Mission + Values

Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission is the city agency that champions the arts.

RAWdance dancers in front of City Hall
RAWdance, photo by J. Astra Brinkman
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We are committed to supporting a healthy arts ecosystem and to fostering cultural equity in our communities. Learn more about the values that guide our work. Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny


The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.

Our Vision

The San Francisco Arts Commission envisions a San Francisco where the transformative power of art is critical to strengthening neighborhoods, building infrastructure and fostering positive social change. We believe the arts create inspiring personal experiences, illuminate the human condition and offer meaningful ways to engage with each other and the world around us. We imagine a vibrant San Francisco where creativity, prosperity and progress go hand in hand. We advance artists’ ideas to improve the quality of life for everyone through a united cultural sector whose contributions are vital and valued.

We Value:

  • Cultural equity and access to high quality arts experience for all
  • The arts as a vehicle for positive social change and prosperity
  • Artists as integral to making San Francisco a city where people want to live, work and play
  • The arts as critical to a healthy democracy and innovative government
  • Responsiveness to community needs
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Accountability and data-driven decision-making

Our Goals:

  1. Invest in a vibrant arts community
  2. Enliven the urban environment
  3. Shape innovative cultural policy
  4. Build public awareness of the value and benefits of the arts
  5. Improve operations to better serve the San Francisco arts ecosystem

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Full Arts Commission Meeting

October 02
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

City Hall | Rm 416
Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

September 25
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Community Arts, Education & Grants Committee Meeting

October 10
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Street Artists Committee Meeting

September 13
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125