ArtCare, with input from the San Francisco Arts Commission, identifies and assists in funding public artworks in most urgent need of restoration.
There are approximately 4,000 objects in the civic art collection, estimated in value at close to $100 million dollars. The SFAC receives only a small allocation from the City for maintenance, restoration and cleaning of public artworks (including graffiti abatement and vandalism removal). The allocation for civic art collection repair and maintenance fluctuates according to annual city budget, and the needs of the collection far exceed the allocated amount year on year. Once the works are restored, it is critical to build a sustainable source of funds to maintain them.
Many works are in need of immediate attention, but are out of the reach of current funding.
Through its restoration projects, ArtCare fosters a public sense of stewardship of the City’s historic objects and modern sculptural treasures by matching civic-minded art enthusiasts and collectors with artworks that speak to them. These pieces may be located in their own neighborhoods or places of business, or collectors may wish to help restore the work of an artist with whom they have a personal interest.