Creative Voices

Creative San Rafael is a collaborative effort of arts and business organizations located in downtown San Rafael to enrich and enliven the area as an arts destination.








I strike the ground with the soles of my feet and life rises up my legs, spreads up my skeleton, takes possession of me, drives away distress and sweetens my memory. The world trembles.

– Isabelle Allende
We invite you to take a photo – stop another passerby and ask them to take your picture or pose with a friend. Think about the quote and catch a butterfly or take a leap... Email us your pose in front of the C Street window.


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Art and Community Engagement 

Spring ’15, Lynn Sondag and Julia van der Ryn co-taught a one-unit class, “Art and Community Engagement” and joined forces with a local initiative called Creative San Rafael. Lead partners include Youth in Arts, the City of San Rafael, the Business Improvement District, Art Works Downtown and the Fortnight Collective.

Lynn designed the class project as part of the Creative Voices, an initial phase of the city arts campaign. Creative Voices is a series of partnered projects all anchored in quotes by visual artists, musicians, writers, and poets who have lived in San Rafael. 

It was a beautiful sight to see any preconceptions we had surrounding the members of the other group, what we Dominican students expected about the Downtown Streets Team and vice versa, fall away as we focused on the task at hand.
– Jenae Casalnuovo, Liberal Studies Major '18

About our Creative Voices Project

Dominican students and faculty collaborated with members of San Rafael’s Downtown Streets Team, a current Service-Learning partner. Downtown Streets Team mission is to end homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Serving the community through work teams prepares members for permanent employment and housing.

Twelve Dominican students joined six members of Downtown Streets Team to create visual interpretations of quotes that express important insights into shared human experience. Our students and the Downtown Streets Team members worked together in groups, each forming a collective visual response to a specific quote in a two-window “diptych”. The final designs may be viewed at 1301 Fourth Street in San Rafael. Read more about our project in the news.