhibited at Mutiny Radio, 21st Street & Florida, San Francisco, CA.

Rene Yañez, Google Sucking the Soul Out of the Mission, 2014. Exhibited at Mutiny Radio, 21st Street & Florida, San Francisco, CA.

All Ephemera Welcome!

The History Collection Lab in an online (and sometimes live!) collection platform for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism‘s Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive. Modeled on Wikipedia, the Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive is an online regional archive for socially-engaged art practices and creative political activism. This community resource documents the prolific and longstanding tradition of art and activism in the Bay Area to provide context and inspiration for future generations of artists and activists.

The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism invites everyone to recall and contribute historical work as well as to record current work on this collaboratively edited site. Drawing on the rich resources of Collective Memory, the archive also provides content for arts-integrated social justice curricula for Bay Area teaching artists, educators, and their students. Memories, stories, flyers, photos, documents, and shoeboxes welcome.

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Join the brainstorm! We have lists of Bay Area, U.S., and International artists-activists and their work. Share your suggestions for individual artists, curators, writers, groups, events, or social justice organizations here.

Create an Artist/Activist Article →

If you were/are an artist-activst and/or part of an artist-run, alternative Bay Area space, please consider sharing your story and historical material.

Submit a Scene! →

Share the name, location, communities and/or history involved in an alternative, artist-run Bay Area scene.

Digital Ephemera Uploader →

Share digital files (scanned images, digital photos, audio) from a memorable Bay Area scene.

Edit a Page →

Add to or revise an existing article.

Submission Criteria

The Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive is still developing its community standards for “notability.” For now, our community is encouraged to contribute by heart, from memory and to support their contributions with external citations if possible. If an external citation is not available, we will follow up with contributions to treat them as “oral history.”

As a guideline, we ask contributors to consider the educational potential of their contribution. This archive is a community resource for future generations of Bay Area artists and activists. What aspect of the topic will be of relevance to them? How can educators frame and share this topic in a teaching setting?

For local subjects and regionally relevant topics insufficiently “notable” for Wikipedia, Collective Memory is proud to host them here and to perhaps someday graduate the articles and information to Wikipedia.

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Please note that all contributions to Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then do not submit it here.

By selecting "Submit," you are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Image Licensing and Permissions for details). Please do not submit copyrighted work without permission! Thanks for sharing.



The History Collection Lab was initiated as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces, an exhibition supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. SOMArts’ exhibition programs are generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.