Crafting a Narrative Inside & Out

By David John Chávez, with Sean San José

As part of Substrate Arts’ Launch Party held at Magic Theatre in June 2023, Substrate Arts co-founder David John Chávez spoke with Sean San José, artistic director of Magic Theatre and co-founder of Campo Santo.

Fence Me In: A Sonoma County Story

By Hiya Swanhuyser

“Sonoma County children both growing and grown share memories of the Running Fence…They don’t notice it lining the community center ceiling to baffle sound. They sell the livestock they’ve raised in front of it. If they do notice it, they wonder why it’s so huge, and what it’s made of, and why it’s so oddly unlikely to catch fire, although if you really try you can set it on fire a little.”

Lowriding with J.J.

By David John Chávez

“The burgeoning Chicano culture, lowrider cars and bikes, Lowrider Magazine, which published for the first time in 1977 and a firm commitment to a whole new fashion for brown kids everywhere made for the perfect time for the 18-year-old Amaya to move his fledgling audience in a whole new direction.”

Through the Trapdoor with Richie Rhombus

By Benjamin Wachs

“Something unique about San Francisco,” they said slowly, “is its interest in tracing community based thinking and networking as part of its artistic process. Community efforts and outreach are almost always included in art experiences. No matter what the project, there’s usually some attempt to bring people together in some ways.”