San Francisco Arts Commission

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Rising costs in the Bay Area have forced many artists to pack up and leave town to find more affordable places to live. Tom DeCaigny is the Director of Cultural Affairs at the San Francisco Arts Commission, and it’s his job to understand the issues that artists and non-profits are facing in this city. 

  

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As part of the monthly 3rd on Third neighborhood arts celebration, the San Francisco Arts Commission hosts a discussion with cultural activist Juan Fuentes and the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas. The two will talk about the inextricable link between art and politics for them in the past and current work including Emory’s projects with the Zapatistas in Chiapas and Juan’s contributions to a nation-wide collective of Chicano/Latino printmakers.

In San Francisco, there’s a program that pairs aspiring young writers with professional mentors. It’s called WritersCorps and it’s sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission. One of the students is apprentice DeAsia Landrum.