We generate culture that moves people.
At YBCA, we believe that cultureâ€”the collection of art, traditions, values, human experiences, and storiesâ€”is what enables us to act with imagination and creativity, to act socially, politically, and with conviction. Culture manifests place and instigates change in the world.
We believe that more and different kinds of people need to be defining culture today and more people need to have access to cultural experiences that are relevant to their lives and their communities. We need new definitions and new experiences that bring people together regardless of their differences in order to make the diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture we need today. We believe that the arts should be on the front line of change and that cultural institutions exist to spur and support big societal movements.
Through powerful art experiences, thoughtful and provocative content, and deep opportunities for participation, we are committed to kindling inclusive culture that cultivates empathy, awakens personal and societal transformation, and reaches for a world fueled by inspiration.
The need has never been stronger than now. With your support, we can answer the call.
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Where We Work
What We Do
At YBCA, we curate performances, exhibitions, screenings, events, public projects, think tanks and convenings at our center and in our community that are focused on the big questions and stories of today. Serving as San Franciscoâ€™s center for art, collaboration and social movement, we catalyze personal and social transformation, generating culture and inspiring civic action among communities that leads to a brighter future for our city and our world. Just a few examples of the many learning-centered initiatives at YBCA include: the MARKET STREET PROTOTYPING FESTIVAL (http://marketstreetprototyping.org/), an annual open call to artists, designers and citizens to develop and test innovative new ideas for re-energizing San Franciscoâ€™s public space, with an ultimate goal of generating connection, inspiration, joy and empathy among the diverse people in our city; the CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM (http://ybca.org/initiatives/think-tank), five annual cross-sector think tanks with diverse makers, thinkers, activists, professionals and citizens who together investigate the urgent questions of our time, collectively looking into themes like Ecology, Economy, Personal Labor, Urban Futures and Place; and the YBCA100 (http://ybca.org/100), an annual process celebrating and providing a platform for one hundred creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are shaping the future of American culture and who currently inspire our work at YBCA.