G.K. Calahan

GK Callahan creates cultural change through social engagement, with a focus on humanitarian issues related to public health. As an art administrator, artist, and community engagement professional, GK has over ten years’ experience working in the community arts field. Earning his MFA in social practice at California College of the Arts and his BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He built expertise in cultural development through work with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the City of San Francisco. He founded Please Touch Garden in San Francisco (2010), an outdoor community space that addresses urban agriculture, arts, and disabilities. He is the co-founder and primary producer of Contracting an Issue, an international social awareness art project that explores the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS. Currently, GK works as a Community Arts and Development Specialist for the University of Missouri, focusing on economic and community development in Missouri.

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