"Silent James Live Illustration was better than I ever could have imagined! Most people learn visually, and this is so helpful."
Leisa Boswell, Financial Services at SF LGBT Center
I have the dream job of getting to live illustrate meetings that have a positive impact on my community! For Economic Justice Month, the financial services group at the SF LGBT Center hosted a series of workshops, events, and panel discussions. The center has been very active in my neighborhood on issues which affect so many of us. Housing is a big challenge in San Francisco, many tenants can't afford the sky rocketing rents and are afraid of being priced out of their current homes. What are your rights as a tenant? What do you do when you have a problem with the landlord? What if you get an eviction notice? All of these questions and more were addressed in a panel discussion that I live illustrated.
Leisa Boswell and Tommi Avicolli Mecca gave a nice overview of the assistance offered by the SF LGBT Center and the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. Neighborhoods like the Castro and the Mission have been targets of mass displacement. Tommi believes we must tackle the root of the problem: "housing is a commodity, not a right".
The audience was composed of my neighbors and fellow citizens, and they had plenty of questions for the panelists! Many of the issues brought up were challenges I've dealt with since moving to San Francisco. The most important takeaways are...
get everything in writing (certified mail with return receipt)
take every notice seriously
fight an eviction that is served to you.
All of the passionate attendees found the discussion and my live illustrations extremely valuable. These are serious topics, and people are dealing with constant pressures - my illustrations gave visuals to their voices. They felt heard, and that gives people strength and hope. The physical murals are on display in the SF LGBT center, and the digital files have been shared with the group and to a wider audience on social.
Have a meeting, conference, tradeshow, or party? I support events of any size, from Fortune 500 companies to Non Profits. Consider having me live illustrate your words, and let's make a memory together!