The Children’s After School Arts program at Rooftop Elementary has long been a jewel famous amongst San Franciscans, but when their annual production caught the attention of NPR’s Ira Glass last year, their challenging and radical productions depicting socio-economic challenges facing kids today started conversations in households across the nation.
This town was once coined as the “cool, grey city of love” and yet, every day one wakes up to yet another action that would contradict that sentiment: a young man blown away by trigger happy police, waterlogged shanty towns under the freeway, a capricious mayor threatening to slash city
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As we’ve often surmised before, a quick glance at San Francisco on any given day is essentially an inventory of things we’ve lost. Sure, the legacy business closures and demolitions are reams long, but even longer and more crushing is the list of citizens expunged by either economic or even lethal force.
In the current citywide catastrophe, the Franciscans most at peril are most often the little ones. From SFUSD to CCSF, educators struggle to keep kids from falling through the cracks every day. SF’s Rooftop School is a haven for our town’s burgeoning creatives and when class is out the tutelage