What futures can we imagine for our city? For artist, educator, and activist Fredericko Alvarado, a future for San Francisco should be built with indigenous knowledge around the environment. Alvarado’s site-specific work Now We Are Here is inspired by the Wiphala, a multicolored, square flag that connects many indigenous Andean communities from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and has been adopted as the dual flag for Bolivia. The Wiphala is a symbol of unity for these communities and speaks to their ancestral knowledge and wealth. Alvarado believes our city can learn from this unity and bring us closer to its future by fostering a deeper awareness of our environment and conscious collaboration with the Earth.

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