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Jessalyn Aaland: *Extended Hours*

Meantime / Performance

Jessalyn Aaland: Extended Hours

Past event

In Extended Hours, three San Francisco public school teachers will plan lessons, review student work, and communicate with stakeholders—the typically unpaid labor that extends beyond the school day.

As part of ICA SF’s Meantime program, each teacher/performer is paid for this work, making visible the vital labor that goes into serving San Francisco’s youth.

Participating teachers: Kristia Castrillo, Eunice Nuval, Sabeena Shah

Jessalyn Aaland is a Bay Area interdisciplinary artist working across social practice, painting, print, and sculpture. Her work often touches upon complex social issues, but with a sense of humor, hope, and joy. Much of her work explores how systems (such as the K-12 education system) function as sites for both conformity and resistance, and convey the possibility that a more utopian society is not unreachable. Her socially-engaged projects address public audiences of everyday people (e.g. youth, teachers, workers), and often take the form of workshops and Risograph-printed posters and booklets. Aaland’s project Class Set has provided 20,000 Risograph-printed, artist-designed posters featuring social justice quotes to schools, libraries, and educational non-profits nationwide, and the designs and accompanying curriculum are available for anyone to download online for free. Her work has been supported with funding from Southern Exposure, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She has been an artist-in-residence at Facebook (Menlo Park), Real Time & Space (Oakland, CA), North Mountain (West Virginia), and Sim (Reykjavik, Iceland), and was a 2018-2019 Political Power fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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Person in light color outfit standing at a microphone stand in front of a large seated crowd
Person in light color outfit standing at a microphone stand in front of a large seated crowd

July 14–September 3, 2023