Meet our Grantees – John Bela – Victory Garden

In addition to telling you about our current Grant-to-Artist’s recipients, sometimes I will be introducing you to our prior recipients, and what they are doing now, and how they are growing as artists.
Last year I had a chance to interview John Bela, who is one of the founding artists of REBAR, the artist’s collective that first conceived of PARK(ing) Day. Their Parkcycle was part of our Grants-to-Artist Program in 2007, and REBAR was one of our honorees at our 2008 Black Rock Arts Foundation’s Fundraiser – Flip Your Lid. John is a delight, smart and commited to making the world more walkable, greener, and this is his new project!

San Francisco Victory Garden

Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor, takes his turn with the trowel

After 10 days of incredible action—sod removal, bed and ground preparation, installation of irrigation lines and fencing, the building of a fantastic soap box—the lawn in front of San Francisco’s City Hall was transformed into the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden. It was a perfect planting day as 150 volunteers helped moved nearly 4,000 plants into their new homes. Teams divided into zones with their leaders and peacefully planted lettuce, tomatoes, beans, herbs, flowers and so much more. Good thoughts and prayers (including those from the next-door religious meeting) were had by all. Together, we built a “garden of communities,” as Victory Garden Manager John Bela calls it.
Written By Naomi Starkman

photos: Scott Chernis

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