|Photo: Sarah Cross, Orange Photography|
We want SFMOMA be an open, warm place where everyone in our community feels welcome to experience the creative power of contemporary art. Where Art Can Take You: The Campaign to Transform SFMOMA will provide support for our efforts to connect with our community in new ways and share our passion for making the art of our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. For example, new spaces and investment in endowment through the Campaign will create opportunities to almost triple the number of K-12 students who visit SFMOMA, from 18,000 to 55,000 each year. Through the Campaign, the experience of art at SFMOMA will pulse through the lifeblood of the community.
Art encounters for schoolchildren are at the core of our commitment to the community. Students in the San Francisco Unified School District represent an amazing diversity of experiences — 44 different languages are spoken, and over one quarter of the students speak English as a second language. Through the education programs powered by the Campaign to Transform SFMOMA, they will all share the common visual language and personal experiences of modern art.
Art for All is our program to make the museum open and accessible to all members of the public, and to commission new public art on a regular basis that enlivens each visitor's experience. We will offer an integrated experience of art in our new galleries and reconfigured entrance spaces, free of charge to the public. Newly commissioned works of art will offer people the promise of a fresh visual encounter with every visit. The expanded museum will offer over 41,000 square feet of public space — almost six times more than before the expansion.
The museum expansion includes a versatile, double-height "white box" space on the fourth floor equipped with cutting-edge lighting and sound systems. In tandem with the museum's upgraded Phyllis Wattis Theater, the "white box" space will open new doors for SFMOMA's program of live art. The expanded museum will offer 7,300 square feet of space for performances — more than twice as much as before the expansion.
These are just some examples of the ways SFMOMA will open its doors widely to welcome in the world.
Learn about supporting SFMOMA's transformation. Or contact the Development Office at 415.357.4087.