2018 Rainin Foundation Open Spaces Grant for TRANSITION24

Great news for the new year!!

Survival Project, in collaboration with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, is one of four 2018 award recipients from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Open Spaces public art program. The grants support nonprofit organizations and artists to partner to create projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation, and energize public spaces.

As our artist collaborative’s second project, TRANSITION24 will be a series of multimedia installations using San Francisco’s 24 MUNI bus line to engage communities along its route in an exploration of survival, access, migration, and resilience. The project will showcase oral histories, photography and public archives while incorporating MUNI infrastructure as sites of public art.

We’re honored to be in such good company — Flyaway Productions, Galeria de la Raza, and Youth Speaks are 2018 fellow grantees. Please visit the Rainin Foundation’s website for more info about the Open Spaces program and all of this year’s winning projects.

Survival Project #1

By Rania Ho, Thy Tran, and Bryan Wu

Project Launch: Art Books, Tastings, and Food Demonstrations

The Survival Project #1 is an exploration of food and resilience. Delving into culinary traditions that sustained individuals through war and migration, this launch features limited-run folios and special food demonstrations. In Volume 1 of our project, we highlight resourceful preparations of local ingredients such as rice, cassava, pine, and dandelion.

Food traditions are vital to culture and community. Drawing from oral histories, including the experiences of their own families, the artists share recipes and techniques for coping with a range of crises. The Survival Project places the fundamental quest for nourishment within a larger historical context, showing the depth and capacity of human resilience.

The Survival Project launch will include food demonstrations and tastings. A limited number of the mini-folio art books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 20, 2017   5:00 – 7:00pm
Food demonstrations: 5:30 & 6:30pm
41 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA

Thank you: Earl Gonzalez, Denise Ho, Winifred and Eugene Ho, Michael Kressner, Chau Smith and Pearl Wong

Special thanks to:





Our project launch at 41 Ross Gallery:

Michael Kressner Photography

Volume 1 folios and famine kit: