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Building the Building: SOMArts’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition


Opening Reception, Thursday, July 18, 6–9pm

SOMArts is proud to present Building the Building, a sampling of work by artists who laid the foundation for SOMArts both creatively and administratively, artists whose contributions bridged multiple generations of the space, and artists who continue to work with the organization today. Curators Kevin B. Chen and Rio Yañez took inspiration from the internal nickname for SOMArts’ large physical space – “the building.” The show honors and celebrates artists and leaders who have made SOMArts what it is today: a crucial champion of culture and community.

About the service


At the core of the organization’s impact is the dedicated service of our volunteer community. Volunteers connect with an organization that continues to be deeply rooted in the community, committed to values of arts equity, and actively engaged in the San Francisco Bay Area’s arts ecosystem. This past fiscal year, our team of over 100+ volunteers donated 900+ hours of service towards supporting 13 multicultural programs. With the generosity of our volunteer community, SOMArts continues to cultivate a place for social transformation, human connection, and collective healing. SOMArts passionate and generous volunteers are indispensable to achieving our goals as a cultural center. Help us bring our groundbreaking program of exhibitions and events to the community. Join our group of talented volunteers and gain valuable non profit experience while getting an exclusive behind the scenes look at our innovative programs.


  • Expand your social/ professional network with the exhibiting artists, performers, curators and staff of SOMArts.
  • Support the production of SOMArts’ multidisciplinary events and exhibitions
  • Satisfaction of knowing you play an essential role in SOMArts’ success!


In conjunction with SOMArts’ diverse, creative exhibitions, we host various programs including; receptions, panel discussions, community dinners, performances, and other exciting events. Our volunteers fulfill a variety of important roles that support all areas of event operations.

  • Visitor Experience
  • Box Office & Concessions
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Vendor Market Assistance
  • Photo & Video Documentation

In conjunction with our annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition, SOMArts offers docent-led tours for over 30 Bay Area schools and after school programs, serving 700+ students. Tour curricula centers around social justice pedagogies that connect theory to practice, and arts to activism. Our volunteers fulfill a variety of roles that supports gallery and tour operations such as:

  • Gallery Attendant
  • Education Tours & Docent
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