We ensure that the arts are a part of daily life

by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.

Photo by Mackenzie Grimmer

Civic Design Review

Civic Design Review ensures that civic architecture is at the forefront of design and sustainability. The Review Committee is made up of architects and designers who conduct a three-phase review of all new and renovated public construction projects.

Community Investments

The Community Investments program supports San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants, technical assistance and capacity building, economic development, arts education initiatives and the community-based Cultural Centers.

Public Art

From the airport to the zoo, the Arts Commission ensures that all city residents, workers and visitors have access to world-class art in everyday settings.

SFAC Galleries

With three Civic Center locations, the SFAC Galleries make contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions and special projects that both reflect our regional diversity and position the Bay Area within an international art landscape.

Street Artist Licensing

The Arts Commission certifies artists to sell their work in designated spaces in the city’s most-visited areas such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Justin Herman Plaza and Union Square.

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