SF arts school named after famous artist 

Following a heartfelt meeting Tuesday in which tears were shed by a member on the Board of Education, the board voted to rename San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School the Ruth Asawa San Francisco High School of the Arts.

Asawa is a world-famous artist who led the effort to establish the school in 1981, the San Francisco Unified School District said.

She also “created the Alvarado Arts Workshop and helped establish the ‘artists in the schools’ model of public school arts education, which has become a benchmark for arts education in American schools,” it said.

Asawa’s artwork can be found at the Japantown mall, Ghirardelli Square, the de Young Museum and the Grand Hyatt Plaza, it said.

“Ruth Asawa San Francisco High School of the Arts serves more than 900 students who study the visual, performing and creative arts by integrating these subjects into a traditional curriculum and working closely with artists-in-residence,” the district said.

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