Tyra Fennell develops and implements programs for the San Francisco Arts Commission such as StreetSmARTS, a mural art program that celebrates the vibrancy of urban art by connecting established muralists with private property owners in order to deter property vandalism. Tyra also managed the San...Read more
Tyra Fennell develops and implements programs for the San Francisco Arts Commission such as StreetSmARTS, a mural art program that celebrates the vibrancy of urban art by connecting established muralists with private property owners in order to deter property vandalism. Tyra also managed the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Mayor’s Art Awards and is credited for starting SF49ers Vernon Davis’ Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, now the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts.
In 2013, Ms. Fennell began growing arts enrichment events as a vehicle to encourage economic growth in District 10. In this role, Tyra cultivates strategic partnerships, develops marketing strategies and program evaluation tools. She masterminded 3rd on Third, a reference to the third Friday of the month and the event location, Third Street. This project supports the economic growth of local merchants in Bayview by featuring a myriad of arts and culture activities. Tyra is currently developing Art in Storefronts 2.0, a program designed to fill vacant storefronts with visual arts, dovetailed with services. In addition, Ms. Fennell manages the T-Line MUNI poster art campaign. Other projects Tyra has spearheaded include Gayview Night Out and the Black Flight series in conjunction with MoAD Vanguard. This year there will be a focus on African-Americans in the tech sector. Tyra is responsible for securing a repurposed parking lot for the Bayview Town Center and is actively advocating for permanent decorative lighting down the Third Street Corridor and a Bayview Town Center website. These amenities will shine a greater light on the many emerging positive activations in the community and address public safety concerns.
Tyra currently serves as co-chair of the Bayview YMCA, board member for the New Leaders Council of San Francisco and on the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Vanguard Leadership Committee. Tyra is also on the advisory committee for Heron’s Head EcoCenter in District 10, an organization focusing on the environmental education field, serving as a model for green building, sustainable resource use, environmental justice, and experiential learning. In addition to the aforementioned organizations, Tyra is on the committee for San Francisco Beautiful Awards, a member of the Bayview Alliance, spearheaded by philanthropist Roselyn “Sissy” Swig and president and CEO of the YMCA San Francisco, Chuck Collins.
Please view Tyra’s blog, focusing on arts, culture and politics as part of the Registry Bay Area at tyrafennell.com.