Artspan is an organization focused on supporting and exhibiting the work of artists based in San Francisco. Housed right here at SOMArts, the two-decade old institution evolved from the SF Open Studios program that was initiated in 1975 by enterprising artists who wanted to make their work more accessible to the public. The decision was made to open their studios concurrently over one weekend and invite visitors to see where and how their art was made. By 1991, when Artspan was founded as a 501(c)3 non profit organization, the current model of open access spread over four weekends was in place, and programming expanded to include opportunities for youth, family and community members. The catalogues exhibited here represent a tangible, visual archive of Artspan as a vibrant community organization and the artists who have and continue to participate in this unique model.
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