2 Blocks of Art Showcases Art and Culture in Central Market

In a celebration of arts and culture, 100 local artists will exhibit in 25 locations on September 28 and October 19 during the third annual 2 Blocks of Art event in San Francisco. These art walks, which were developed to boost economic activity for small businesses and create visibility for local artists on 6th Street between Market and Howard, have expanded this year into the emerging Central Market area with performances and temporary public art in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“Sixth Street is one of San Francisco’s main thoroughfares with a diversity of small businesses, and a long history of innovative arts and performance centers and galleries,” said Tracy Everwine, project director at Urban Solutions. “2 Blocks of Art is an open house for the community. We are proud to be able to extend into Central Market to showcase local talent. ”

“Over the past two years, the San Francisco Arts Commission has been deeply involved with a variety of neighborhood non-profit organizations, local businesses, and city agencies to support Central Market’s development into a lively and sustainable cultural district with arts at its core,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “By working with Urban Solutions and featuring local artists, we’re capitalizing on the neighborhood’s strengths and bringing positive activity and interest to the area.”

This year’s event includes an outdoor photography installation by 6th Street resident Rey Cayetano, Jr. and illustrated, life-size portraits of Central Market residents by Joel Philips, cutting edge fashions by Hector Manuel, and performances to live music by Tenderloin-based dance company Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco. Fashion designers, jewelry makers, illustrators and musicians round out this truly unique arts experience.

Produced by the non-profit economic development group Urban Solutions, 2 Blocks of Art spotlights the vibrant and diverse creative community in Central Market as well as the small businesses in the neighborhood. The art walk is free and open to the public. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and theaters along the walk will offer discounted food, drinks and admission prices. A walking map of artists, venues and food and drink specials can be downloaded at 2 Blocks of Art.

What:                  2 Blocks of Art, Central Market art walks
Where:               Market Street (5th to 7th) and 6th Street (Market to Howard) in San Francisco
When:                 Friday, September 28, 4-8 pm and Friday, October 19, 4-8 pm

2 Blocks of Art 2012 is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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