At SF Spanish, we help people improve their Spanish for either business purposes or simply because they love the language. For all levels of Spanish proficiency, we focus on strengthening conversational skills and grammar, and building vocabulary. We offer both private and small group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The volunteer guides at San Francisco City Guides don't just hit mandated talking points—instead, they each create their walking tours from scratch, highlighting their favorite corners of the city in the process. They currently host more than 70 unique tours for month, some of which explore the historic Castro district, while others ramble through Golden Gate Park or San Francisco City Hall. Regardless of the area, the guides focus on history and architecture rather than the length of the sidewalk cracks, a focus that has kept the tours popular since 1978.
Root Division is an organization of Bay Area artists working for a livable existence in an arts and arts education community.
Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation.
A figure sits, slightly curved, its exposed spine revealing the deep red roses that have sprouted from its backbone. Another figure gazes serenely down at the trio of multihued fish emerging from its rib cage. These aren't subjects in an artsy science-fiction film—these are sculptures from the mind and hands of Natasha Dikareva.
The visionary artist blends her imagination, ancient Greek mythology, and Eastern spiritual philosophies to invent darkly whimsical creations that challenge onlookers' relationships to reality. And she doesn't just keep her talents to herself—she helms hands-on workshops to teach others how to tap into their imaginations, whether they want to sculpt a simple teapot or form a mask to wear while picking their kids up from school.
When educator Nínive Calegari and author Dave Eggers settled on a storefront for their educational writing center 826 Valencia, they were required—due to zoning laws—to open a store in the space. They found that the interior of the former gym resembled a stripped-down ship—so they dubbed it the Pirate Supply Store. Behind this shop's whimsical stock of eye patches, glass eyes, and nautical-themed prints is the center’s real heart and soul: a writing lab filled with a reading tent, large worktables, and, of course, lots of books. The non-profit, bilingual center draws the talents of trained, volunteer tutors, who each help students aged 6-18 hone their writing skills and develop the formidable biceps of Charles Dickens. Tutors demystify the writing process through a range of free, project-based programs, such as writing workshops, after-school tutoring, and college-readiness programs. Most courses culminate in a student-created and published book, magazine, newspaper, or film—a process that encourages students to collaborate creatively and take ownership of their learning.
To propel students feet-first into the industry, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has designed a project-based curriculum that combines traditional classroom study with real-world training. The school's one-year program covers the filmmaking process from start to finish, including independent filmmaking in different genres such as fiction, commercials, documentary, and straight-to-Internet shorts of cats completing three-act emotional arcs without ever leaving their boxes. At the end of the project-based program, each student comes away with more than five completed projects that include a 30-second commercial and an 8- to 12-minute thesis film, plus crewing on an additional 25 or more student films. The school also leads shorter programs and workshops designed for the active student, film enthusiast, or veteran filmmaker. Workshops include one-day, two-week, five-week, and three-month filmmaking courses, and a six-month documentary filmmaking program, though few humans can stay awake for a full six month-long movie.