WENDY TESTU

  • PRACTICE : Multi-Media Installation & Arts Administration
  • FROM : USA
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Wendy Testu comes from a long line of educators, activists and environmentalists. Born and raised in Mt. Shasta, California She moved to San Francisco when she was 17 years old to attend design school. She has worked in the realms of clothing design, painting, ceramics, sculpture, installation art and film. Wendy values experimental work that brings communities together to explore culturally relevant issues and prefers to work on long-term projects where the art-making involves youth and speaks about environmental and social justice issues.

Wendy is the creator of the two-year community engagement project, Welcome to the NeighborHOOD, a collaboration with youth from Literacy For Environmental Justice and several artists showing the issues facing the Bayview / Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. She’s received grants from the San Francisco Department Of The Environment, the San Francisco Arts Commission, The LEF Foundation, The San Francisco Foundations-Koshland Program, and The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Wendy also recently was the recipient of a National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship.

For the past four years she has managed, taught and trained parents for the parent lead visual arts programs at the Leonard R. Flynn public elementary school in San Francisco. In the future Wendy plans on committing her time to bridging the gap between non-profits, community organizations and inner city public schools by bringing art programming that will align itself with a school's curriculum, introduce themes of environmental and social justice and will teach youth community building through the process and collaborative creation of art.