Yearly Archives: 2016

San Francisco Nonprofits Secure Long-Term Leases with One Million in funds

31 social & arts organizations to receive awards from the City

San Francisco, CA, December 16, 2016 —The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission with key partners today announced grants of over $1 million to support 31 social service, child care and arts nonprofit organizations s as part of the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. In total, 76 community organizations have received $4.5 million over the past two years in financial awards and real estate services to secure long-term leases and affordable spaces while continuing to provide vital services to residents.

“San Francisco’s nonprofit organizations are essential partners that advance shared prosperity, provide vital safety net services and cultivate the creativity and advocacy of all residents in our communities. Together, we are taking on intractable challenges and strengthening a community built on San Francisco values,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits, including the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund, which was unanimously approved by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors in October 2014. The Mayor’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 budget includes an additional $6 million investment to help nonprofits start, stay and grow by providing real estate assistance, including new resources to help acquire permanent space, explore shared spaces and form strategic partnerships.

“Under the direction of Mayor Lee, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development works to implement the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to find and secure space in San Francisco for nonprofits. Our goal is to ensure these vital social service and arts agencies stabilize and grow within the community so that residents continue to benefit from the work of these institutions that employ more than 116,000 people,” said Todd Rufo, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

In order to expedite the technical assistance services and financial assistance support for organizations in need, the City selected the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) in partnership with the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and Urban Solutions to manage the recent financial awards through a competitive process. The 31 social service and arts nonprofits that received financial awards and technical assistance through the City’s partners include:

–    Twenty-four social service awardees that provide child care, health services, legal assistance, and education to low-income seniors, veterans, homeless, families and youth in San Francisco: A Better Way; Bay Area Legal Aid; California Institute of Integral Studies; California Childcare Resource & Referral Network; EARN, Inc.; Homebridge; Homeless Youth Alliance; Instituto Familiar de la Raza; Mission Childcare Consortium; Mission Graduates; New Door Ventures; OneJustice; Pangea Legal Services; Portola and Excelsior Family Connections; Positive Resource Center; Project Inform; Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team (SMART); San Francisco Community Land Trust; San Francisco Conservations Corps; Success Center San Francisco; Tax Aid; Tenants Together; Western Addition Community Technology Center and Working Solutions

–    Seven arts organizations that promote a wide range of cultural resources and programming, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions, arts education and workshops:
Cartoon Art Museum; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society; Golden Thread Productions; ITVS; SafeHouse for the Performing Arts; Center for Sex and Culture; San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

These grants are one component of the City’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, a collaborative effort that was launched in response to the recommendations of the Nonprofit Displacement Working Group, a group of 14 nonprofit representatives who worked with members of ten city departments to research and prioritize solutions to fortify the nonprofit sector.

“These important investments will help ensure that San Francisco’s vibrant arts and culture scene continues to thrive for years to come. Safe, welcoming and accessible arts spaces are critical to keeping San Francisco a unique and creative city, and the Arts Commission commends these organizations on their efforts to establish long-term homes,” said Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs.

With increasing demands for government services, the City’s nonprofits often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and th needs of residents and their constituencies.  In 2015-16, the city’s collective financial investment in nonprofits increased by more than $48.8 million, the largest increase in more than 10 years.

Examples of nonprofits that have secured space with support from this round of awards are:

•    San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), which made a pragmatic decision to consolidate space to manage their occupancy costs in this market. Through City assistance, they secured a 5-year lease with a 5-year renewal option at 526 Castro Street and received funding for tenant improvements to the space so that it can best meet their needs. Founded in 1978, SFGMC was the first choral organization to courageously proclaim its orientation in its name and is credited with helping start the LGBT choral movement that now spans the entire globe. Its mission is to create extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism and compassion.
•    Homeless Youth Alliance, which secured a 5-year lease with a 5-year renewal option and opened a new administrative space on Haight Street. The organization works with approximately 2,000 youth annually, aged 13-29, who live on the streets in the Haight-Ashbury and Castro districts, meeting them where they are at and helping them build healthier lives.
•    Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), which was nearly displaced from its current space on Mission Street, but was able to come to an agreement on a 5-year lease. Founded in 1978, Instituto Familiar de la Raza works to support the mental and physical health of Chicano/Latino, multicultural/multiracial families, and youth and adults.
•    The Cultural Conservancy, which successfully renewed its lease at the Thoreau Center in the Presidio for a 5-year term. Its mission is to protect and restore indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on their ancestral land.

“Homeless Youth Alliance closed the doors of its drop-in center on Christmas Day, 2013 and has inquired about over 160 leases since then. This grant and the generous contributions from individuals provide some much-needed stability to secure an administrative space as we continue building toward a new, permanent home for all our services,” said Mary Howe, Executive Director of Homeless Youth Alliance. “While this is a huge milestone for us, finding a safe space that our young people can access and call their own is still our major goal.”
For a complete list of grantees and awards, please visit:

The Northern California Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit lender and consulting organization headquartered in San Francisco which provides financing, financial expertise, and socially responsible investment opportunities that benefit hundreds of community-based organizations serving low income people in Northern and Central California.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) secures space and works with community arts organizations to help develop and strengthen their financial and organizational capacity to purchase permanent facilities and navigate complex real estate issues. By collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, civic leaders, funders and artists, CAST celebrates, promotes, and preserves artistic and cultural traditions and innovations. Its goal is to ensure that San Francisco remains a vibrant and thriving home for arts organizations that sustain creativity, community participation, economic development and neighborhood stability.

Through 1:1 technical assistance to small businesses, workshops to support business owners, leasing services and neighborhood revitalization programs, Urban Solutions makes visible impact, from open storefronts that transform blighted vacancies to proud small business owners who support their families and their city. Urban Solutions’ overarching goal is to build strong neighborhoods, one business at a time.

Media Contacts: Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
T: (415) 252-2229 E:

Gloria Chan, Office of Economic & Workforce Development
T: (415) 554-6926, E:


The San Francisco Arts Commission presents an extensive exhibition of work by legendary 60s rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall and a new Market Street Poster Series featuring contemporary perspectives on the Summer of Love by local artists

Jerry Garcia in Golden Gate Park © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2016 –As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will offer two opportunities for the public to reflect on this historical event. Opening on January 26 at City Hall, Jim Marshall: Summer of Love features 80 works by the iconic photographer taken during his time in San Francisco in the 1960s. Starting in spring 2017, the Arts Commission’s popular Art on Market Street Poster Series will explore the Summer of Love and its cultural impact through contemporary work by local artists Sarah Hotchkiss, Kate Haug and Deborah Aschheim.

“Most people associate the Summer of Love with sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, but it was also the culmination of a number of radical shifts in San Francisco’s cultural landscape that encouraged the democratization of art, bringing it out of traditional institutions and into the street and local communities,” noted Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “These developments shaped the San Francisco Arts Commission’s mission to ensure equal access to the arts throughout the city, so we felt it was important to engage with the anniversary by presenting artworks that reflect this historic event in some of the city’s most public spaces.”

In a 2014 article in The New York Times, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz called Jim Marshall, “the rock ‘n’ roll photographer.” During his over 50-year career he created more than 500 album covers and captured iconic and candid portraits of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and countless others. Jim Marshall: Summer of Love was organized by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler who oversees the Art at City Hall Program. According to Shiffler, “Jim Marshall’s work is truly iconic. His images are permanently part of our collective vision of the 1960s. This exhibition is a treasure trove of photographs that capture the vibrancy of the Haight and the various scenes and movements that occupied San Francisco during that pivotal time in history. What makes Marshall’s work special is that he was a part of the scene he was photographing so the images are intimate, immediate and raw.”

The popular Art on Market Street Poster Series features new work by local artists on an annual basis shown in the bus kiosks along Market Street between the Embarcadero and 8th Street. With the advent of the 50th anniversary, the Arts Commission invited artists to reexamine the Summer of Love. The selected artists, Sarah Hotchkiss, Kate Haug and Deborah Aschheim will each present very distinct takes on the event. Hotchkiss examines the “diverse Bay Area political, cultural and social scenes of 1967” through local mainstream and underground media published during that period, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Haight Ashbury Free Press and the Black Panther’s Black Community News Service. Haug’s posters are a series of Sumer of Love trading cards featuring an array of personalities who were influential in the Bay Area during the Summer of Love era, including Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, poet Lenore Kandel, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Emory Douglas and others. Aschheim explores the “intersection of political and social utopian ideas that drew people to San Francisco” through detailed pen and ink drawings of protestors, the Diggers and the Black Panther community.

In addition to the exhibition at City Hall, the Bay Area audiences can also see work by Jim Marshall in two concurrent projects. American Civics is a collaboration between Shephard Fairey and Jim Marshall Photography, LLC. Fairey has interpreted Marshall’s portraits of icons such as Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez and Fannie Lee Chaney, as human faces behind enduring social issues such as voting rights, mass incarceration, and worker’s rights. These images are on two billboards in San Francisco, with more coming in 2017.

Marshall’s portraits also grace the windows of the San Francisco Unified School District building across the street from the SF Jazz Center on Franklin Street. The installation features photos of legendary jazz musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Anita O’Day, Charles Mingus, Vi Redd, and Nina Simone, among many others. The installation will be on view through May 2017.

The award winning book, The Haight: Love, Rock And Revolution, by Joel Selvin with photography by Jim Marshall is another fantastic resource on the counter culture movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s.

Jim Marshall: Summer of Love
Locations: San Francisco City Hall: Ground Floor + North Light Court banners
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.



September 16, 2016

Kate Patterson
San Francisco Arts Commission
T: 415-252-4638 E:

Meg Shiffler, SFAC Galleries Director
T: 415-252-2234 E:


For the eighth year in a row, the SFAC Galleries’ popular PASSPORT event will feature original work by leading Bay Area  contemporary artists

Chinatown – October 23, 2016, noon – 4 p.m.

WHAT: The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) is hosting its signature event, Passport, on Sunday, October 23, 2016. This unique event puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public. By bringing local artists into neighborhood venues, Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. Walking throughout Chinatown, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot Bay Area artists while discovering the small businesses that line one of the Mayor’s Invest in Neighborhoods corridors.

Seventeen emerging and established artists will participate this year including: Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Richard Colman, Dragon School, Ala Ebtekar, Adam Feibelman, Mik Gaspay, Tanja Geis, Cathy Lu, Terry Luk, Monica Lundy, Mads Lynnerup, Golbanou Moghaddas, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Johanna Poethig, Xiaoxiao Zeng, Julia Goodman and Hung Liu.

Artists will stamp passports at a variety of unique businesses and organizations in Chinatown, including: Chinese Cultural Center, Dragon Seed Bridal, Clarion Music Center, I-Hotel/Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Legion, Victor Tung Couture, 41 Ross and many more. The SFAC Galleries worked closely with the Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Culture Center to ensure that the entire Chinatown community is engaged in the event.

This fall is Passport’s eighth anniversary. SFAC Galleries has been able to support its mission of making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through this annual event. In the past, Passport has engaged Japantown (2015), The Mission: Calle 24 (2014), the Divisadero Corridor (2013), North Beach (2012), the Castro (2011), Hayes Valley (2010) and The Mission (2009), and worked with over 70 local Bay Area artists including Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, William T. Wiley, Enrique Chagoya and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, partnered with 90 San Francisco neighborhood businesses and venues, and managed hundreds of community volunteers.

WHEN: Passport Stamping Day: Sunday, October 23, noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Various locations in Chinatown

PASSPORT COST: $25.00 or $125.00 for a Concierge Passport


About SFAC Galleries

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist’s projects, the SFAC Galleries’ programs provide new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialogue. The SFAC Galleries was founded in 1970 and is the exhibitions program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Our programs include: Civic Design Review, Community Investments, Public Art, SFAC Galleries and Street Artist Licensing. To learn more visit,

The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, one of the 17 points of Mayor Lee’s plan for jobs and economic opportunity, provides focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to strengthen and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts around the City by marshaling and deploying resources from across multiple departments and nonprofit partners. These include economic development services such as loan programs, facade improvement grants, and technical assistance for small businesses. Invest in Neighborhoods is also leveraging other City services – from the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency, and other departments – that help small businesses thrive, increase quality of life, improve physical conditions, and build community capacity. Every neighborhood commercial district has its own unique needs, opportunities and challenges. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to deploy the specific services and resources that are most needed in each district.

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City Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Bayview Opera House After Extensive Renovations

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Historic building gets new life as vital arts hub for performing arts and community events and meets today’s ADA and seismic standards

Photo: Lauren Dyer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, joined by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, City department heads, and members of the Bayview community, cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater (BVOH). The celebration marked the end of an extensive renovation project that improved ADA access in and around the historic landmark and transformed the plaza adjacent to the building into a more inviting community gathering space for music and performing arts programs. See more images here.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to celebrate this historic milestone with the Bayview community,” said Mayor Lee. “This facility has been a beloved anchor in the community for generations. With improved access and a wonderful new public plaza where families can gather and enjoy live entertainment and celebrate life events, we are confident that the cultural center will continue to grow its audience and be a beacon for the dynamic Third Street corridor.”

The $5.7 million renovation was led by the San Francisco Arts Commission, which owns the property, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Disability, San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority. Renowned landscape architect and artist Walter Hood of Hood Design in partnership with TEF Design/Knapp Architects, Joint Venture oversaw the redesign of the plaza, which improves the streetscape of the entire intersection at Third and Newcomb.

The plaza expands the cultural center’s programming potential with a newly designed wood stage and permanent seating surrounded by sustainable landscaping, including a grassy area that was created especially for children’s activities and larger community-wide events.

“I am delighted and looking forward to seeing the Opera house re-opening, and witnessing the next generation of students and artist grow. The Bayview Opera House is a critically important and historic cultural institution for the City, nestled in the heart and soul of the Bayview,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, “I applaud the San Francisco Arts Commission and its partners, on this incredible transformation.”

The architects worked closely with the Mayor’s Office on Disability to develop a design that was sensitive to the historic character of the building, while making much needed upgrades for accessibility and functionality. The exterior entry staircase was enlarged and connected with elevated walkways to the side porch and back stage, creating a more operational and seamlessly accessible facility that improves circulation throughout the compound. Interior improvements include three fully accessible ADA restrooms and seismic stabilization of the historic balcony. Extensive dry-rot mitigation, resulted in an entirely new south facing wall, which is located behind the outdoor stage.

Deborah Frieden & Associates provided valuable consultation to ensure that the project captured the community’s priorities, served its primary purpose as an arts center and maintained the historic features of the building while meeting 21st-century needs.

According to Hood, “The design is owed in large part from the many meetings and conversations I had with members of the community who wanted to see an increase in access and a high quality, welcoming space, which I believe we’ve achieved in the creation of an elegant new entrance, an exterior glass walkway connecting the Newcomb Street entrance and the stage area, and enhanced program area. The community empowered us through their passionate appeal to ‘give the Opera House back to the community!’ The new design is inspired by this mantra…..the new walkways are the embrace of the community.”

“We know from the monthly ‘3rd on Third’ street celebration that bringing the arts out into the open and into the core of a commercial corridor can boost local business and bring a community together,” said San Francisco Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “Providing a beautifully designed plaza dedicated to the arts ensures that the community can now have a breadth of outdoor activities, from street festivals to fine arts. The new plaza is living proof that accessible design can be both functional and beautiful.”

“I am very excited and proud to be a part of this project as director of San Francisco Public Works and as a long-time resident of this neighborhood,” said Mohammed Nuru. “The Bayview Opera House is a community gem, the town center of our neighborhood. These improvements will ensure that one of San Francisco’s oldest buildings will continue to serve generations to come. As our neighborhoods continue to evolve, it’s important to have places like the Bayview Opera House to remind us of our history.”

Additional project support was provided by: OneSF, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Community Challenge Grant program, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure and Office of Economic and Workforce Development. This project also was made possible by the generous support of The Kaiser Permanente and the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation.

“We are excited to welcome the community back into the Bayview Opera House for the fall grand reopening. We can’t wait to activate the incredible new space with live performances and to see it continue to flourish as the neighborhood cultural hub,” stated Theo Ellington, BVOH Board Vice President.

About Walter Hood
Walter Hood, an artist, designer, and educator, is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood Design Studio, founded in 1992, engages landscape, urban site design and planning, art installations and research, unveiling the emergent beauty, strangeness, subjectivity, and idiosyncrasies of place. Walter and his work have been featured in publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Walter Hood’s own writings include his monographs “Urban Diaries” and “Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations,” which won an ASLA Research Award in 1996. Other writings appeared in the Princeton Press, “Diversity and Design,” Routledge, “The Mesh Book,” MIT Press, “Nordic Architecture and Landscape,” Archipress and “Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary,” Columbia Books.

About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Established by San Francisco’s City Charter in 1932, the SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of all new public infrastructure, stewarding the Cultural Equity and Cultural Center Endowments (totaling over $6 million in annual grant investments) and implementing San Francisco’s ‘2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Additionally, the SFAC manages San Francisco’s street artist licensing program as well as oversees the capital management of four city-owned cultural centers, three public exhibition spaces and San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, which includes over 3,500 objects worth an estimated $90 million.

About Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater
Built by the Masons in 1888, the BVOH, is the oldest standing theater in San Francisco and survived both the earthquake and fire in 1906. It is the first and so far only building in San Francisco’s District 10 to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. Run by the non-profit, Bayview Opera House, Inc., the facility is dedicated to providing arts education for at-risk youth year-round for free or at a low cost. The organization also presents many cultural events throughout the year for all ages, including art exhibits, concerts, plays and community celebrations, as well as the recently established 3rd on Third event.
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Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco Arts Commission, Kate Patterson
T: 415-252-4638 E:

Mayor Lee Announces Installation of Intrude Featuring Five Monumental Illuminated Rabbits, Enlivening Civic Center Plaza with Public Art

Friday, March 25, 2016
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco Arts Commission, 415-252-2229
Recreation & Park Department, 415-629-2559

Large-Scale, Temporary Public Art Installation by Artist Amanda Parer Installed in Civic Center Plaza to Celebrate Public Art & Celebrate Families

Image courtesy of Amanda Parer

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee with the San Francisco Arts Commission and Recreation & Parks Department today announce that San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza will host Intrude, a large-scale public artwork by artist Amanda Parer. The public artwork will activate the public space and be available to all of San Francisco residents and visitors to enjoy 24 hours, 7 days a week beginning April 4th through April 25th.  The highly acclaimed installation features five monumental nylon rabbits that are inflated to 23 feet high and internally lit at night.

“Public art highlights our City’s creativity and innovative spirit and improves the quality of life for our residents by providing free access to art, culture, and education opportunities,” said Mayor Lee. “We are proud to host Intrude, a remarkable family-friendly installation, and welcome these five rabbits to temporarily inhabit the heart of our City for all our families, residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The presentation of Intrude was a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Arts Commission, which runs one of the oldest and most respected public art programs in the country, the Recreation & Park Department and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Over the years, Civic Center Plaza has hosted a number of popular public art installations that have bolstered public interest and quality of life, use of the public space, and enhanced economic activity in and around the area in San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods. Additional support for Intrude was provided by MJM Management and Another Planet Entertainment.

“Great public art transforms the familiar into something magical, and Intrude excels in this regard,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The sheer contrast of these playful white rabbits with the Civic Center’s stately Beaux-arts architecture is so unexpected that it is sure to delight all who pay this exceptional installation a visit.”

“We’re excited to host Intrude, which will bring a whimsical delight to Civic Center Plaza,” said Recreation & Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “I thank the San Francisco Arts Commission for continuing to be a great partner and for promoting high-quality art in our parks and throughout the City.”

The City’s Civic Center is the next stop on the North American tour of Intrude, which has brought a joyful spirit to more than 19 major cities throughout the world, including London, Paris and Boston.

“I am thrilled for the bunnies to make their way across North America. I expect people will be drawn to the rabbits’ playful appearance, and I hope they will also take the time to understand the deeper meaning in the work and discuss how our actions impact the natural world in which we all live,” says Parer.

A civic dedication ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 9 a.m. on the Polk Street steps of City Hall across from Civic Center Plaza. Off the Grid is a partner for Intrude and will provide food trucks and music programming in the evening of April 5th and a small selection of food trucks for lunch and dinner for the entire duration of the exhibit.

About the Artist
Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. Her work features startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats. When viewing one of these iconic, mostly feral animals inhabiting a beautifully haunting landscape, the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted traditional technique in any of her chosen mediums, such as painting, sculpture and public installation. Originally from Sydney, Parer now resides in Tasmania where her work has been acquired by both public and private collections. She has been selected for notable national competitions including five times for the Blake Prize, as well as for the Glover Prize in 2008, 2012 & 2013. Parer has just completed a new light art installation called Fantastic Planet which was commissioned by Winter Lights Festival in London. Parer is currently developing a full exhibition at Harbour City Gallery in Hong Kong, which will open in October 2016 and include paintings, sculptures, and installation. She has also been commissioned to create a new public artwork for the inaugural Doha Festival in Qatar. Intrude has also been invited to be presented at the opening of the La Boverie, a new tourist attraction in Belgium that is both a fine arts museum and an international quality exhibition center. Intrude at La Boverie will be produced in collaboration with The Louvre Museum in Paris. For more information, go to:

Tom DeCaigny Elected to Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation

Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco will advise the U.S. Urban Arts Federation

IMG_09293 (2)SAN FRANCISCO – February 8, 2016 – Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny as a member of their executive committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). DeCaigny will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

Americans for the Arts’ USUAF is an alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation’s 60 largest cities. These leaders advocate, network, and meet to discuss the social, educational, and economic impact of the arts in their regions.

As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco DeCaigny leads the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Established by San Francisco’s City Charter in 1932, the SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of all new public infrastructure, stewarding the Cultural Equity and Cultural Center Endowments (totaling over $6 million in annual grant investments) and implementing San Francisco’s ‘2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Additionally, the SFAC manages San Francisco’s street artist licensing program as well as oversees the capital management of four city-owned cultural centers, three public exhibition spaces and San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, which includes over 3,500 objects worth an estimated $90 million.

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Tom DeCaigny to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud Mr. DeCaigny for his valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Potential council members were nominated in mid-September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 12, 2015. DeCaigny will serve a three-year term ending on December 31, 2018.

“I look forward to joining my peers across the country in shaping innovative cultural policies that promote the values of cultural equity, ‘creative place-making’ as well as ‘creative place-keeping’,” says DeCaigny. “As a representative of San Francisco, which is known for its incredibly robust technology industry as well as its high cost of living, I look forward to exchanging ideas with my colleagues on how technology can enhance the arts sector as well as how we can overcome some of the affordability challenges affecting artists as a result of rapid urbanization.”

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

Mayor Lee Announces Armistead Maupin as Recipient of 2016 Mayor’s Art Award

Monday, February 1, 2016
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco Arts Commission, 415-252-4638

Acclaimed Author of “Tales of the City” Receives San Francisco’s Highest Artistic Honor

Photo: Christopher Turner

Photo: Christopher Turner

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Armistead Maupin, local icon and acclaimed author of the Tales of the City series, has been named to receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award. Mr. Maupin will receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award on Tuesday, March 29 at a fundraising reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“It is my great honor to recognize author Armistead Maupin with the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award,” said Mayor Lee. “His groundbreaking series Tales of the City helped introduce LGBTQ culture to the mainstream and contributed to San Francisco’s image as a compassionate city that celebrates diversity and where all are welcome. He is truly a San Francisco icon, and we are immensely grateful for his innumerable contributions to our City’s cultural history.”

“Armistead Maupin is synonymous with San Francisco,” said ArtCare Board Chair Meg Spriggs. “On behalf of the ArtCare board, we are thrilled to host a gala celebration honoring Mr. Maupin’s incredible artistic legacy and to shine a spotlight on the important role the arts play in our civic life. San Francisco would not be San Francisco without Mr. Maupin and all of the other artists who call this city home.”

“Armistead Maupin is a hero to many in the LBGTQ community,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “Throughout his life, he has given back to his adopted city and community whether it be championing gay rights through his art or supporting LGBTQ youth. He is most deserving of the Mayor’s Art Award.”

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking “Tales of the City” serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maupin is the author of eleven novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. The Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. The Tales of the City books have been translated into ten languages, and there are more than six million copies in print.

Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner. Over the years, Maupin has been involved with advocating for gay rights and has actively supported a number of organizations with a mission to advance the lives LGBTQ youth and adults.

This is the fifth Mayor’s Art Award to be bestowed on a San Francisco artist. Previous awardees are: Ruth Asawa (visual art); Alonzo King (dance); Carlos Santana (music); Rhodessa Jones (theater). This is the first time a writer is being honored with the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award.

Maupin adds this award to other accolades including Lambda’s Pioneer Award (2012); Litquake Barbary Coast Award (2007); a Big Gay Read Literature Festival, UK Best Gay Read Award (2006); Outfest Legacy Visionary Award (2004); Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Book Award (2001); Capital Award presented by GLAAD Media Awards (1999); Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (1997); and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

This year’s Mayor’s Art Award will be bestowed during a reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, in conjunction with the presentation of the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award.