Spring Gala Postponed

The health and safety of our supports, donors, and volunteers is our highest priority. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone our 2020 Spring Gala until the following year.

We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time and appreciate your patience.

Our next Spring Gala will be scheduled for 2021.

Arts Relief Program

Dear ArtCare Friends and Colleagues:

ArtCare has been monitoring the devastating financial impact of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s artists and arts organizations. The canceling and postponing of performances, workshops, classes, programs and fundraisers, and the closure of museums and other vital cultural and community institutions, as well as the ‘shelter at home’ order is all unprecedented.

We are delighted to share Mayor London Breed’s press release on March 23rd regarding an Arts Relief Program. ArtCare applauds her rapid response to help our vital arts and culture sector and efforts for our city.

As the official Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, ArtCare, always asks for your help in supporting our cultural ecosystem, which employs tens of thousands of workers and is one of our city’s most formidable economic engines. Every dollar is meaningful during this difficult period.

If you are wanting to help support the arts, consider making a donation today to your favorite nonprofit arts organizations or reaching out to your favorite artists and see if they need help.

With deep appreciation,

San Francisco ArtCare

2020 ArtCare Awards Announced

Nancy Bechtle
Michael Tilson Thomas

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Mayor’s Art Award will be presented to Michael Tilson Thomas and the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Nancy Bechtle. Both will be honored during the May event at City Hall. More here

Arts Learning Achievement Award Ceremony

Lauren Kivowitz and A.C.T/ACCESS SFUSD: The Arc Team were awarded the first ArtCare Arts Learning Achievement Award in January because of their passion and enthusiasm to help students in the classroom!

Their ACTSmart residency program allows the A.C.T. teaching artist to work in the classroom with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop skills in a play-building process that culminates in a public performance.

ArtCare Arts Learning Achievement Award

Artist Lauren Kivowitz

ArtCare will award its first ArtCare Arts Learning Achievement Award this January to artist Lauren Kivowitz and the A.C.T/ACCESS SFUSD: The Arc Team. One of eight applicants, the jurors found this program especially compelling because the ACTSmart residency program allows the A.C.T. teaching artist to work in the classroom with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop skills in a play-building process that culminates in a public performance. It is a very powerful and meaningful experience for everyone involved.

Applicants presented exciting artistic programs in dance, music, theater and the visual arts and the jurors were sorry that they could not give each applicant an award.

The award will be presented at the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area Fair on January 29th at the Asian Art Museum at 4:00 in the afternoon.

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 www.artsforeveryonesf.com.

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.