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, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. from 2010 until 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.
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.