On September 30, 2017 over 300 community members and families gathered on a sunny Saturday at the Bayview Opera House to engage the Bayview community and celebrate Wu Yee Children’s Services’ 40th anniversary. Attendees of the free community celebration enjoyed the upbeat, happy sounds of Jest Jammin, Chinatown’s premier soul band, interactive play from children’s musician, Mr. Rado, and performances from the Little Opera, an after-school arts mentoring program featuring selected pieces written and performed by students, grades 3-6.
Numerous community partners offered resources and information along with crafts, games and activities. These include:
EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park
Artist & Craftsman Supply San Francisco
San Francisco Public Library - Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library
Community Youth Center of San Francisco
City College of San Francisco
Open Door Legal
SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Police Department
Jumpstart San Francisco
Parents, kids, and members of the community enjoyed playing with hula hoops, a parachute, bubbles, and face paint. Blackberry Soul provided nutritious food, and a photo booth with fun props by was made available by Heirloom Photo Booths to memorialize the event in film for all who attended.
A thought-provoking art installation, Our Children Rising, provided historical context to Wu Yee’s inception and growth throughout its 40 years. The interactive exhibit features audio of Wu Yee’s founders, a slideshow of the early days of Wu Yee, notes of how Wu Yee has impacted San Francisco’s children and families, and a call to San Francisco’s politicians and leaders to consider Wu Yee’s impact in their policy decisions.
A million thanks to our staff, volunteers, in-kind donors, and event sponsors. Without you, this event would not be possible!
We can only hope for Wu Yee Children’s Services’ 50th Anniversary celebration to be as fun, energetic and well-attended. We hope to see you all there!