art in storefronts
Mid-Market continues to get a much-needed makeover as part of the second annual The Windows project, an extension of the ARTery initiative aimed at revitalizing SF's Central Market corridor. Top architecture, fashion, and design firms—including Gensler, HOK, SFMOMA, Studios Architecture, Hooks ASD, ALR, IA, Arcanum Architecture, and Destination Art—tricked out storefronts between 5th and 9th streets, which were revealed in a tour by the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Pummeled by the economic slump, Chinatown is set to receive a shot in the arm this June with the launch of Art in Storefronts. The program, initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, attempts to revitalize economically burdened neighborhoods by giving vacant and neglected storefront windows a Joan Rivers-quality facelift with San Francisco-based artwork. The selected artists -- priority given to locals -- will have a unique opportunity to stimulate their community from within as well as gain exposure for their work.
Add one more to the list of so-called Tenderloin revitalization projects that have sprung up over the last month in the city’s most flavorful neighborhood. Art in Storefronts, a pilot program initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), launches today. In partnership with neighborhood-based economic development organizations and curated by Triple Base, local artists will showcase their work in 11 original window installations and two murals.