Residency Project: Hunter Franks

Our second quarter resident Hunter Franks is well under way with his project he’ll be focusing on during his residency. He wanted to share with Makeshifters what he has been up to. If you missed the introduction to our residents, you can read about them here.



The Bayview neighborhood is tucked into an isolated Southeast corner of San Francisco. Most San Franciscans don’t have a reason to go to there. They only know what they see on the news — violence, drugs, and poverty. But there is much more — a strong sense of family, community, and a deep desire to improve the neighborhood.

I’m working to show San Franciscans the full picture of the Bayview. I’ve been lucky enough to work with youth in the Bayview in the past and now I’m going to use participatory art to tell their story. Participatory art engages the viewer directly in the creative process, transforming them into a co-creator and resulting in a uniquely intimate insight into their world. Getting to know their thoughts and feelings allows others to gain a deeper understanding of their challenges and aspirations.

I’ll be telling the story of youth in the Bayview using participatory photography, a process which combines photography with self-development, creative expression and grassroots social action. I’ll be working with teenagers at the Bayview YMCA, teaching them basic photography skills and empowering them to creatively tell their stories. The project will culminate in a celebratory event in the Bayview, as well as the production of a small book containing the photos and stories of the youth.

This project will begin the process of breaking down barriers by allowing a larger audience to get to know the lives, struggles, and joys of youth in the Bayview. Who knows? It might just convince you to go spend a day exploring the Bayview.

I would love to chat about this project or others. Get in touch at and keep up-to-date on the project via Twitter.




Thank you, Hunter, we are looking forward to see how the project progresses through your residency!


Intern Panel recap

from Nicole Delger…

I was thrilled to moderate a panel last night at Makeshift Society. Here the one-sentence bios of the smart women talking about their own experiences:

Sarah Stevenson – An Interior Designer with experience managing interns –

Laura Monfredini – Employment Lawyer and photographer: Please note this statement from Laura, “My statements and opinions are my own and don’t reflect those of my current or former employers.”

Ashely Mosley –Community Engagement Manager at

Nicole Delger (Moderator) – Brand Strategist, currently managing a “virtual intern” and has experience managing from her days working in advertising. and About.Me/NicoleDelger

I have also included some great resources and links that came from our conversation below:

From Ashley of InternMatch: “You can find links to employer resources here and details on their compensation guide here.

From Laura we’ve included a couple of links that will help people with protecting their IP. She also notes: “The kind you need will depend on what people are doing for you, but the two main types are getting a copyright assigned (generally for visual/written work) and getting “inventions” assigned (if someone develops code for you or a business process, for example). These forms are pretty good, but I always caveat that it’s a good idea to work with a business lawyer about your specific company & needs.”

From me: I have a guide on how to write an internship description and how to write an internship work agreement.”

I’d love to hear about your own experience (both as an intern and manager), so leave a comment below!