Home | Calendar | Special Lecture | Arts for the City: Civic Arts for Urban Change

Special Lecture | Arts for the City: Civic Arts for Urban Change

Arts for the City cover
Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change

This event is expired.

Susan Wels and Kate Patterson (director of communications, San Francisco Arts Commission), plus special guests.

Special lecture presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.

What role has social activism played in shaping the arts in San Francisco? From the building of Coit Tower, in 1933, to the culture wars of the 1980s, San Franciscans have long been instigators, driving cultural movements forward. Hear best-selling author Susan Wels share excerpts from her recent critically acclaimed book, San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932–2012, which chronicles the San Francisco Arts Commission’s role in shaping the city’s physical and cultural landscape. Wels will be joined by Matthew Passmore, cofounder of Rebar, and Michael Gene Sullivan, a principal member of the groundbreaking San Francisco Mime Troupe. They will discuss how their practices are rooted in social activism, and how artists are changing our urban fabric to make San Francisco a more livable and sustainable city. A book signing for San Francisco: Arts for the City immediately follows the presentation.

Ticket Information

Free tickets are available in front of the Koret Auditorium beginning at 5:30 pm. No advance reservations necessary. Seating begins at 6 pm.


The Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Contact Information
Gregory Stock