Over 4 Million people participate in the events, programs, and services provided by San Francisco’s arts organizations each year. More than 5,000 Bay Area residents work at our arts organizations every day. These organizations offer high quality educational programming, serving almost 700,000 young people every year.
The Arts Town Hall grew out of a collaboration between Arts Forum SF and the San Francisco Arts Alliance and has continued to build upon efforts by both groups to educate elected and campaigning policymakers about the role and value of the arts in our City. With help and leadership from the Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts, Arts Forum SF and the San Francisco Arts Alliance joined forces to create a signature event that would bring the arts community together in dialogue with people running for office.
Since 2009, there have been 3 Arts Town Halls, each building upon the success of the year’s prior. In 2012, over 500 members of the arts community, representing organizations that range vastly in size, location, audience and medium participated in the forum which focused on the highly contested 2012 Supervisorial races. The goal of this event continues to be to educate and build relationships with our policymakers that result in a strong arts vision for San Francisco and strong and inclusive cultural policy. Equally as important, the event strives to build a broad coalition of arts community members and supporters that can come together in force and can impact policy. The members of the San Francisco Arts Alliance have supported this effort since its inception.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the unique opportunity to engage candidates for San Francisco Supervisor on issues important to our community—support for the arts and artists as well as the city’s strategies for partnering with individuals and organizations large and small to serve neighborhoods and communities equitably and effectively.Marcus Shelby, accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist, opened up the program and NPR Arts Desk Correspondent Laura Sydell served as the moderator.
The Arts Town Hall Planning Committee:
- Stephanie Mazow, ACT-SF
- Joen Madonna and Lindsay Barrick, ArtSpan
- Ebony McKinney, Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA
- Ken Garcia, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Glenn McCoy and Laura Simpson, SF Ballet
- Katie Nicely and Patrick Hosfield, SF Symphony
- Maria Jenson, SFMOMA
- Lex Leifheit, SOMArts
- Brad Erickson, Theatre Bay Area
- Raquel Gutiérrez and Joël Tan, YBCA
- Corinne Beauvais, Volunteer