Saturday, September 26, 2009

PASSPORT 2009

Here's a Press Release for an art project Marci's getting involved with in October.

Press Release: Passport 2009
Posted on September 26th, 2009

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Meg Shiffler, SFAC Gallery Director
(t) 415.554.6080 (e) meg.shiffler@sfgov.org
Photos available on request.

THE SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION GALLERY ANNOUNCES PASSPORT 2009

A new annual event celebrating Bay Area artists
and San Francisco’s vibrant neighborhoods.

San Francisco, CA, August 13, 2009 – On October 23 & 24, 2009, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (SFAC Gallery) inaugurates Passport, an annual event that invites the public to stroll through one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods to create their own limited edition art book by collecting “passport stamps” made by local artists.
For Passport 2009 SFAC Gallery has commissioned more than a dozen Bay Area artists—including Libby Black, Veronica de Jesus, Maria Forde, Maria Porges, Andrew Schoultz, and Marci Washington—to each create their own version of a passport stamp. Participants purchase a passport booklet, (featuring a cover-design created by artist Tucker Nichols specifically for this project,) and then follow a map to various neighborhood locations where they can collect artist-made stamps. Passport 2009 will take place in San Francisco’s Mission District, celebrating its longstanding status as the hub of the city’s art community. After a day spent discovering some of the brightest spots of this lively neighborhood, each passport holder will have a limited-edition book with original artwork from some of San Francisco’s finest artists, both established and emerging.
Passport 2009 begins the evening of Friday, October 23, with a kick-off party at The Polish Club, featuring passport pre-sales, live music, libations, and a raffle. The following day, on Saturday, October 24, the event convenes at the Mission Playground public park, which will serve as Passport 2009 home base between the hours of noon and 4pm. During that time, participants can stop by to pick up a map, purchase a passport, or bring family and friends to relax on the lawn and enjoy a hot dog and soda while mingling with other Passport 2009 revelers.
“We’re very excited to announce this new event for the Bay Area art community, which is sure to become a highly anticipated annual tradition,” states SFAC Gallery Director Meg Shiffler. “The artists’ creativity combined with strong neighborhood spirit will no doubt make for a fun adventure for everyone who participates.”
Passports may be purchased in advance for $25 and are available starting September 15 at the SFAC Gallery, Electric Works, Silverman Gallery, and at the Passport 2009 kick-off party on October 23. On the day of the event, passports may be purchased at the Mission Playground home base. Only official Passport 2009 booklets will be eligible to receive stamps. For information about the event visit www.sfacgallery.org, e-mail aimee.leduc@sfgov.org, or call 415.554.6080.

Passport 2009 is organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Proceeds from the event go toward the SFAC Gallery’s Programming Fund, which supports artist honoraria and exhibition costs.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Passport 2009 Kick-Off Party
Friday, October 23, 7–10 p.m.
The Polish Club, 3040 22nd Street, San Francisco
$5 suggested donation at the door; free for passport holders.

At the Passport 2009 kick-off party, guests can pre-purchase passport books, enjoy drinks, get down to live music and enter to win raffle prizes from community partners. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide free valet bike parking at the event.

Passport 2009
Saturday, October 24, noon–4 p.m.
Passport 2009 home base: Mission Playground, Valencia between 19th & 20th.
Stamps located at various locations in the Mission District, San Francisco

Visit favorite spots in the Mission District or discover new ones while collecting original stamps created by Bay Area artists for Passport 2009. Stop by Passport 2009 home base at Mission Playground to purchase a passport, pick up a map of locations, learn more about the SFAC Gallery, or relax and enjoy $1 hot dogs in the park with the whole family. Participating artists include Libby Black, Veronica de Jesus, Maria Forde, Maria Porges, Andrew Schoultz, and Marci Washington, among others.

Information and Passport Purchase
Passports are $25. They will be available starting September 15 at locations including the SFAC Gallery, Electric Works Gallery, Silverman Gallery, Rare Device and at the Passport 2009 kick-off party. Passports may also be purchased the day of the event, at Passport 2009 home base, located at the Mission Playground, (enter on Valencia between 19th & 20th).

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
t: 415.554.6080
f: 415.554.6093
www.sfacgallery.org
www.sfartscommission.org

About San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist’s projects, the SFAC Gallery’s programs provide new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialogue. The SFAC Gallery was founded in 1970 and is the exhibitions program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco.
The San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Our programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. The Commission was established by charter in 1932 (Charter sections 5.103 and 16.106).

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