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From July 9–August 20, 2015, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's fiscal sponsor, SOMArts Cultural Center, presents Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. As a key contributor to the exhibition, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism will be opening up our Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive and online History Collection Lab, to support online and offline efforts to gather, organize, and share archival material from Bay Area alternative spaces and this monumental exhibition.

Were you there? Did you make a scene? If you were/are part of an artist-run, alternative Bay Area space, please consider sharing your stories and historical material. Share articles, information, and ephemera for Collective Memory and Making a Scene through our History Collection Lab. Memories, stories, flyers, photos, documents, and shoeboxes welcome!

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Alternative Spaces - San Francisco

18 Reasons

2nd Floor Projects

31 Rausch

80 Langton St. Gallery

848 Community Space

Adobe Books Backroom

African-American Art & Culture Complex

Alter Space

Ampersand International Arts

Amsterdam Cafe

Art at the Dump

Artillery Apparel Gallery

Artists' Television Access (ATA)


Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC)

Asterisk San Francisco

Aurobora Press

Back to the Picture – Latin American Gallery

Back to the Picture – SOMA Gallery

Barber Lounge

Bay Area Video Coalition

Bayview Opera House

Bell Jar

Big Umbrella Studios

Bindlestiff Studio

Blush Wine Bar

Brava Theatre Center

Cafe International

Café Royale


Chrome Industries

Circus Center

Collage Gallery

Cowboys & Angels

Creativity Explored

Cultural Odyssey


Developing Environments

Divisadero Community Gallery

Double Punch

Edo Salon & Gallery

Encantada Gallery of Fine Arts

EOS Restaurant & Wine Salon

Fivepoints Arthouse

Folsom Street Foundry

Footwork Studios

Forty Acres

Frankee Uno Salon & Gallery (closed)

Frankenart Mart

Free Gold Watch

Galeria de la Raza

Giant Robot SF

Gray Area

Incline Gallery

Inside Modern

Intersection for the Arts

Invisible Venue

Kearny Street Workshop


Left Curve

Lower Haters

Luggage Store Gallery

Madrone Art Bar

Mama Art Cafe

Medicine Agency

Million Fishes

Mission Comics & Art

Mission Cultural Ct for Latino Arts

MR The Barbershop & Lounge (closed)


Needles & Pens

Painted Bird

Park Life

Paxton Gate

Postmodern African American Homosexuals

Precita Eyes Musralists Association

Project One


Public Barber Salon

Push Studio

Queen’s Nails Projects

Queer Cultural Center (QCC)

Queseda Garden Initiative Mural Space



Rare Device

Rayko Photo Center and Galleries

Rhythm and Motion Dance Workout Program

Root Division

San Francisco Black Film Festival

Secession Art & Design

Shotwell 50 Studios

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Sixth St. Photograph

SomArts Cultural Center

Southern Exposure

Spare Room Project


Studio 3579


Tedda Hughes

The Curiosity Shoppe

The Garage Biennale

The Lab

The Samore Gallery

The Upper Room

Theater Artaud

Underglass Framing

Upper Playground

VASF Gallery

W Hotel

Wild SF Tours

Wonderland SF

Y2Y Gallery

Youth Speaks

Alternative Spaces - East Bay

Aggregate Space

Betti Ono

Black Dot Artist Collective

Continental Club (Closed)

East Side Art Alliance

Ebony Museum (Closed)

Joyce Gordon Gallery


Malidoma Collective

Oakland International Film Festival

Omiiroo (Hiatus?)

Royal Nonesuch Gallery


The Great Wall of Oakland

The Living Room Project


Jeremy Novy

Royal Chicano Airforce

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.