Civic Art Collection Restoration, Conservation & Maintenance

ArtCare partners with the San Francisco Arts Commission to support the works most in need of restoration and conservation. Through campaigns such as Adopt-a-Monument, ArtCare raises awareness and private funding to restore, conserve and maintain works in the City’s Civic Art Collection.

For 2014-15, the fifteen artworks on the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park have been identified as a high priority.

The SFAC’s Civic Art Collection is 135 years old, marked by the first artwork donated to the City – Lotta’s Fountain, dated 1875. The collection includes approximately 4,000 objects, valued at $100 million. Approximately 800 are sited in the public realm and many are major tourist attractions. The Public Art Program, founded with the 1969 Art Enrichment Ordinance, is among the nation’s oldest and most respected art commissioning programs. The ordinance though does not address the need to restore aging and damaged artworks that are exposed to harsh environmental conditions. 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 an endowment to maintain them.

Sister City Cultural Exchange

San Francisco has over 18 Sister Cities around the globe, and biannual celebrations are hosted by the Mayor, the Arts Commission and the Sister City Committees. ArtCare partners with these entities to support cultural exchanges, and promotes opportunities to be cultural ambassadors at opening receptions, and for arts and business exchanges.

Arts Education

ArtCare advocates for and supports high-quality arts learning for every student in the San Francisco Unified
School District. Our partnerships with education organizations and the San Francisco Arts Commission help advance student engagement in the arts.

Priorities for 2014 include the San Francisco Unified School District’s Arts Education Master Plan and support of a campaign to promote the passage of the November 2014 ballot initiative, Public Education and Enrichment Fund (PEEF), which will bring much-needed revenue to the school district from the City’s General Funds. PEEF funds will help support public education and school sites through increased arts programming in the classrooms, professional development in the arts for educators and evaluation of the district’s arts program implementation and performance.

Mayor’s Art Award

The Mayor’s Art Award honors an individual artist with a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the arts and civic life. This award celebrates the highest artistic standards, rigor in creative practices, engagement in and dedication to San Francisco’s cultural life, and service to the arts in the public sector. Past awardees include Ruth Asawa, Alonzo King, Carlos Santana, Rhodessa Jones, and Armistead Maupin.

The ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award

The ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an individual with significant accomplishments in arts and culture philanthropy as well as civic engagement. The event gathers together arts patrons, enthusiasts and community and civic leaders to honor the awardee, and showcase San Francisco’s arts ecology and the value of public-private partnerships in advancing the cultural life of the city. Awardees include: Ruth Braunstein (the first ArtCare Awardee, who spearheaded the ArtCare program); Richard L. Greene; Roselyne C. Swig; Diane B. Wilsey; and Steve Oliver.