Much Brighter Here

Posted by: Florica
  • When

  • 12/09/2010

  • Where

  • 1119 Market Street

  • When

  • Dec 9th, 5pm

  • Cost

  • free

The National Endowment for the Arts has stepped in to spruce up Central Market. Seriously! Through a funded initiative, dubbed the ARTery Project by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the NEA has dedicated itself to supporting an arts corridor in Mid Market.

The state of neglect that Mid Market currently finds itself in is evident. But it seems that historically the city has been at odds at what to do with Market Street. A recent lunchtime forum at SPUR breached the issue by looking at Market Street throughout time, from its eve as an unpaved road to the bustling 4 trolly lines that traversed it at one point, to its role as a theater destination, a shopping hub, a throughway to the ports and a civic gathering point for parades and celebrations.

Rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, the face of Market Street continued to shift through time and countless people have, throughout generations, brought ideas to the table on how to improve Market Street, not least of which being the current Better Market Street Initiative.

But on Thursday December 9th the spotlight is put on the arts, focusing on the power of artists to pioneer, re-imagine and re-invigorate. The ARTery project kicks off at 5p.m. in front of the A.C.T building located at 1119 Market Street, across the street from United Nations Plaza. Live music and a procession led by members of the Bayanihan Community Center carrying traditional Filipino parol lanterns will lead the public to three site-specific light installations by local artists Jim Campbell, Theodore Watson and Paul Natzold.

For the full press release see here.

better market streetNEApaul natzoldtheodore watsonjim campbellsan francisco arts commission