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What is The AlteredBarbie Exhibition?

Hi All, check out this great video created by Jody Banks.  This will introduce you to some of the many AlteredBarbie artists who have participated and supported the show.  

Radio Valencia and John Hell interview with the AlteredBarbie show

Included is a great link for interviews set up with John Hell at Radio Valencia.  You can hear live / canned some of the voices that have been a part of the alteredbarbie show past and present.  Have fun and thanks for staying tuned!  


Interview Here

Press Release: The 10th Annual San Francisco AlteredBarbie Exhibition 2012

 ChatterBox Arts International presents
The 10th Annual San Francisco AlteredBarbie Exhibition
Shotwell 50, San Francisco, CA 94103
10/24/2012 - 11/18/2012
Wednesday–Saturday 1-8, Sunday 1-5

Julie Andersen
Altered Barbie 2012 Curator/ Event Producer
16 Flood Ave., SF CA 94131
Jurors /Curators: Julie Andersen, Dana Marek, Ruby Pearl, Donna Davis
The 10th Annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Show.  AlteredBarbie is running for President and on campaign with or without AlteredKen!  

AlteredBarbie is running for President: Included are some of her campaigns!


AlteredBarbie Campaigns 2012


AlteredBarbie is the 99%


AlteredBarbie Creates!


AlteredBarbie uses hot glue guns, not real guns!


AlteredBarbie says corporations are Not people


AlteredBarbie says separation of Corp & State! 


AlteredBarbie says Recycle, Reduce & Reuse!


AlteredBarbie  says compost!


AlteredBarbie says Yes to alternative energy


AlteredBarbie says yes to "sparkle ponies" 


AlteredBarbie says yes to teachers unions. 


AlteredBarbie says No! to corporate education reform!


AlteredBarbie says Separation of Corp & the edu-state!


AlteredBarbie says “No” to Super Packs


AlteredBarbie Says “No” to Nuclear Power


AlteredBarbie Making Workshop With Ruby Pearl and SCRAP!


Think Barbie out of the Box!  Alter and recycle your own Barbie and or Ken by embellishing and/or building an environment. 


Price per participant:  $25.00 / 35.00 special for parents.  

This includes 2 Barbie dolls per person.  10 person min.  

Place: 50 shotwell in the Mission district of San Francisco.




CoSponsored by:

Juliana Sage: Long Plastic Hair

Juliana Sage

I am a spoken word artist and singer, for almost my whole life so far. thanks for listening to those who do.

Dr. Toy Endorses (Altered) Barbie for President


Dr Toy Endorses Barbie for President


Barbie would make an excellent candidate for President. It’s time for a qualified woman who can see both sides of the aisle to be a candidate.


Barbie has been around the world and back and knows foreign policy; she appreciates and is aware of domestic issues, knows how to keep workers busy, find and increase jobs, and expand employment. She knows the great issues facing the country. She can solve many problems as she shows her ability to collaborate and find solutions to our current and future challenges.




Barbie is on Campaign (with or without Ken)
Four more years! Are we on the cusp of a groundbreaking moment – wherein a woman, perhaps an Altered Barbie, will make it into the highest office in this country? In all countries around the globe? Altered Barbie has a message and a platform and she's ready to combat, contradict, and co-mingle with the likes of Mitt and Barack, Hillary and Sarah, with or without, Ken!

Submit 1-3 poems on the theme to alteredbarbie@gmail.com.

Please include the following directly in the body of your email submission: (no attachments please)

Sean Manzano reading at the 2010 AlteredBarbie Poetry night.

This is Sean Manzano leading the poetry reading at the 2010 AlteredBarbie Show. We are all looking forward to the 2011 AlteredBarbie Poetry Reading with you Sean! Thank you!

Kickstarter FUN-RAISER Launched!!!

A wonderful Kickstarter Fun-Raiser is now available so anyone can support AlteredBarbie 2011. Thank you for supporting this local creative re-use show!

Cynthia Tom A Place of her own

Cynthia Tom is bringing a place of her own to AlteredBarbie. If Barbie had a place that was her own what would it look like?

A PLACE OF HER OWN is a multi-phase, multi-venue arts project. The project poses the question, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?” and invites artists and the public to respond in a variety of ways.

Women, through necessity and parental or cultural training, learn to compromise themselves. Women often set aside their own needs to support others to the point of losing them. Rarely have women learned to reclaim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. What happens when we expand the parameters beyond the concept of a room and discover a place, in which the limitations are bound by the imagination and nothing more?

The conceptual frame work and long term goal of this project is to generate a creative place for women to reconnect with themselves and make their aspirations visible. This is not just a curatorial vision of Cynthia Tom's, but a lifelong passion.

Roaddawgz will be at the Artists Reception

Roaddawgz youth will create a variety of Altered Barbies for sale at the AlteredBarbie Exhibition 2011. 100% of sales of dolls go directly back to the youth! Know that your purchase supports an essential service in our community. It is a way of telling the youth they count and there is healthy support out there. Thank you Machiko for all you do!

The Roaddawgz mission is to empower homeless youth, build community, develop job and life skills through literary and artistic activities while providing vital services, information and referrals.

The Roaddawgz drop-in center is a highly unique, activity-driven, safe and supportive sanctuary for homeless youth who are writers, artists and musicians. We employ a peer-driven, harm reduction, self-help model and provide participants cash payments for their creative works and participation in our mentoring program, workshops, events and internships. The people we serve are between the ages 15 to 24. Our participants encompass all minorities including racial, sexual and gender.

The Roaddawgz Purpose-We are dedicated to help end homelessness, reducing homeless youth incarceration, hospitalization and preventable deaths by providing mental health support and creative and educational alternatives to criminal, dangerous and life threatening behavior.

The making of AlteredBarbie 2011

Altered Barbie 2011: The Making of......Organizing and Visual support Aritsts Include: