September 16, 2016

Kate Patterson
San Francisco Arts Commission
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Meg Shiffler, SFAC Galleries Director
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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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