Celebrate art and the environment with a special series of free events held during the Global Climate Action Summit.

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September 5, 2018

Free Public Events You Can't Miss During the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

Over 4,500 delegates from all over the world will be celebrating "Culture for Climate" in San Francisco, Sept. 8-16, 2018. This special event is in support of the Global Climate Action Summit, coming to The Moscone Center, Sept. 12-14, 2018. The Summit is a cultural initiative that brings people together who share a common goal of inspiring leaders and organizations to make commitments to support climate action. 

While the conference is only accessible to attendees, "Culture for Climate" allows visitors and locals other, creative ways to participate in this historic occasion. Best of all, these events (unless otherwise noted) are free!

Here's how you can celebrate the arts and the environment during "Culture for Climate".

Free Ford GoBikes

In support of sustainability efforts, Ford GoBikes will be free for public use on Green Thursday Night of the Global Climate Action Summit. Explore the city by bike, in a convenient and environmentally friendly way! 

Green Thursday Night

The general public will have free access to a variety of exhibitions and program during San Francisco's Green Thursday Night on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5-9 p.m.

These 14 arts and culture organizations are proudly celebrating "Culture for Climate" and invite you to join them.

The American Book Binders Museum (355 Clementina St.)

The only museum of its kind in North America will celebrate the craft and artistry of bookbinding and share the unique stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies. On view beginning Sept. 11 will be the Hand Bookbinders of California's 46th Annual Members Exhibition, a once-a-year viewing for the general public to see design bindings, fine press, artists' books, and more.

Children's Creativity Museum (221 Fourth St.)

In partnership with the California Historical Society, the Children's Creativity Museum will host a hands-on workshop, "Making Seed Bombs" at the California Historical Society. This free Green Thursday Night event is a great opportunity for kids to gain knowledge about environmental protection and the climate's role in preserving natural resources. 

Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission St.)

Join the party at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for "Night at the Jewseum" on Sept. 13, an event celebrating Jewish culture. Learn about Jewish fashion and sustainability, "Ask a Rabbi" your most pressing cultural questions, and much more. Admission is free from 5-9 p.m. on Green Thursday.

Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market St.)

Immerse yourself in communal artwork reflective of the Bay Area's residents. On view Sept. 8 is Craig Calderwood's "See You In Hell, From Heaven", an art piece curated from low craft materials used as a tool for expressing survival and desire. You can also visit the the permanent exhibition on 501 Ellis St., "Tenderloin National Forest", a transformed alley where people can gather for public art, performances, and other activities.

Museum of the African Diaspora (685 Mission St.)

MoAD will stimulate conversation around climate change through an interactive workshop, "Black Liberation+Climate Justice", on Sept. 13 from 5-9 p.m. Activists will lead the discussion in addressing ecological justice and empowering people of African descent to be catalysts of change.

San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (401 Van Ness Ave.) 

In conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, the SFAC Galleries will show two exhibitions: "10,000 Fahrenheit"  and "Young Suh: Wildfires". These exhibitions feature photography and video about climate change by artists from the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago, New York, and Montreal.

San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) (654 Mission St.)

SPUR's "Polycentric Planning for Climate Change" will discuss a polycentric, or "bottom-up," approach to combatting climate change led by people at the local level instead of a global level. Guest speakers will discuss how existing city policies are addressing climate change at 12:30 p.m. Note: SPUR will be closed the evening of Sept. 13.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (151 Third St.)

SFMOMA's Green Thursday Night will feature "Living Wall" talks with David Brenner of Habitat Horticulture, pop-up gallery talks, and free evening access to all programming. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of what global climate change entails.

SF Camerawork (1011 Market St.)

The focal point of SF Camerawork is to shed light onto various social issues, including the environment. They address the age of climate change through workshops and exhibits, and will have a photography auction exhibition featuring works by Ansel Adams, Wesaam Al-Badry, Debra Bloomfield, and more.

SOMArts (943 Brannan St.)

Leveraging the power of art as a tool for social change, SOMArts will have "The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods" exhibition on view through Oct. 2, 2018. The exhibition's theme represents empowerment and spiritual traditions of the African diaspora.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St.)

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host a variety of special exhibits around the Global Climate Action Summit, including the San Francisco Green Film Festival, "Bureau of Linguistic Reallity", and "A Showcase of Emerging Green Vehicle Technology" (featuring ZEV cars on display).

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (Mission St. between 3rd and 4th Streets)

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the parks and open spaces throughout San Francisco. On Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, they will host free lunchtime performances, and on Sept. 13, free performances will take place from 5-8 p.m.

Public Arts Projects (various locations)

Sites Unseen is a fiscally-sponsored public art project of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District that serves to activate seven unused alleys in the neighborhood in the form of artworks, performances, and other happenings. During the summit, attendees can visit installations such as Barry McGee's "Untitled" (255 Third St.), Leah Rosenberg's "Local Color" (180 New Montgomery St.), and Hank Willis Thomas' "LOVE OVER RULES" (165 Jessie St.).


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