10/23/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched the Art
and Storefronts pilot program, a new economic development initiative in
Central Market and the Tenderloin. The program engages San
Francisco-based artists to reinvigorate neighborhoods that have been
hard-hit by the economic downturn.
“Art in Storefronts harnesses the creativity of San Francisco’s
artist community to help improve the quality of life and the business
climate in our neighborhood commercial districts,” said Mayor Newsom.
“These installations will transform vacant storefronts and commercial
corridors into a destination for contemporary art, bringing new energy
to the area. With increased foot traffic, Art in Storefronts will
improve streetscape conditions and safety and foster neighborhood
The Art in Storefronts pilot program officially kicked off with a
community celebration along Central Market and North of
Market/Tenderloin sidewalks. Eleven vacant storefronts transformed into
art installations and two murals were unveiled along Market between 5th
and 8th Streets, and North of Market along Taylor Street. The public
had the opportunity to meet the artists who will be stationed at their
installations, with the artists giving impromptu art talks throughout
the evening and providing maps to the newly-transformed storefronts.
The program was initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, working with the
Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the San Francisco
Arts Commission (SFAC), in partnership with neighborhood based economic
Following the Central Market and Tenderloin launch, the program will
rollout on Third Street in Bayview (October 30), and Lower 24th Street
in the Mission (November 20). All installations will remain on view
through the end of January 2010. Read more.
For more information, please visit www.sfartscommission.org/storefronts