Contributors shared their places where the feel or have felt belonging. Twenty-five of the places were commemorated with certificates installed in situ.
Some of these commemorated places are open to the public, and I encourage you to visit them.
3.9 Art Collective
Aquatic Park Cove
Women of the Resistance Mural Unveiling in Balmy Alley
The Bay Area
Home of Zheng Fang / 方政夫生的家
Joe Henderson Elementary
Kala Art Institute
La Cheim Behavioral Health Services
Mission Branch Library
Public Service Center
On Valentine’s Day, the UC Berkeley Public Service Center hosted a celebration for its commemoration as a place of belonging. UC Berkeley photo by Irene Yi.
The home of Rabbi Yonatan and Dr. Frayda Gonshor Cohen
February 21, 2017 San Leandro City Council Meeting.
The certificate is located in City Hall, inside the publicly-accessible lobby of the City Manager’s office.
Soccer Without Borders
South First Fridays
Lee Oscar Gomez (center) with Cherri Lakey (left) and Brian Eder (right) of Anno Domini Gallery, 366 South First Street, where the certificate is installed. Artwork in background by Bortusk Leer.
St. Agnes Church
St. Mary’s Center
Founded in 1966, The Stud is SoMA’s longest-running gay bar. Faced with a sharp rent increase in 2016, The Stud was in danger of permanent closure when it was purchased by an 18-person worker-owner cooperative.
Unity Queer Skate Day
To read contributors’ stories about their places of belonging, see 100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area.
Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Belonging Certificates #1–25, 2019, letterpress prints with calligraphy, 11 x 8.5 inches unframed, installed on location wherever possible. Photos by Christine Wong Yap unless otherwise noted. Developed as inaugural artist in residence at the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at UC Berkeley.