San Francisco Arts Commission.. FREE WALL

September 14, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 – Building on the success of the StreetSmARTs program, which pairs urban artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have joined forces again to launch a Mobile Free Wall Activity pilot program. Debuting on September 19, 2010 at the Sunday Streets event in the Western Addition, the program provides temporary free areas where urban artists can ply their skills.  Notable urban artists will oversee Free Wall Activities to facilitate crowd participation. The activity is open to community members of all art backgrounds and levels. Artists and the public are encouraged to stop by the Free Wall and participate throughout the Sunday Streets event, which lasts from 10am to 3pm.

According to Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Luis R. Cancel, “The Free Wall Activity provides urban and aspiring artists with an opportunity to show their talent and creativity in a safe and legal manner. This program is a way of bringing urban artists and community members together to forge lasting, positive relationships that benefit our neighborhoods.”

“Free Walls are a great way for artists to express their art to the community while respecting our city and our neighborhoods.” said Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director for Operations at DPW.  “We are developing and strengthening similar partnerships all over the city to help keep San Francisco a safe, beautiful, livable, and vibrant city.”
Chor Boogie, the artist who created The Color Therapy of Perception, the large-scale mural located on Market Street between 6th and 7th streets, will host the first Free Wall Activity at the intersection of Fillmore and Turk streets. The next activity takes place at the upcoming Sunday Streets event on Sunday, October 24 in the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods.


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