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September 19th Culture for Community

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Culture For Community Thursday, September 19th, 2019

In conjunction with Yerba Buena 3rd Thursdays, Culture for Community will be an expanded free day in the neighborhood where you can visit the area’s world class museums, galleries and cultural institutions while getting discounts at local bars and restaurants.
September has an expanded list of partners that include:

Participating Institutions:

California Historical Society
678 Mission St.
5 - 8pm
Enjoy a summer happy hour at the CHS bookstore during the Sept 19th, 3rd Thursday event. Support the California Historical Society and purchase with a purpose while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. Light snacks included.* This Event will also include a special docent- led tour of Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire and Overland to California: Commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad begins at 6:00PM.

Children’s Creativity Museum
221 Fourth Street
The Children’s Creativity Museum will be open for free public access from 10 am to 7 pm and in addition to regular programs which encourage collaborative design and creative thinking we will offer program in the visual and performing arts.

Crown Point Press
20 Hawthorne St.
Crown Point Press will be exhibiting a group of new etchings by the San Francisco sculptor, Gay Outlaw.  To augment the exhibition Valerie Wade, Director and Gay Outlaw will curate a companion group of etchings by gallery artists from Crown Point’s long history.  September 12 - October 31, 2019 

Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)
Free all day, 11am—9pm 
Night at the Jewseum, 6—9pm 

Explore the mystical path of Kabbalah during this evening of performances. Featuring the musical stylings of clarinetist Ben Goldberg, a pop-up by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and a choreographed, Museumwide performance by Izidora Leber LETHE. Immerse yourself in the intergenerational dreamscape of the exhibition, Daria Martin: Tonight the World.  

Mirus Gallery
540 Howard Street
Mirus will be showcasing the work of Mario Mankey

"Facts and Desires of Anthropocene" Solo Exhibition”

Here's his artist statement:

Using the Mario Mankey name, I manifest the underlying contradictions between human and primate.

I work on human behaviours I find disturbing. I focus mainly on the eternal contradictions of the modern individual as a result of their ambitions and limitations.

The aesthetic game is brought in as a way to introduce fun but also sarcasm. Thus, the works are addressed at a diverse, but also intimate audience, seeking to establish an artistic dialogue, be it arisen from a canvas, a street mural, a comic book or whichever new challenge brought in by this relationship.

Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD)
Free All Day

6pm-8pm Open Mic: Storytelling Through the Generations  

In the spirit of celebrating the importance of intergenerational knowledge and storytelling, join us for an evening of spoken word and playback theater, featuring amazing poets from throughout the Bay Area. Featured artists will span the generations. Participate or just watch 

* More updates on exhibition content and the names of the featured poets coming soon.  


Free All Day, 10am –9pm  
151 3rd St.

In celebration of our community, see The Chronicles of San Francisco, a digital mural by internationally known artist JR, highlighting faces of the Bay Area. This exhibition is ongoing and located at our Howard St. entrance. Step further into our galleries and see generations of photographers who confronted the rules and constraints of photography in, Don’t! Photography and Art of Mistakes.  

Take a guided Spotlight Tour, with a Museum Guide and enjoy seven floors of art-filled gallery space. 

*Additional exhibitions and programming to be announced soon!

This 3rd Thursday three SFMoMA eateries will be participating in the Culture for Community event

654 Mission Street
SPUR is planning content around intergenerational, urban living. Please check the online calendar for more details:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
701 Mission Street

Join us for YBCA's monthly Free Third Thursday program and enjoy specialty cocktails, a DJ, Artist to Artist conversations on themes of intergenerationality, and complimentary admission to the West Coast premiere of The Body Electric. Traveling from the Walker Art Center, the exhibition is on view from September 6, 2019 - January 26, 2020 and features an intergenerational and international group of artists rethinking the body and identity in digital technology with an emphasis on questions of gender, sexuality, class, and race.

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
3 - 7:30pm
111 Minna St
111 Minna Gallery will be holding Happy Hour during Culture for Community. All customers will receive 2$ off beers, wines and well drinks
!Come on down to 111 Minna Gallery for great booze, great art, lots of fun, and drink specials.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
6 - 7:30 pm
Let’s Go Salsa on Jessie Square
On Mission between Third and Fourth Street in front of The Contemporary Jewish Museum.

  1. Raised by Angolan parents in Congo’s capital Kinshasa (when the country was known as Zaire), charismatic Los Angeles vocalist Ricardo Lemvo has honed an irresistibly grooving Afro-salsa sound, blending Congolese rumba and soukous with Cuban charanga and son. Belting out his original songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Lacumi, Kikongo and Lingala, Lemvo is a longtime favorite in Yerba Buena Gardens, where he’s delivered several incandescent performances. His latest album, 2014’s La Rumba SoYo (Cumbancha), delves more deeply into his Angolan roots, with startling beautiful arrangements of traditional songs and originals written in collaboration with Angolan artists.  

Check back soon to see the complete list of partners and join our email list to be the first to know what is happening.

Participating Restaurants & Bars

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August Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday

Join us for Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday, August 15, 2019

Participating Museums & Institutions

California Historical Society

Free Third Thursday at CHS: Summer Store Happy Hour and Docent Tour

Explore our current exhibitions for free from 5:00PM-8:00PM. A special docent-led tour of Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire and Overland to California: Commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad will begin at 6:00PM.

August 15th 2019 @ 5:00pm-8:00pm

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street

ASL Deaf Docent-led Tour
Join us for a free guided tour in American Sign-Language (ASL) of the exhibition Annabeth
Experiments in Sonic Potential: Kyle Bruckmann
Musicians from the Bay Area’s rich improvisational jazz scene perform live music in conversation with Annabeth Rosen’s ceramic sculptures. 7:00pm

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
701 Mission Street
Info pending

Museum of the African Diaspora

Closed for a changing exhibition, join us next for Culture for Community, September 19

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Let’s Go Salsa! Jessie Square
On Mission Street between 3rd & 4th in front of CJM)

Cabanijazz Project

The dynamic Mexican-born conga player Javier Cabanillas has come a long way since he started performing in pop-up flea markets in the streets of Tijuana.

August 15th 2019 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm

Bar and restaurant partners include:

  • B Bar- Happy Hour Pricing at 720 Howard Street inside the Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Novela-Happy Hour Pricing at 662 Mission Street

  • Thirsty Bear-10% off of your bill at 661 Howard Street

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Yerba Buena  3rd Thursday July 18th
5:00 PM17:00

Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday July 18th

3rd Thursday July 18th, 2019

Come Join us July 18th, 2019, 5:00pm - 8:00pm for our Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday event! Please come out and support your local Yerba Buena program and organizations, We have Salsa! Poetry slams! Tours! and many more. 


701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

July 18th 2019

We are still here FT. YR Media starts 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Get Tickets Here 

Join YBCA at 3rd Thursday for an inspirational discussion lead by YR Media



685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

July 18th 2019

Community Voices kick starts @ 5pm - 5:30pm

Come Join us to watch our favorite Bay Area poets, recite poetry in response to the most recent art exhibitions.

We have our Community Voices: Poets Speak series happening 5-5:30pm

Then Open Mic will be from 6-8pm 

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

July 18th, 2019

Come join the Comtemporary Jewish Museum at July’s 3rd Thursday event, where you can get 8$ off general admission!

California Historical Society 

678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Explore our current exhibitions for free from 5:00PM - 8:00PM

 A special docent-led tour of Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire and Overland to California: 

Yerba Buena Garden Festival

Manny Martinez

Jessie Square on Mission between Third and Fourth Street

Manny Martinez performance starts @ 6pm - 7:30pm

Now here's a performance you wouldn’t want to miss! Manny Martinez a powerhouse vocalist who’s played a central role in the Bay Area alternative music scene for three decades. Is performing at this 3rd Thursdays Lets Go Salsa!

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Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday for June 20th

Join us for Yerba Buena 3rd Thursdays on June 20th, 2019

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Salsa in Jessie Square and JESÚS DÍAZ Y SU QBA from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

See more here.

Other Participating Institutions:

  1. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Curator Swap! Read more here. From 6:00-8:00 pm.

  2. California Historical Society
    Call and Response: Curator Swap from 6:00-8:00 pm. See more here.

  3. Museum of the African Diaspora
    Experience Open Mic night, see more here.
    Experience the MoAD exhibition and more, read more here
    Schedule of events:

    5:00 – 5:30pm Community Voices: Poets Speak with Tongo Eisen-Martin

    6:00 – 7:30pm Call & Response: Curator Swap


  4. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Kickoff SF Pride weekend with YBCA and Compton's Transgender Cultural District.

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 53rd anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots – a defining moment for the LGBTQ community, as drag queens and trans women stood up to police violence in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. In partnership with Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, hear from the leaders about the history and origin of the district and what the next year has in store.

    Show us your pride-ready outfits and finish off your looks at our makeup stations featuring Sephora products. Sephora ambassadors will provide makeup tips to help you keep your look fresh. Step into our photo booth hosted by Shot in The City Photography and be featured in our Pride-themed digital lookbook, released in August.

    As part of our monthly Free Third Thursdays, enjoy specialty cocktails, Bay Area DJ’s, and access to our newest exhibition, Identity and Pride, a glimpse into the perspectives of youth ages six to eighteen exploring broad themes of identity, including gender, ethnicity, culture, community, and love.  This month’s Artist to Artist conversation will feature filmmaker Nava Mau and visual artist Micah Bazant speaking about their practice and experiences as trans artists and how that has come to shape and define their work.


    5PM: Galleries free, bar open and DJ spinning in the lobby, Nava Mau’s film Waking Hour screening on loop in Screening Room, Shot in the City Photography booth open, Sephora “Finish Your Look” station open.

    6:15PM: A word from the leaders of the Compton’s Trangendered Cultural District

    6:30PM: Artist to Artist conversation featuring Nava Mau and Micah Bazant

Exciting collaboration is happening in June between the The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), California Historical Society (CHS) and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) launch a new progressive gallery talk. Educators and curators examine work in each museum's exhibitions in connection with Pride.

We will begin at MoAD at 6pm, spend 20 minutes in each space, moving on next to CHS and concluding at the CJM. Join us to learn new perspectives and create connections with neighboring Yerba Buena institutions.

Free admission to all three institutions.

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Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday: May 16th

Experience the Yerba Buena neighborhood of downtown San Francisco on 3rd Thursday

May begins the season for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and on 3rd Thursday they feature a live salsa band with salsa dancing on Jessie Square which is the plaza in front of The Contemporary Jewish Museum featuring their Let's Go Salsa@Jessie!  See the whole Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Let’s Go series here.

Other Participating Institutions for Thursday, May 16 from 5 to 8pm

  1. California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

  2. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street

  3. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street

  4. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street

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Yerba Buena 3rd Thursday April 2019

The April 18th Yerba Buena 3rd Thursdays features one location in April at YBCA!

Find out more here. Enjoy the artist talk at 6:30 pm.

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Join our email list to get updated info, we send one email a month.

The rest of the collaborators will join us back in May on Thursday, May 16th including the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival which will have a live salsa band and dancing on Jessie Square in front of The Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Culture for Community
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Culture for Community



Arts and culture organizations around the Yerba Buena neighborhood have joined together to collaborate and offer special themed programs on two Thursdays in 2019.  Culture for Community, a unique group of Yerba Buena district institutions, will open their doors for free on March 21 and September 19, 2019.  In addition to providing free access to their regular arts and culture programming, each free day will feature programs focused on an issue of special importance to the Bay Area community.

See the locations page for more details.

The inaugural free day on March 21 will honor Womxn’s History Month and carry the sub-brand Culture for Womxn.  Following a series of cultural shifts driven by and impacting womxn, including the Women’s Wave of elected representatives in Washington D.C., the #MeToo movement, and threats to transgender rights, the Culture for Community coalition will tap into their shared communities to amplify a broad cross-section of womxn’s issues.  All members of the community are invited to participate in a full day of special events, activities, and museum and gallery hopping in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood.  

A sampling of programs offered during the Culture for Womxn events on March 21 will include:  MoAD’s open mic night featuring local womxn of color poets; Rad Women Live at SFMOMA, with author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, the awe-inspiring women behind the New York Times’ best-selling books Rad American Women A to Z, Rad Women Worldwide and Rad Girls Can; and a Purim drag cabaret featuring LOL McFiercen and Miss Shugana at The CJM.

The organizations comprising Culture for Community range in size, mission, and scope, and involve visual arts organizations, cultural entities, and community focused groups, including:

Participating Institutions

  1. 111 Minna,

  2. California Historical Society,

  3. Children’s Creativity Museum,

  4. Crown Point Press

  5. The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM),

  6. Mirus Gallery

  7. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD),

  8. SFMOMA,

  9. SOMArts,

  10. SPUR,

  11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA),

The Yerba Buena community includes some of the top restaurants in the City, and some are participating in Culture for Community with special offers on March 31 to individuals attending institutions on the list above. Participating restaurants include:

  1. Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery

    661 Howard Street
    11:30 am to 10:00 pm

    Offering 10% off your bill with your Culture for Community sticker

  2. Pizzeria Delfina Downtown
    688 Mision Street
    11:30 am to 10:00 pm
    Free dessert with meal purchase to include soft serve or ice cream cup or cone with your Culture for Community sticker.

  3. 111 Minna
    111 Minna Street at Second
    7:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Coffee Bar and happy hour pricing and special 3rd Thursday promotion with your Culture for Community sticker

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3rd Thursdays February 2019

Experience the art and culture of the Yerba Buena neighborhood for free or discounted entry. 
Join us Thursday, February 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm
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Stay tuned for more information for our super duper Third Thursday, March 21st with SFMOMA called Culture for Community 

Participating Cultural Organizations 5:00-8:00 pm 

  1. California Historical Society see more here

  2. The Museum of the African Diaspora, see here 

  3. The Contemporary Jewish Museum discounted $5 entry, see more here 

  4. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts see more here 

Bars & Restaurant Partners
Thirsty Bear at 661 Howard Street is offering 10% your entire bill! 
Novela at 662 Mission Street is offering happy hour pricing and a special Third Thursday punch. 

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