Presenting an exhibition that celebrates the art and legacy of the Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP). Though NAP no longer exists, its impact and legacy still resonate. San Francisco's six cultural centers were born out of tireless advocacy from the NAP and neighborhood activists. The contributions of the cultural centers (African American Art & Culture Complex, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Bayview Opera House, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Queer Cultural Center, and SOMArts) are represented by the drawings, prints, paintings, and objects made by three generations of artists closely associated with these centers who have been creating vibrant, multidisciplinary art since the 60s.
Curated by Kevin B. Chen and Jaime Cortez, this survey considers the legacy of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Neighborhood Arts Program and the development of the city’s six cultural centers. Featuring works by an astonishing roster of artists, including Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Nancy Cato, Enrique Chagoya, Veronica De Jesus, Yolanda López, René Yañez and many others.