San Francisco - Creative Placemaker and Artist
Hunter Franks has a very colorful perspective, and magnetic personality. He can make an hour conversation feel like 10 minutes. The way he talks about the passed-by, forgotten and entirely empty spaces of a city as spaces to play, stoke the imagination and catalyze community is truly inspiring. He helps you to see possibilities instead of problems. Not that he has the time for this, but, if Hunter taught a Skillshare class on creative placemaking, we'd be the first to sign up.
TSP: Can you tell us a little bit about where you've been?
HF: I grew up in the diverse sprawl of Los Angeles, forging friendships with kids from different neighborhoods, different income levels, different cultures. I walked on two lane highways and backroads through the California desert into New Mexico, searching for stories. I got lost. Again and again and again. I came to San Francisco with the goal of continuing what had fueled my travels — to meet people of different backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles. I've simply followed what I believe in and what I love. The rest works itself out.
TSP: Would you mind sharing more with regards to where you are, currently?
HF: I am an artist. I use creativity to build community. My participatory projects create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and catalyze connections between people and communities. I am the founder of the Neighborhood Postcard Project, a worldwide participatory project that collects personal positive stories from residents in marginalized neighborhoods and sends them out to random local residents to foster community connection. I am also the founder of the League of Creative Interventionists, a global network of people working to build community through creativity.
TSP: How about where you hope to go next?
HF: I want to create a movement. I want to inspire and enable people all over the world to use creativity to build strong, resilient communities. I want to make it fun and meaningful to talk to strangers.
TSP: That's truly awesome. Would you tell us how you plan to realize your future aspirations?
HF: The League of Creative Interventionists will establish chapters in cities all over the world. These chapters will foster strong and accessible creative placemaking communities in each city. League chapters will carry out a creative intervention in public space around a shared theme once a month.
TSP: How can we, The Somewhere Project community, can help you make the next step towards your future aspirations?
HF: Join the League of Creative Interventionists or start a League chapter where you live at www.creativeinterventionists.com