SOMArts All Access, April 8–10

IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO SOMARTS, NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! All Access weekend is a FREE intro to the classes, exhibitions, performances and events happening at one of the nation’s premier alternative arts centers.

What: SOMArts All Access
When: Friday, April 8—Sunday April 10
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan @8th) and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown
Cost: FREE!

SoMa Social and Opening Reception of SPREAD: California Conceptualism Then and Now
SoMa is a hub of creative activity for workers in technology, art and design. We’re inviting the whole neighborhood to stop by after work, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the exhibition opening for SPREAD with the creative community who makeup the SOMArts family.

Curated by the OFF Space collective, SPREAD investigates a 60-year history of conceptual art and new media in the Bay Area. The exhibition is the fourth and final 2010/11 Commons Curatorial Residency in the SOMArts Main Gallery.

TEDxSFED MashED Up: Re-imagine Education (SOLD OUT)
TEDxSFED will showcase a mosaic of learning paradigms with speakers who are re-imagining education both in and out of the classroom. View simulcasts at various locations citywide or online at

TEDxSFED is supported by SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to non-profits and community organizations.

SOMArts will be opening its doors for a Sunday of art, food and entertainment at its first ever “all access” open house—so be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting opportunity to learn about all of the artistic resources SOMArts provides for the local community!

Mobile Arts Platform: Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: NPC Lot (enter on Buchanan St between Sutter and Post)
SOMArts Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) artists Peter Foucault and Chris Tregiiari, present a pop-up exhibition at the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival. The exhibit will include hanging scroll etchings by Seiko Tachibana, origami lessons with Jeremy Shafer of Bay Area Rapid Folders, an interactive “scent piano” designed by Yosh Han, tea-bowl making workshops by ceramicist Kate Stirr and a haiku flashmob led by Silvi Alcivar of The Poetry Store.

The Cherry Blossom Festival annually receives support from the SOMArts Technical Services Program, which provides staging, runways, seating, wheelchair-accessible lifts and pa systems to neighborhood fairs and festivals throughout the city.

SOMARTS ALL ACCESSS! Open House & Pop-Up Shop
SOMArts opens its doors for a Sunday of art, food and entertainment! Stroll through the community garden, grab lunch from a local food cart, and learn more about our classes, activities and events, including opportunities to:

  • Purchase artwork and crafts made by local artists at the SOMArts Pop-up Shop—all within the accessible price range of $5–25. Coordinated by Dia de los Muertos curator Rene Yañez and Main Gallery Curator & Gallery Director Justin Hoover.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at our studio spaces (print studio, darkroom, dance & ceramics studios), including demonstrations by Katie Gilmartin of Chrysalis Print Studio as well as Tom Ferentz and Rene Jones of Sixth Street Photography Workshop.
  • Meet Ajay Deshmukh, coordinator of San Francisco’s longest-running figure drawing class! Ajay will be showing artwork from students and answering questions for the drawing-curious.
  • Enjoy writers from Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck who will be eating, reading and sharing work from the monthly series.
  • Visit the Mobile Arts Platform’s recreation of its Cherry Blossom Festival exhibit  in the SOMArts Bay Gallery.

Open House Workshop and Demonstration Schedule

2:00-2:30 Origami with Jeremy Shafer of Bay Area Rapid Folders
Chrysalis Studio Printmaking Demonstration with Katie Gilmartin
3:00–3:30 Darkroom Q&A with Rene and Tom of Sixth Street Photography
3:30–4:00 Yoga Meditation led by Crystal Nelson in the SOMArts Dance Studio AND Origami with Jeremy Shafer of Bay Area Rapid Folders
4:00–4:30 Chrysalis Studio Printmaking Demonstration with Katie Gilmartin
4:30–5:00 Darkroom Q&A with Rene and Tom of Sixth Street Photography
5:00–5:30 Yoga Meditation led by Crystal Nelson in the SOMArts Dance Studio

We are currently looking for volunteers, in-kind donations of refreshments and arts supplies, and local business ambassadors. For more information on how you can help, please email

Generous support for SOMArts programming is provided by the Community Arts and Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Creative Work Fund. Support for All Access Weekend is provided by Bed Bath & Beyond, Rainbow Grocery, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Trader Joe’s.

Promotional support has been provided by community partners at the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, YMCA of San Francisco, Catholic Charities CYO, La Casa de las Madres, Imagine Bus Project, 826 Valencia, and Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco.