December 31 2020 at 02:00PM
January 2021 | Volunteer Spotlight: Ina Acuña
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. My dad is retired Navy and a huge golfer. My mother is a pediatrician who has inspired maybe 100 kids from Corpus from multiple generations to become doctors and nurses. I went to Boston University to study engineering. After graduation, I treated myself to 18 months in Italy for art school and to really “live” another culture and its language. My plan had been to live in a lot of different places after high school before deciding where to settle down. I’ve lived abroad and up and down both coasts of the U.S. San Francisco won, and I came back here in 2005. My husband and I met at work here in SF, and we have a five-year-old.
I started painting again a few years ago by taking classes at Sharon Art Studio. At the time, it was impossible to get a break as a new mom unless I left the house, so that’s where I went once a week. I discovered the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Sketchers this past summer, and it’s been a great way to rediscover San Francisco while the studio is closed. Drawing and painting is an exercise in mental restoration for me, to get out of your own head and immerse in your subject. I also play the piano, but my son is still at the age where he will take over after I play for a few seconds. We are able to sketch together now, though. I learned to start carrying a sketchbook for him with my art things because he started wanting to draw in mine when I started urban sketching.
For 2021, there will be a new rhythm of work and school for my family to get used to. I am also building out my sustainability team and hoping to distribute 50% of the workload to them. The webinar format has been successful for us and is working well for the speakers and attendees. We also recently received approval to spend the funds we raise through sustainability events to give back to the community. We will be using our 2020 funds for project materials to build garden plots for disadvantaged families as part of the 2021 SF Community Garden rebuild project at the Minnie and Lovie Ward rec center.
Don’t miss our great line up of sustainability topics and speakers for 2021!
• Jan 20 Datacenter Sustainability - Water and Wastewater Impacts with Dave McCabe of Carollo Engineers
• Feb 24 If You Build It, They Will Come. But Will They Stay? with Mei Ling Hui of SF Community Gardens
• March 24 Climate Change Affects Us All with Adrienne Pierce of Climate Reality
Planning for Climate Change March 2020