San Francisco, CA (August 13, 2019) Culture for Community — a unique partnership of 14 arts and cultural organizations in the Yerba Buena neighborhood — presents the second Culture for Community Free Day on September 19, 2019.
Designed to highlight issues of importance to the community, the Culture for Community collaboration showcases the Yerba Buena arts district as one of the city’s premiere destinations, and increases accessibility to the neighborhood’s rich cultural offerings. Each Free Day focuses on a theme that resonates with the unique perspectives of the Bay Area community. The second Free Day of 2019 (the first was March 21) focuses on the importance of intergenerational connections and storytelling — Culture for Generations. It offers a full day of museum and gallery hopping in the Yerba Buena neighborhood, with each Culture for Community partner hosting special events and activities throughout the day.
A sampling of programs offered during Culture for Community on September 19 includes:
- MoAD’s open mic night celebrating the importance of intergenerational knowledge and storytelling will feature spoken word, playback theater and poets that span generations.
- The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will feature an outdoor salsa party at Jessie Square with Ricardo Lemvo who has honed an irresistibly grooving Afro-salsa sound, blending Congolese rumba and soukous with Cuban charanga and son.
- The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will offer an evening of Artist to Artist conversations on themes of intergenerationality, and complimentary admission to the West Coast premiere of The Body Electric.
- Crown Point Press will feature a presentation of new etchings by San Francisco sculptor, Gay Outlaw, accompanied by a companion exhibition featuring gallery artists from Crown Point’s long history.
- SFMOMA will offer Don’t! Photography and Art of Mistakes, an exhibition featuring generations of photographers who confronted the rules and constraints of photography. (Major support for SFMOMA Free Community Days are provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater and Concepcion S. and Irwin Federman. Generous support is provided by the Hao Family.)
- The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Night at the Jewseum will showcase Bay Area-born artist Daria Martin’s intergenerational dreamscape, Tonight the World.
The 14 organizations comprising Culture for Community range in size, mission, and scope, and involve visual arts organizations, cultural entities, and community focused groups, including:
- The American Bookbinders Museum in collaboration with The Mexican Museum of San Francisco, https://bookbindersmuseum.org/culture-for-community/
- California Historical Society, https://my.californiahistoricalsociety.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=1829
- Children’s Creativity Museum, https://creativity.org/
- The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), https://thecjm.me/2XrO9Rh
- Crown Point Press, https://crownpoint.com/
- Mirus Gallery, http://www.mirusgallery.com/
- Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), https://www.moadsf.org/event/open-mic-at-moad-9-2/?instance_id=15454
- SFMOMA, https://www.sfmoma.org/event/culture-for-community-free-day-2/
- SPUR, spur.org/events
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), https://ybca.org/
- Yerba Buena Alliance, https://yerbabuena.org/third-thursday/
- Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, https://ybgfestival.org/event/ricardo-lemvo-2019/
- 111 Minna, https://111minnagallery.com/
- SF Travel, https://www.sftravel.com/visitor-information-center
As part of the second Free Day, a number of the neighborhood’s top restaurants have also signed on as partners offering discounts and free menu items, and sharing the diverse cuisine of the Yerba Buena community. Participating restaurants include:
- B Restaurant and Bar
- Oren’s Hummus
- Trace at W Hotel
- Pizzeria Delfina
- MaSo at the Park Central Hotel
- Thirsty Bear
- SFMOMA’s 3 restaurants: Cafe 5, In Situ, Sightglass
The community can also access Culture for Community’s website for program and logistical information for each venue and a digital map: http://www.yb3tsf.org/.
Jeffrey Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 415-519-2685