“The SF Bicycle Coalition held our annual member party, Winterfest, at SOMArts for close to ten years. Their space and staff was great to work with as our organization and party grew. They accommodated our needs and worked with us to redefine the space so that we could stay within budget and still throw a stellar party.” —Jodie Medeiros, SF Bicycle Coalition
Q: Where can I purchase liability insurance for my event?
A: Below are some events insurance providers. These alphabetically listed resources are provided for informational use only and not intended as an endorsement.
Q: I am interested in using the Bay Gallery for an exhibition. Do I need exhibition insurance?
A: SOMArts Bay Gallery is also the main thoroughfare to our offices, classrooms and other event spaces and is accessible to the public during building hours. We strongly encourage taking whatever precautions you feel are necessary to protect your work, including scheduling a gallery monitor during your exhibition and using secure hanging techniques to ensure that your artwork is properly protected.
In most cases, SOMArts Curator & Gallery Director is available for consultation on how to register your artwork as it comes in and out, and how to craft loan agreements for participating artists. Please request this service when inquiring about your event.
Queer Cultural Center offers periodic free workshops on “Safe Exhibitions: Protecting Art from light damage, deterioration due to poor humidity, and other precautions to make art on exhibit safe as well as securing art from theft and damage.”
Q: Will I have access to telephones, computers, and/or wireless internet for my event?
Q: I would like to place a sign or banner outside the building in advance of my event. Can I arrange this?
A: Due to the large number of events that come through the building we cannot guarantee signage, but we will do what we can to work with you if you let us know your needs in advance. We strongly recommend advance requests for any signage inside or outside of the building.
Q: What about moving furniture such as the refrigerator, reception desk, etc.?
A: Physical equipment or facilities are not to be moved, removed or changed without the permission of SOMArts staff. In some cases, large furniture can be moved. Additional labor charges may apply.