Keep Meridian Gallery's Youths in their Home!

Save Meridian Gallery and Its Youth Program from Being Evicted!
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Meridian Gallery
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San Francisco, California
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About the Program

For the last 18 years, Meridian Gallery has employed hundreds of low-income, minority teens from all over San Francisco as part of its Meridian Interns Program (MIP). Our young interns, aged 14-17, meet everyday after school and throughout the summer to work as artists-in-training, learning to paint, draw, sculpt, carve, and create printed artworks in the gallery’s on-site studio. That’s right – they’re paid to make art! Taught by professional artist instructors (some of whom are former interns themselves), these teens gain invaluable work experience and professional skills within the setting of a non-profit, contemporary art gallery. But as Meridian Gallery faces the threat of eviction, the future of MIP is in jeopardy. Please help us keep this important program alive, and in turn, support the burgeoning young artist community of San Francisco.

MIP is not only a great part-time job for low-income teens (whose families often depend on them for their financial contributions), it's also an educational program that prepares them for future employment. MIP offers our young interns academic and career counseling as well as the opportunity to develop valuable social skills (critical thinking, literacy, verbal and visual communication, team work, discipline) and transferable job skills (use of computer graphics programs and desktop publishing tools, publication writing, gallery maintenance, installation of shows, and financial literacy). It is our goal to help these kids prepare for the future, and have fun doing it.

At the end of every term, the interns organize and install their own show at the Meridian Gallery so that they can share their creations with the world. (In fact, their latest exhibition, Toward a Natural World: Exploring Indigenous Cultures and Native Plants of the Coastal Bay Area, is on display until Friday, August 22. Come check it out!) They also produce an annual “zine,” or do-it-yourself magazine, which features all of their favorite artworks and commemorates social highlights from the year, including holiday celebrations and field trips to nearby art galleries, museums, and parks. The young interns are also very involved in local community work, beautifying San Francisco by restoring murals and planting gardens.

Shument Cheng, Miwok Roundhouse, 2014. This painting was made by one of our interns during a field trip to the 34th Annual Big Time Festival, a cultural celebration hosted by the Coast Miwok.

Here are the interns, artist instructors, and co-founders Anne Brodzky and Anthony Williams at our annual Bread Bake event. Every year, the kids visit the Headlands Center for the Arts and learn to make delicious homemade bread in their brick oven. 

The annual zine includes personal essays about the young interns' experiences in the Meridian Interns Program. In this year's publication (front cover, left) includes Gabi's testimonial (right).


What We Need & What You Get

We need to raise $50,000 to keep the Meridian Interns Program alive. 

The majority of the funds, $40,000, will be used to secure a new lease so that the youth interns can stay in their studio here at Meridian Gallery for years to come. This location is so important to the success of the program for a number of reasons: 
1) It is easily accessible from all over the city, making MIP available to all low-income teenagers with a passion for art;
2) It is nearby many galleries, museums, and cultural centers, giving kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity to visit these art and educational institutions a chance to learn and be inspired;
3) It houses an on-site studio fully equipped with art supplies, cooking facilities, and desktop computers for graphic design projects. This studio was installed by co-founders Anne Brodzky and Anthony Williams in 2007, when they renovated the Victorian building's unused basement with the help of MIP interns. 


The Meridian Interns Program's studio is housed in the lowest level of the Meridian Gallery, located in a beautiful Victorian building at 535 Powell Street, just two blocks from San Francisco's historic Union Square.


The remaining $10,000 will support the program itself. This will be used to:
- Pay the youth interns and their artist instructors
- Buy healthy food for snacks and meals prepared in the studio kitchen
- Buy art supplies and equipment
- Cover the costs of installing and promoting exhibitions
- Fund field trips to art galleries, museums, parks and cultural centers
- Produce the annual MIP zine, the "Megazine"
- Provide all interns with memberships to the de Young Museum

MIP interns prepare everyday meals and special treats - like apple pie - in the studio's kitchenette. 


Ensuring the Future of MIP

The Meridian Interns Program has operated successfully for 18 years. We have a wonderful and dedicated staff of professional artist instructors, centrally-located and well-stocked facilities, and years of experience teaching our paid interns to create unique artworks. Given adequate funding, we will no doubt be able to continue our mission of supporting youth arts education in San Francisco. 
The biggest threat to the Meridian Interns Program is that of eviction. If we do not raise the $50,000 necessary to secure a new lease to stay in our current building, the program, and all of its participants, will be displaced. This would present a huge challenge to MIP, as we would have to find, secure, and move into a new studio space, which would be a very difficult, time-consuming and expensive endeavor in the increasingly competitive San Franciscan commercial real estate market. 
We need your help to stay in our beloved building. This alone will ensure the stability of the Meridian Interns Program. Help us keep this amazing program alive.

    Spread the Word!

    Any and all contributions will help us achieve our goal of continuing the Meridian Interns Program in its current home. But there are other ways you can help! Please share this campaign with family and friends, and anyone who loves the arts and youth education. Post this to Facebook, send a tweet, spread the word!

    The Meridian Interns thank you for your support!

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    • $5USD
      Anything and everything helps!

      We know that many people would like to help but just can't spare much. Every dollar helps (even $1!) and we appreciate it! If you contribute $5, we will send you a personal thank you note and you will have our endless gratitude. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Thank you!

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    • $10USD
      Start your art collection!

      For the price of just two espresso drinks, you will receive an ORIGINAL ARTWORK black and white block print by one of our resident youth artists. Every dollar helps and we know times are tough for many but we so appreciate the help! Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Includes our endless gratitude and perk #1 as well. Thank you for your generosity!

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    • $25USD
      Date Night! And more!

      Thank you for your generous donation! You and a guest will receive six free tickets to attend any three events at Meridian Gallery's renowned art or music series. This is a $10-40 value PER TICKET. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Includes our endless gratitude and perk #1 and #2 (the ORIGINAL BLOCK PRINT) as well.

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    • $50USD
      Become a Patron of the Arts!

      Each generous donor who gives $50 will receive a drawing or watercolor of ORIGINAL ARTWORK by one of our Meridian intern artists, AND the free tickets from Perk #3, AND TWO ADDITIONAL free tickets, the block print in Perk #2, and the thank you letter from Perk #1. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Thank you so much!

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    • $100USD
      Art Collector Extraordinaire!

      Your art collection is really growing now! For your generous $100 donation you will receive an ORIGINAL ARTWORK by one of our accomplished Artist Instructors, AND the piece by a Meridian intern artist, AND perks #1-3. (Free tickets!) Remember, these one-of-a-kind art works could likely be extremely valuable in the future and you just received them for a steal! Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation and of course our endless, endless gratitude.

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    • $200USD
      One-on-One Art Tutorials!

      This perk is really priceless, as it could launch your successful art career! For only $200 you will receive a 1 hour private tutorial and/or portfolio review with an accomplished Professor of the San Francisco Art Institute. The quality of this meeting is akin to one you would receive in a $100,000 MFA program! Tailored to your needs! Donate more $ to receive more meetings. You will ALSO get perks #1-3. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation.

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    • $400USD
      Occupy our Mansion!

      Benefactors on this level will receive a FREE 2-HOUR RENTAL of one floor of our stunning, historical 1911 Victorian building! (http://meridiangallery.org/about-rentals/) Host a meeting, gathering, art event, concert, or just an intimate dinner in a gorgeous setting. All rentals come with staff support. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Includes Perks #1-#3. That means free art and six free tickets to a Meridian concert or event!

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    • $500USD
      Acquire Meridian Exhibitions!

      This one is hard to believe, but true! We are selling art that was donated to us by the many mid-career professional artists who have shown their work in past Meridian Gallery exhibitions (with their permission and blessing, of course). For this perk to be extra enticing we priced them ALL at only $500!! Some of these works are worth thousands!! Some are already framed, too. Get some fabulous, valuable art on your walls! Check out the online sale here: http://meridiangallery.org/store/

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    • $700USD
      Art Aficionado

      PERKS #1-4 (that's FOUR works of original art plus EIGHT free event tickets) PLUS admission to a group artist workshop by one of our talented artist instructors in the medium of your choice. We have high-caliber instructors who are well-established career artists and they specialize in painting, drawing, watercolor, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, and more! We will tailor classes to your needs. All donations are receive a tax donation letter and ample gratitude.

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    • $900USD
      An Art School Tailored to YOU!

      Get a taste of art school! For only $900 you will receive six one-on-one art classes with an accomplished Art Instructor, with meetings tailored to your level and interests. From beginner to MFA level! You will ALSO get a 1 hour private portfolio review with an accomplished Professor of the San Francisco Art Institute, a group critique, and workshop on professional development. You will ALSO get perks #1-3. Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation.

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    • $1,200USD
      Either way, you win!

      Wise choice! For a $1,200 you will get a FREE 6-HOUR RENTAL of one floor OR a 3-HOUR rental on TWO FLOORS of our stunning, historical 1911 Victorian building! (http://meridiangallery.org/about-rentals/) Host a meeting, art event, concert, or even a wedding or commitment ceremony-- and then write it off! Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter. Includes Perks #1-#3. That means free art PLUS six free tickets to a Meridian concert or event! Thank you for supporting Meridian!

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    • $2,400USD
      Special Place for Special Day!

      Benefactors on this level will receive a FREE THREE-HOUR RENTAL on ALL THREE floors of our gorgeous, historical 1911 Victorian building! Host a meeting, gathering, art event, concert, private party, even a wedding or commitment ceremony-- and then write off the expense! Donors on every level will receive a tax donation letter to write off your donation. Donate more money for more time on your rental. Includes Perks #1 through #3. That's FREE ART and EVENT TICKETS! Thank you so much!

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    • $5,000USD
      Meridian Angel

      You are our angel! Write us and let us know which combination of the perks you would like. You will be considered a life-long Patron of Meridian Gallery and acknowledged as such in any of our numerous publications. You will also receive a DVD copy of our archived Music and Dance Concert Series, Literary Events, and any Exhibition catalog of your choice.

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