Opening Reception: Culture Catalyst
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In 1967, artists, arts workers and activists banded together and launched a grassroots campaign to demand that the City support, not only major arts institutions such as the symphony, ballet and opera, but also the presentation of arts in San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods. Culture Catalyst celebrates the groundbreaking program born out of this movement with work by over 20 contemporary artists who represent the Program’s ongoing legacy. The exhibition will also feature a series of specially commissioned drawings by California artist Veronica De Jesus that illustrate pivotal Program milestones.
The Neighborhood Arts Program (N.A.P.) provided a wide range of free or very affordable support services to artists and community groups. By the late 70s, the political and economic climate had changed, and budget cuts diminished the program. Though N.A.P. no longer exists, its impact and legacy still resonate. San Francisco’s six cultural centers were born out of tireless advocacy from the N.A.P. and neighborhood activists. The contributions of the cultural centers (African American Art & Culture Complex, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Bayview Opera House, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Queer Cultural Center, and SOMArts) are represented by the drawings, prints, paintings, and objects made by three generations of artists closely associated with these centers who have been creating vibrant, multidisciplinary art since the 60s.
Participating artists and arts organizations include: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nancy Cato, Enrique Chagoya, Lenore Chinn, Veronica De Jesus, Orlando de la Garza, Katie Dorame, Juan R. Fuentes, Katie Gilmartin, Aron Kantor, Việt Lê, Yolanda López, MACRO WAVES, Elizabeth "Oscar" Maynard, Geri Montano, Jane Norling, Queer Ancestors Project, Joe Ramos, Eustinove P. Smith, The Cultural Conservancy, Eugene E. White, René Yañez and Bayview Opera House Youth Artists.
Curated by Kevin B. Chen and Jaime Cortez