Art in Storefronts Photos in Exhibition at SPUR
The San Francisco Arts Commission is happy to have four photos of our Art in Storefronts installations featured in San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association's (SPUR) upcoming exhibition, DIY Urbanism: Testing the grounds for social change
DIY Urbanism: Testing the grounds for social change
Where: SPUR Urban Center: 654 Mission Street
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.
Exhibition Run: September 7 to October 29
Cost: $10-20 sliding scale
Since the onset of the "great recession" in 2008, San Francisco, like many American cities, has struggled through a period of economic decline and drastically reduced public resources. Fortunately for San Francisco, a city with a long history of entrepreneurship and social activism, citizens have displayed great wherewithal and ingenuity in the face of budgetary stalemates—resulting in an outpouring of innovative do-it-yourself projects ranging from activating stalled construction sites, to constructing temporary public plazas and parks at street intersections, to designing pop-up storefronts.
DIY Urbanism showcases some of these projects and a snapshot of this burgeoning and distinctively local movement, and explores the meeting grounds between the bottom-up approach of DIY urbanists and the traditional top-down planning process.