Cultural Centers

The community-based Cultural Centers provide accessible arts opportunities for all San Franciscans. Four city-owned facilities operated by nonprofit arts organizations provide cultural and arts programs. The Centers are available for rent and offer free or low-cost performances, gallery exhibits, and classes.

The Arts Commission also supports the programming and operations of two Cultural Centers “without walls.”

African American Art and Culture Complex

The African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) supports, enhances, and promotes African American art and culture, providing space and programs for residents, organizations, and individual artists. AAACC presents programs in performing, visual, literary, and expressive arts, and humanities which positively enhance and promote the understanding of both the multicultural and the multi-dimensional definition of African and African American derived art and culture.

Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater

The Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater serves as the focal point for art and culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible, diverse, and high quality arts education and cultural programs.

The Opera House currently provides arts education and cultural enrichment to San Franciscans on a low or no cost basis. Recent offerings include adult drama, dance and yoga classes, DARE TO DREAM ARTS school age after school classes, toddler and parent/toddler classes, and an eight-week long summer arts camp. The Opera House also hosts a large variety of cultural events, community gatherings and seasonal celebrations.

Currently under renovation, the Bayview Opera House is set to reopen its doors in Winter 2015. Stay tuned for more information.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people. The MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to community development and well-being. As a community non-profit arts organization, MCCLA prides itself in enriching the cultural and artistic life of the Mission, San Francisco, and Bay Area residents as well.

SOMArts Cultural Center

SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology and Services) is a multicultural center that provides essential services and large-scale event and exhibition space in the heart of the city, as well as a darkroom, dance studio, printmaking studio an flexible classroom and meeting spaces.

Because it is affordable and accessible, over one thousand Bay Area artists participate at SOMArts each year, and more than 450,000 Bay Area residents annually enjoy SOMArts’ schedule of exhibitions, performances, classes, events and technical support of city fairs and festivals.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) supports and nurtures the artistic endeavors of the San Francisco Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander community. Since 1998 the Center has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of the City’s Asian/Pacific arts community by organizing and presenting the annual United States of Asian America Festival. The Festival presents over 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and the cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific Island communities.

Queer Cultural Center

Founded in 1993, Queer Cultural Center (QCC) is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transgender community. Their programs commission and present Queer artists that promote the development of culturally diverse Queer arts organizations and that document significant Queer arts events taking place in San Francisco. QCC’s website launched in 1998 to expand their audience world-wide and to promote the work of significant LGBT artists.

By presenting, exhibiting, screening and documenting queer artists’ work, QCC contributes to the development of a multicultural perspective on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender experience.