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Making Room for Art

In the San Francisco Bay Area's red-hot real estate market, it isn't always easy to make room for art. But all of the artists you'll meet in this episode of Spark are finding ingenious ways to do just that.

Our first story is like a scene out of MTV's "Real World": budding young opera stars, living cheek to jowl in a one-of-a-kind residence program. It's Opera San Jose's answer to the affordable housing crisis.

In our second story, we travel to Bayview Hunter's Point in San Francisco, where former teacher and lawyer Villy Wang is putting lifelong convictions to the test, turning a warehouse into the new home of BAYCAT, a program in art and technology that targets underserved urban kids.

And finally, we'll take to the streets of San Jose to check out Phantom Galleries, part of a nationwide trend to counter the effects of urban blight by filling vacant storefronts with the work of local artists.

[Original air date: Wed, Apr 07, 2004]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.



Featured Profiles:

BAYCAT

Travel to Bayview-Hunter's Point, where BAYCAT is trying to turn a warehouse space into a kids' program in art and technology.

Opera San Jose

Drop-in on budding opera stars living cheek by jowl in a one-of-a-kind residence program -- Opera San Jose's answer to the affordable housing crisis.

Phantom Galleries

Hit the streets of San Jose to check out Phantom Galleries.

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