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All the things that truly matter: love, kindness, creativity, beauty, joy.
Meet the first of our 2019 KABF Grant Recipients! More to come...
Artist Lilli Lanier
“I grew up folding origami with my grandma, aunts and great grandma and I enjoy continuing our family traditions. I like the geometric patterns and limitless possibilities origami offers. I also find it meditative and relaxing to fold origami." -- Lilli Lanier
Kelly Ann Brown’s passion for the arts was lifelong. She majored in art history in college and her bookshelves were always lined with the works of master artists like Mary Cassatt. Her godmother, Janice Lowry, was a talented artist whose work adorned Kelly’s walls and whose journals were acquired in July 2009 by The Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
With that in mind, Kelly Ann Brown Foundation (KABF) director/chair, Debra Hannula, met with Lilli Lanier and Lola Herrera in February of 2019. Lilli Lanier was born and raised in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. She is the granddaughter of renowned artist, Ruth Asawa, who is known for her elaborate wire sculptures, which can be seen in the permanent collection of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Ruth’s beautiful fountains, including The Mermaid in Ghirardelli Square, are found throughout the city, earning her the nickname “The Fountain Lady of San Francisco.”
Lilli grew up in a house across the street from Ruth and began assisting her grandmother on projects and workshops as a teenager. For the past fifteen years, in addition to her art, Lilli has been working as a teaching artist in the San Francisco Unified School District as well as for Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center and its Office of Education. Lilli works in a variety of mediums including origami, paint, wood, clay and metal. Lilli still lives in Noe Valley with her two children and counts her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins among her neighbors. Lilli wanted to showcase her art in her family’s neighborhood and chose Lola’s art gallery. Lola Herrera, dubbed the “Textile Queen of Noe Valley,” is a local artist as well as gallery owner. Each piece Lola creates is a wearable work of art, many of them hand painted and all made from luxurious textiles. Lola was thrilled to co-curate Lilli’s show at her art gallery with the Kelly Ann Brown Foundation.
Read more about Lilli Lanier and why she is a KABF Grant Recipient.
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have." -- Maya Angelou
UMO’s mission is to “stir the human spirit and incite the imagination by providing awe, challenge and inspiration through the original and compelling art that is UMO.” This critically-acclaimed performance company both inspires and fosters creativity by providing students with a variety of tools and a safe place to learn.
KABF was happy to continue to support the work of UMO in 2019. We were thrilled to learn from their Executive Director, Elizabeth Klob, that UMO was able to serve a record number of scholarship students over this past year.
Click here to read more about UMO.