Leah Garchik attended the event and wrote about it in her April 13, 2018 Datebook column
ArtCare hosted an awards benefit at San Francisco City Hall on Monday, April 9 to honor the 2018 Mayor’s Art Award recipient, Yuan Yuan Tan, and the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rena Bransten.
The Mayor’s Art Award was presented by Anita Lee, the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s wife and JD Beltran, President of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Prior to his untimely passing, Mayor Lee had chosen Yuan Yuan Tan, internationally renowned ballet icon and principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet, to receive San Francisco’s most esteemed cultural distinction. Tan was selected for her creative talents, her local, national and international impact on audiences, and her role as a cultural ambassador for San Francisco.
This is the sixth Mayor’s Art Award to be bestowed on a San Francisco artist. Previous awardees are: Ruth Asawa (visual art); Alonzo King (dance/choreography); Carlos Santana (music); Rhodessa Jones (theater); Armistead Maupin (literature). This is the first time a dancer (as opposed to a choreographer) is being honored with the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award.
At the same event, ArtCare honored Rena Bransten, owner of the Rena Bransten Gallery, in recognition and celebration of her invaluable and generous contributions as a leader in the cultural life of San Francisco over the last 50 years. The ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Meg Spriggs, Chair of the Board for ArtCare.
The ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an individual with significant accomplishments in arts and culture philanthropy as well as civic engagement. Previous awardees include: Ruth Braunstein (the first ArtCare Awardee, who spearheaded the creation of ArtCare); Richard L. Greene; Roselyne C. Swig; Diane B. Wilsey; and Steven H. Oliver.
The Monday night gathering welcomed a lively mix of some 300 City officials, local developers and cultural leaders all dedicated to sustaining and enriching San Francisco’s arts ecosystem.
In addition to the award presentations, ArtCare also conducted a Fund A Need at the event, and exceeded its fundraising goal to support the conservation efforts for the Lucian Labaudt mural frescos at the Beach Chalet. The first Executive Director of ArtCare, Diane Frankel, was also introduced.
More information can be found on the event site.
On January 26, 2018, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell announced Yuan Yuan Tan, internationally renowned ballet icon and principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet, as the 2018 Mayor’s Art Award recipient. Prior to his untimely passing, Mayor Edwin M. Lee had singled out Tan to receive San Francisco’s most esteemed cultural distinction. Read full press release.
Ms. Tan will receive the 2018 Mayor’s Art Award on Monday, April 9 at a benefit reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, in conjunction with the presentation of the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award to Rena Bransten.
For more information, visit the event page here.
Read recent Chronicle coverage here.
It is with gratitude and a full heart that we invite you to honor the lifework of the legendary Ruth Braunstein by supporting the 2016 Founder’s Fund Drive. In memory of Ruth, we are formally establishing a fund in her name, the Ruth Braunstein ArtCare Founder’s Fund, to be dedicated to the Restoration and Maintenance of San Francisco Arts Commission’s (SFAC) public artworks.
ArtCare has become an increasingly important aspect in the health of the arts in San Francisco. Ruth deeply appreciated knowing that her friends, clients and arts community alike have been instrumental in support of this organization so dear to her heart. With this sentiment in mind, we ask you to consider a gift to the newly established Ruth Braunstein ArtCare Founder’s Fund.
On February 1, 2016, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced Armistead Maupin, local icon and acclaimed author of the Tales of the City series, has been named to receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award (view full press release).
Mr. Maupin will be honored with the award on March 29, 2016 at a fundraising reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission. The event, ArtCare’s Inaugural Benefit, will also honor Steven H. Oliver with the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award ceremony, celebration and reception will be hosted at the Green Room of the newly renovated War Memorial Veterans Building.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit the event page here.