ArtCare in the News

ArtCare Presents “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust”

ArtCare, the Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, will host a lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor on February 22, 2020 to coincide with its recent fundraising efforts for the restoration of the George Segal sculpture The Holocaust.

The free to the public event will feature renowned scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in conversation about “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust“, as well as a viewing of the restored sculpture.

What: Lecture: “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, followed by viewing of the sculpture and remarks about the restoration by Rowan Geiger of Preservation Arts

Where: Gunn Auditorium at the Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, Calif.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Time: 1pm – 2:30pm

In retrospect, it seems inevitable that George Segal would create The Holocaust. The ghostly aura of his earlier white figures cast from life seems to prefigure the ensemble that stands today next to the Legion of Honor. Holocaust survivors on the jury for a memorial in San Francisco wanted a powerful statement. Segal won the competition by delivering just that. How did The Holocaust speak to its time and and how does it speak to ours – to Holocaust denial, resurgent antisemitism, and “Never again.” This lecture explores the creation and reception of The Holocaust in relation to these questions and to other works of contemporary art.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, and University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); and They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt). She received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for Jewish museums in Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow. 

To donate to the restoration efforts, go here and reference George Segal’s The Holocaust in the notes section.


Vote YES on Proposition E

Prop E: Arts for Everyone, Doesn’t Raise Taxes

While the City of San Francisco’s budget has increased by $937 million this year alone*, allocations to fund arts and culture in San Francisco have stayed relatively flat. This lack of investment in our arts infrastructure has endangered the unique and vibrant cultures that helps attract visitors to our City who annually contribute approximately $1.7 billion to San Francisco’s economy.

A group of arts organizations, artists and community activists have worked with the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor’s office and other City officials to create Prop E that will address this deficiency in funding for arts and culture organizations in a sustainable and fiscally responsible way.

Without raising taxes or taking existing funding away from municipal allocations, Prop E will reconnect our cultural landscape with the historic Hotel Tax Fund and provide funding for youth arts, individual artists and arts organizations. Prop E will:

  • Increase core operating grants through Grants for the Art

  • Increase cultural equity grants from the Cultural Equity Endowment at the San Francisco Arts Commission

  •  Invest deeper in our City-owned cultural centers

  • Provide first-time, dedicated funding for cultural districts, and

  • Create an Arts Impact Endowment to address unmet needs within our arts community.

For more information on Prop E and to learn how to get involved, please visit

Download a PDF to share with your San Francisco constituents here.

Thank You for Joining us at the 2018 ArtCare Awards Benefit

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 Awards Benefit 2018

Yuan Yuan Tan and Rena Bransten Announced as 2018 Award Recipients

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.

Ruth Braunstein Founder’s Fund Drive

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.

Click here to donate today.