SF Arts Market is closed

San Francisco Arts Market was an open-air arts and crafts market and performance and activity platform held in United Nations Plaza in San Francisco’s Civic Center region.

Hosting was open Thursdays, 11am-4pm from 2010 til 2014.
Independent Arts & Media and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development partnered to support the arts community and invigorate United Nations Plaza through a creative and supportive environment every Thursday.

SF Arts Market hosted a weekly open-air market offering local arts, crafts, literature, music and performance. The Market increased relationships with local artists and community, giving the community and beyond the ability to purchase locally made products and aid artists in their endeavors in small business.

The Market had hosted live artists, dancers, circus performers, and an array of music ranging from blue grass to dark rock, and more. They transformed the Plaza into a performance and activity platform along with unique arts and crafts vendors each Thursday.

VITAL x Horizon Variations By Adrien Dezalay from VITAL on Vimeo.

The VITAL EP x Sing For Hope Trailer from VITAL on Vimeo.

Overview of San Francisco Arts Market

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 http://www.empowersf.org/ 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

San Francisco Arts Market from NENtv on Vimeo.

What is SF Arts Market

With this reflection time, we asked ourselves exactly what is SF Arts Market? An obvious impression would be that it’s an outdoor Market for independent vendors to sell and market their arts, crafts and services. However, with deeper introspection we’d like to explain how the Market in UN Plaza is so much more! What, you ask? This year, the Arts Market will exist in and for the community as a performance platform for live music, dance and other performance; a public space for DIY workshops and educational opportunities; a catalyst for positive engagement culturally and economically for the mid-Market region; and a community and city-wide collaboration and partnership.

A partnership project between the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and Independent Arts & Media, both groups are working within and outside the community to realize positive change for the mid-Market region and support local artists and craft makers. With this in mind, qualified vendors can participate at the Market free of charge!

t takes a village to make a good thing happen. As such, the Arts Market has opened its doors to partnership and collaborative relationship opportunities to help support its success. A few groups aligned to support the Market for 2011 were the San Francisco Public Library; San Francisco Department of Public Health’s SF FIRST program; Art Institute, SF; SF Great Streets; People in Plazas; Hospitality House Community Arts Program; 24 Days of Central Market Arts, SF Travel, Off the Grid Food, Blick Art and many more. If you’re interested in participating, sponsoring, collaborating or partnering with the San Francisco Arts Market don’t hesitate to contact us!