Your Arts & Culture Guide to Yerba Buena and SOMA
San Francisco’s South of Market district boasts many museums, public art and interactive light installations all within two blocks.
Experience the Creative Process of Improvisation-Based Arts
Generating a culture that moves people through a community that thrives on inspiration
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) was designed to embrace and celebrate a diversity of arts, cultures and audiences. With no permanent art collection, the center bridges the seemingly contradictory worlds of pop culture, contemporary art and community aesthetics. Experience one of their newer initiatives, Jazz@YBCA, which puts a spotlight on jazz in the present tense by featuring women in jazz, youth and legacy-makers and improvisation experimentation.
It's Worth Arriving Early to the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Celebrating Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas within the context of 21st-century perspectives
Free tours (with paid admission) of The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s architecture and current exhibitions are offered on a first-come/first-served basis and are limited to the first 20 people. One of the tour options is the Docent’s Choice Tour, which is an opportunity to learn from a tour guide who shares their favorite artworks within a lively conversation.
Explore the Art and History of African Heritage
Learn about the African diaspora that has affected communities and cultures from around the world
The Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) focuses exclusively on African diaspora culture and presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures across the globe. Visit the Wells Fargo Heritage Center and explore four main themes of diaspora—origin, movement, adaptation and transformation—to foster greater understanding and empathy among people everywhere.
California's Rich History at Your Fingertips
Inspiring people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives
The California Historical Society (CHS) boasts a diverse collection representing the environmental, economic, social, political and cultural heritage of the entire state, including materials from outside California that contribute to a greater understanding of the state and its people. The CHS Collection comprises a diverse body of materials documenting the history of California, including: 50,000 volumes of books and pamphlets, 4,000 manuscript collections, 500,000 photographs and much more.
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