Mayor Newsom Launches Art in Storefronts Pilot Program

Mayor-artprogram 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 pride.”

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 development organizations.

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.

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