Hi! I’m Christine. I’m an artist.
In December 2018, I invited anyone with a meaningful connection to the nine-county Bay Area...
...to share their story of belonging.
Maybe there is a place in the Bay Area where they feel (or have felt) a sense of belonging. I’ll letterpress print*, hand letter, and frame certificates to commemorate selected places of belonging.
Or, maybe they carry a sense of belonging with them. I’ll design and screenprint bandanas based on selected responses.
I’m also going to publish a book, which will launch at the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland in April 2019. It will feature maps and contributors’ stories about the places and senses of belonging.
If a contributor’s story is included, they’ll receive a copy of the book (if they included an email address).
If their story inspires a design, they’ll receive one of the bandanas.
I’ll also create a limited edition set of maps to exhibit.
The goal of The Belonging Project is to share the pivotal places, activities, communities, and experiences that shape Bay Area residents’ connectedness to a neighborhood and region. It’s a project led by artist Christine Wong Yap, artist-in-residence at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.
November–January 2, 2019
We’ll create the certificates and install them at places of belonging. We'll produce the bandanas, maps, and book.
April 8–10, 2019
We’ll present the project and release the book at the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland.
Christine Wong Yap is an artist in residence at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. She has explored belonging in smaller past projects. She creates projects that involve participation and research to better understand belonging, interdependence, connection, and optimism. She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. She has lived in the North Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay before relocating to Queens in 2010.
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, strategic communicators, policymakers, and community partners working to advance belonging for all members of society.
Sarah Hotchkiss sums up the project and its current state in “Christine Wong Yap Asks: Where Do You Feel a Sense of Belonging?” on KQED Arts (February 24, 2019).