San Francisco Arts Market kicked off on June 16th, 2011 with quite a bang! United Nations Plaza came alive with over 30 unique artist and artisan vendors, live music, and delicious lunch options from Off the Grid Food Trucks. Crowds joined the Plaza to see what was going on, eat, shop and join the fun. Now, we do this every Thursday!
A project of the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and nonprofit, Independent Arts & Media, SF Arts Market continues to partner with city agencies and nonprofits in support of bringing art, culture, and liveliness to the mid-Market area.
The Neighborhood Empowerment Network visited a number of Market Thursdays to see what we were up to and document how the Market is making a difference for all involved, including artistic vendors, performers, local community and all visitors to the Plaza. We are very thankful to have this video and many photos to share with the public produced by Michael Pawluk of NEN.
In 2007, residents, merchant associations, non-profits, neighborhood agencies, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, and SF foundations created NEN (The Neighborhood Empowerment Network) to focus on one simple mission: the empowerment of the SanFranciso neighborhoods and help them towards resilient conditions. The alliance was named “Neighborhood Empowerment Network” (NEN), and during the past decade, it has created numerous methodologies, tools, and resources to advance the communities through a bottom-up approach.
If you travel across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll enter Marin County, a rather wealthy and laid back area. Marin County is beautiful and varied peninsula with on the bay side expensive and exclusive Sausalito while the wild Pacific coastline stretches north to Stinson Beach, a popular destination, and Point Reyes National Seashore Park which is actually one of the best locations in California for whale watching.
When you travel between the Bay and the Pacific ocean, the hills are rise to the over 2500ft (750m) peaks of Mount Tamalpais that overlook Muir Woods. From Mount Tam, you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of cities, bay, ocean, and hills. More than 210 miles (330 km) of biking and hiking trails are winding around the area where fox, deer, bobcat, fox, and even a few mountain lions are dwelling in the dells and forests.
Marin is situated just across San Francisco’s world-famous Golden Gate Bridge: California 101 is cutting directly through the area and Highway 1 turns left at Mill Valley to head out to the Pacific coast. Many buses can take you from the City into all corners of the Bay Area and you can find plenty of ferries that will bring you from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf to Larkspur, Tiburon. and Sausalito.
There are so many great San Francisco museums and there is something for everyone in this great City by the Bay. Spend a little time on this section of the site and you can make the next time you travel to San Francisco especially memorable. Let’s take a closer look:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3159, Phone: (415) 357.4000
The San Francisco Museum of Art was the first museum on the Calofornisá West Coast that was devoted exclusively to 20th-century art. It opened its doors in 1935 and became a world-class and prominent museum under the guidance of Henry T. Hopkins in the 1970 and 80s. The word “Modern” was actually added to the name in 1975 for the purpose of more accurately describing its purview. The museum has played a prominent role in active special exhibitions programs and the podium it offered to traveling exhibitions.
In early 1995, the SF Museum of Modern Art opened another facility in the City’s Market district which was designed by Mario Botta, the world-famous Swiss architect. The Museum has over 44,000 members and its permanent collection includes more than 23,000 objects of art.
San Francisco is changing, and it is not weird or freaky as it once was. People in the artsy environment can feel this immediately, and rather than being able to just go out and be weird, today there’s more a sort of lamentation that fills the air in the City.
One of the obvious culprits is the phenomenon of money. There are quite a few individuals that are worth tens of millions of dollars who still think they are some sort of revolutionary or counter-cultural renegades, but they’re in too good standing.
Sure, we may bash the software generation as much as we want as they’re the cause of a lot of bad going on, but the fact of the matter is that internet nerds form a crucial element to the phenomenon of ‘weirdness.‘
The extreme differences in the level of education is another weird thing, from a super high number of people without any High School or GED diploma to the smartest people who attend the USF. I recently joined a workshop for volunteers who want to bridge this educational gap.
There are some pretty good online GED Prep Resources, so we just need to reach out to as many people as possible. Check these GED® Free Online Prep San Francisco: www.BestGEDClasses.org/California
Anyway, it seems that today, people that move to San Francisco aren’t coming here to find other queers or weirdos, they generally move this way to build up their careers and make money. Sure, there’s basically nothing wrong with doing that, but often these people aren’t participating in the city’s social life and won’t break out of their employment circles.
Living in The City means you always have the opportunity to experience something special, or go to some stimulating place….or just wander around and see where your legs are carrying you. This a city full of people who always try to get the best out of their situation and they seem to be enjoying themselves at doing that. But there’s always this strange tension between the city’s classes of residents, and this becomes more visible and apparent by the year.
San Francisco weather is often windy and cold, especially during the early months of summer. Mind you, though, the weather could be totally different not even half a mile from where you’re at.
Expect moderate San Francisco weather, where cool summers and mild winters almost blend into one. Temperatures in the City seldom rise above 70 F/21 C or fall below 40 F/4 C. Morning and evening fog is common during summer months for San Francisco weather but it rarely remains through the day. (Little or no rain falls from June to September are attributes of San Francisco weather.)
Winter average maximum temperatures for San Francisco weather are in the high 50s F/10 C and only drop to the upper 40s F/4 C at night. Rain showers can be common November through March. San Francisco weather literally varies from neighborhood to neighborhood — it may be sunny and pleasant in one area and foggy and cool in another. No season in San Francisco is really out of the question for a visit, though September and October are the warmest and driest.
Golden Gate Park Larger than Central Park, the 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park’s treasure trove of attractions includes Stybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a biodiversity hub where 6,000 plant species, including a towering display of California redwoods, thrive; the ethereal Japanese Tea Garden; a children’s playground; the Asian Art Museum; MH de Young Memorial Museum; and the California Academy of Sciences, with its aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and laserium. Even more, the open tennis courts, horse stables, baseball diamonds, polo grounds, croquet and lawn-bowling greens, an archery field, a golf course and a fly-fishing pool draw an outdoorsy crowd year-round. For a full experience, follow the green panhandle between Fell and Oak streets straight into the park.
1100 California St at Taylor, Phone: (415) 749.6300
The gothic landmark of the west coast, the ornate beauty of Grace Cathedral is home to hidden gardens, curling dragon statues, and a redwood pulpit that has seen the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. The Grace hosts glorious concerts year round and its Columbarium is the only sacred landmark in San Francisco where freshly cremated remains may be laid to rest.
Castro & Market
Travel to San Francisco ‘s well-known Mecca of all that comes with gay life in the City’s Castro District. The North side of the Market District is the center of a mainly lesbian and gay community, boutiques, excellent bakeries, bars, restaurants, cafes, and of course, numerous gender-bending bars. The renown Castro Theatre, the historically important art deco movie theatre, usually screens a lot of old or independent film productions from all around the globe. On Halloween, San Francisco’s center is the Castro while tens of thousands of enthusiasts celebrate in the streets.
Bowley St. and Lincoln Blvd and Presidio, Phone: (415) 331-1540
San Francisco’s most popular and locally beloved nude beach is nestled in the western shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Aside from being the birthplace of Burning Man, the great qualities of Baker Beach are its size, close shore breaks, tide pools, steep bluffs, and climbable rocks, and a totally nude north end that rubs friendly elbows with a decidedly family-style south side, complete with barbeque grills and picnic tables. While this stretch of the Pacific makes for rough swimming, it bodes well for panoramic sunbathing and excellent shore fishing.
San Francisco ‘s densely populated downtown is squeezed into the hilly northeastern corner of the peninsula. The often dramatic cityscape came about because the streets were laid out as if their planners had never so much as glanced at the city’s topography. They simply dropped a grid pattern onto the steeply undulating terrain, and the result is that streets often climb or drop at ridiculously steep gradients. It makes parking hazardous, breeds bicycle messengers of superhuman strength and provides a hairy setting for car chase scenes in movies.
949 Presidio Ave, Phone: (415) 923-6162
The Powell-Hyde line begins at Powell and Market streets, terminating at Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line also begins at Powell and Market streets to end at San Francisco’s Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line also begins at Powell and Market, but ends at Bay and Taylor near Fisherman’s Wharf; the California Street line runs from California and Market streets to Van Ness Avenue.
In 1916, San Francisco City officials asked Engineer Michael M. O’Shaughnessy to see if building a bridge across the Golden Gate Strait was feasible. For decades, there had been a call for a bridge like this by railroad professionals and other entrepreneurs.
So San Francisco City Engineer Michael O’Shaughnessy started to discuss the idea with some engineers across the nation to learn about cost and feasibility of such an endeavor. Most engineers he consulted speculated that a bridge across the Golden Gate Strait would be costing more than $100 million but that construction would not be possible. Joseph Baermann Strauss, though, thought that building such a bridge was possible and that the cost would not exceed $30 million.
The Golden Gate Bridge is named after the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate Strait is some three miles long and a mile wide, and the water’s currents usually range from 4.5 to 7.5 knots (around 5 to 9 miles/hr). John C. Fremont (a U.S. Army Engineer) named the strait “Chrysopylae” (Golden Gate) in the mid-1840s as the strait was reminding him of the Istanbul, Turkey, harbor named Chrysoceras (Golden Horn).
The Golden Gate Bridge connects the City of San Francisco to the northern counties of California, including the world-famous wine regions of Sonoma and Napa. The bridge’s towers stand an impressive 746 feet tall and its “International Orange” color, the beautiful Art Deco styling, and the sweeping massive main cables give the bridge it’s magic. The bridge features a fine artistic harmony of light, color, and sound which attract over ten 10 million visitors every year, especially during the summer months, so when you plan a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, be prepared to encounter large crowds and be also aware of quickly changing weather conditions.