Hayes Valley & Market Street, San Francisco
540 Market is owned by BUILD and is on the site of our One Oak & Oak Plaza development project. But, as the site goes through the entitlement process and awaits construction, we have welcomed artists, art studios, and other non-profit groups to occupy the building and provide a place for them to showcase their talents and beautify the neighborhood.
Along with 30 ArtSpan artists, muralist Joshua Coffy painted the 6,000-square-foot “Bird Song” mural on the east-facing exterior wall of 1540 Market St.
ArtSpan conceived of the Artists Residencies at the Journal Building as an innovative pilot program to combat the mass exodus of visual artists from San Francisco. Parallel to one of ArtSpan’s core values of providing a conduit for community building through connection with art, the artist residencies start with the selected artist’s shared interest in creating art as the initial connection to each other in order to grow community. The residencies, which run up to the demolition of 1540 Market (estimated to be late 2016), provides 22 artists from diverse backgrounds, working in a broad variety of media, with below-market-rate temporary studio workspace, along with programming and guidance intended to focus and nurture their artistic practices.
As San Francisco’s leading pan-city, apolitical visual arts nonprofit, ArtSpan’s initial foray into space planning and management through the Artists Residencies at the Journal Building is the first of what is hoped to be other opportunities to secure and create temporary and permanent creative work environments for current and future generations of San Francisco artists.