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.
ArtCare supports and promotes the San Francisco Arts Commission public and civic art programs in conjunction with the Mayor, the Director of Cultural Affairs, and the Arts Commissioners.