ArtSpan's Community Engagement program connects local ArtSpan artists with the San Francisco community to provide public art, and art activities at popular events to engage patrons in art-viewing and art-making. 



ArtSpan is partnering with Build: Public and the Friends of Hickory Alley under funding from the San Francisco Community Challenge Living Alleys Grant approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create a large-scale transformative muralscape across several buildings on Hickory Alley between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue. We are seeking an ArtSpan artist member (current or new - click here to join now) to design imagery based on the concepts and parameters listed below. Residents and business owners form the Hickory Alley community will select the mural design. 



APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 7, 2018


  • Transform the physical character and perception of Hickory Alley from a neglected back-alley to a space cared for and watched over by residents and employees through creating murals and installing overhead decorative lighting
  • Make Hickory Alley a destination for residents and visitors to appreciate art
  • Cultivate a gathering place and add vitality to the block
  • Create a shared, activated alley that supports legitimate uses throughout the day and evening
  • Involve the community in the process of mural planning and creation
  • Offer collaborative solutions to complex public sector problems and effective ways to generate consensus and engagement, as well as innovative tools for the delivery and financing of public infrastructure and its long-term maintenance
  • Draw passersby on Franklin & Van Ness into alley with iconic, eye catching artwork visible from multiple vantage points
  • Play with levels of engagement - draw audience from afar; intrigue up close
  • Encourage pedestrian foot traffic
  • Tie block together through single mural across multiple buildings
  • Maximize linear landscape to unify alley
  • Involve as many buildings as possible to maximize impact
  • Transform street from back alleyway to pedestrian space to encourage buildings to reorient toward to Hickory as entryway for future businesses, tenants and redevelopment
  • Offer a way for pedestrians to interact/capture themselves (taking photos, playing music, gathering in the space)
  • Create a welcoming space that is desirable day and night for activities and entertainment 

  • The Hickory Alley side of the following contiguous building addresses (5-7 rear facades): 

- Confirmed: 159 Fell, 155 Fell, 149 Fell

- Proposed: 165-67 Fell, 145 Fell

- Potential add-ons: 171 Fell

  • Site has the possibility to grow as we continue to work with the community and surrounding property owners (design must be able to adapt to expanding facade, to be confirmed by mural installation in April 2018)


Questions? Contact [email protected]



ArtSpan presents Community Mural Projects to engage San Francisco event visitors to participate in a collaborative painting activity facilitated by ArtSpan artists.

ArtSpan's Lead Artist Facilitator creates an original, small-scale, mural design that will be gridded off into small, square cells. Each participant selects a square and reinterprets the original imagery on their own mini-canvas. In the end, hundreds of individual participants will contribute to a collaborative 4’ x 6’ mural.
This event can take place outdoors or indoors, and the artwork can be displayed in community spaces to showcase the collective creativity of San Francisco patrons.

To learn more, please contact [email protected].




Super Bowl City Art Walk 

January 30 - February 7, 2016 at Market Street, Embarcadero, Justin Herman Plaza, and Sue Bierman Park

ArtSpan was proud to partner with the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to represent the Bay Area artist community at Super Bowl City with the work of ten local artists. The Art Walk’s collection of images celebrated California from the region’s natural beauty to the diversity of its cities, always embodying a spirit of discovery. From the dynamism of the Gold Rush to the present role that the Bay Area holds as the world’s innovation laboratory, California continues to build the future. We encouraged Super Bowl 50 fans and Bay Area visitors to enjoy the Super Bowl City Art Walk as we celebrate California and work to keep art alive in San Francisco.

Selected artists: 

Annie Galvin, Carol Kummer, Chad Hasegawa, Eric Rewitzer, Michele de la Menardiere, Paul Madonna, Phillip Hua, Rachel Znerold, Spencer Brown, Stacey Carter.


See the map below for the Art Walk locations at Super Bowl City: