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Lights on Market Street Report: Available to Download

The ARTery Project partner, Public Architecture releases Lights on Market Street: A Case Study on Arts and Cultural Revitalization Initiatives.

Lights on Market Street kicked off The ARTery Project last December, as one of the ongoing efforts to activate Mid-Market through an arts and cultural-focused revitalization strategy. The six-month initiative featured light and technology-based installations by Paul Notzold, Theodore Watson, and Jim Campbell. This report focuses on the context, collaborators, and outcomes surrounding the three large-scale public light displays that marked the gateways of Mid-Market. It includes historic assessment, precedents, and project analysis, and offers a comprehensive view of the process and partnerships it takes to realize an initiative like Lights on Market Street. The report is intended as a resource for artists, designers, and other city agencies and their partners as they consider or embark on comparable arts and culture initiatives.

Lights on Market Street: A Case Study on Arts and Cultural Revitalization Initiatives and a 4-part video series on this initiative can be found on The Public Dialogue, a blog by Public Architecture.

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Noontime Dance at U.N. Plaza

When: Tuesday, October 25, November 1, and November 8 at noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: U.N. Plaza, Market Street between 7th and 8th streets
Cost: FREE

The ARTery Project presents a lively series of interactive dance and musical performances created in partnership with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. For three consecutive Tuesdays this fall, the public is encouraged to head down to U.N. Plaza where everyone can enjoy delicious bites courtesy of Off the Grid and shake a tail feather to Latin and Caribbean beats. Tuesday, October 25 features high-energy Brazilian dance and live percussion by Fogo na Roupa; on Tuesday, November 1, former Carnaval SF Queen Elizabeth Soberanes will teach her popular Latin Dance Grooves class, featuring a variety of Latin rhythms; and on Tuesday, November 8, folks can enjoy live Haitian drumming and dance with the Afoutayi Dance Company. All performances will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!

Dancer Bios: Continue reading

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The ARTery Project: Photographs of Central Market

Where: Supervisor Jane Kim’s Office, Room 282, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (business hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 2011 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: September 23, 2011 through November 15, 2011
Cost: FREE

Photo by Ian Wang

This photography exhibit, The ARTery Project: Photographs of Central Market, highlights the various ARTery Project activities that have brought renewed interest and activity to the Central Market neighborhood. The exhibit features works by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s 2011 photography interns Roxanne Quezada Chartouni, Lydia Gonzales, Michele Kraus, Renée Power, Monica Roy, Vivian Truong, and Ian Wang. The opening reception will be hosted by Supervisor Jane Kim.

The ARTery Project is an arts activation and urban celebration initiative aimed at revitalizing the once-vibrant commercial corridor along Market Street between 6th and 8th streets. Activities have included Lights on Market Street, Art in Storefronts,Market Street Blooms, art exhibits at Central City Hospitality House Community Arts Program, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and the luggage store, and San Francisco Arts Market at U.N. Plaza.

High resolution images available at: sfartscommission.org/primages/photoexhibit

Make it a whole night of celebrating Central Market! After visiting the photo exhibit, drop by the Opening Reception of 7 Deadly Sins at Central City Hospitality House Community Arts Program at 1009 Market Street and the opening night of 24 Days of Central Market Arts at Mint Plaza!

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See It Before It Leaves: Art in Storefronts Ends August 13

Greetings from Central Market by Vicky Knoop and Beatrice Thomas. Photo by Lydia Gonzales

Have you visited yet? Art in Storefronts (AIS) along Central Market Street will come to a close on Saturday, August 13. It seems like just yesterday we had our launch event, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Before you mourn the de-installation of AIS, reap the benefits while you still can by entering our raffle to win a custom-made Rickshaw bag with artwork by Rafael Landea. We’ll announce the winners of the nine bags on Monday, August 15.

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: A Multimedia Podcast

Sights and Sounds of Central Market with the Jaz Sawyer Trio. Photo by Lydia Gonzales.

In an effort to encourage people to explore the Central Market neighborhood, seasoned multimedia producers researched and crafted stories that cut through the negative stereotypes of the neighborhood to feature the humanity of Central Market people and places.

Presenting the vibrancy of The ARTery Project’s two blocks, these downloadable audio segments and videos bring depth to an overlooked neighborhood. Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: Piper’s Jewelers


Central Market between 6th and 7th street is a tableaux of transition: individuals getting their lives on track, new businesses starting up, and artists decorating vacant storefronts. Amidst this yearning for change is Piper’s Jewelers, where used items are bought and sold, and time seems to stand still.

No longer run by Mr. Piper, meet the family members that sell used jewelry, time pieces, and collectibles, and the man who was called in to repair the clock in the bell tower of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral. Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: A.C.T. Costume Shop


The American Conservatory Theater, or A.C.T., is an internationally recognized theatre and school that puts on magnificent shows every year. But most people don’t know about their offices on Market Street, where they manage their massive costume collection. Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: Warfield Theater

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Central Market was once the hub of big-screen entertainment celebrating seven theaters within two-blocks during the pre-television era. Today, these historic theaters, may be found in three states: abandoned, in the sex biz, or still going.

The Warfield on Market Streets is STILL going and regularly welcomes sold-out audiences. Built in 1922, the Warfield is one of the neighborhood’s few historic theaters still functioning as an entertainment venue and boasts performers such as Louis Armstrong, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and the Pixies.

Tune into this podcast to learn about the building and its underground speakeasy run by Al Capone. Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: Hibernia Bank

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Hibernia Bank, at the corner of McAllister and Jones streets, is arguably one of the city’s most prized historical buildings. Over a century old, it survived the 1906 earthquake. But today, people pass the boarded up building without batting an eye.

This year, Lighting Designer Jack Carpenter will cast lights and shadows featuring the building’s rich architectural design. Until then, let us know what’s your favorite part of the building? Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Central Market: International Art Museum of America

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Until this spring, we knew almost nothing about the palatial white facade going up on at 1025 Market Street. We heard rumors of saffron-robed monks shuffling in and out – and about a live stream flowing through the building. This March, the International Art Museum of America opened its doors, revealing a surreal oasis on Central Market. Continue reading

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