ARTventure Tours

Go on, get out of the hotel and experience the incredible variety of art and culture throughout San Francisco and the East Bay first-hand!

ARTventure Tours are a great opportunity to dig into the art all around you. These special off-site, educational tours are available to all Convention attendees and are designed to showcase the artistic successes of our beautiful host city.

Each ARTventure has a maximum capacity of 40 persons. Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

ARTventure Tours require an additional fee of $60 per person. Based on availability, Convention attendees are allowed to bring a maximum of two guests.

ARTventure Tours will take place on Saturday afternoon, departing the Convention headquarters hotel on foot or by bus (depending on the tour) at 1:30 p.m.

Please note: If you do not wish to participate in an ARTventure, there will also be Convention programming during this period.

ARTventure Tours
are supported in part by

the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Tour 1: Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

San Francisco’s touchstone Latino Cultural District reflects San Francisco’s unique personality. A neighborhood filled with vibrant colors, aromas and creative energy. Visit Brava! For Women in the Arts, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Galería de la Raza and the most concentrated collection of murals in the city. Bus Tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3:5 hours.

Tour 2: Tales of the City: Queer Arts & History
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Castro, once dairy farms and dirt roads was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States, and remains one of the most prominent areas for LGBTQI activism and events in the world. Harvey Milk, Armistead Maupin, The Rainbow Flag, the recently renovated SF LGBT Center, the avant garde psychedelic hippie theater group The Cockettes, and the Tenderloin’s Compton Cafeteria where the first trans riots occurred in 1966, three years before Stonewall—learn the stories behind the iconic places, people and images that changed civil rights history, and that continue to move the dial today.
Walking and Street Car Tour. Departs Hilton Hotel at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3 hours.

Tour 3: Summer of Love: Hippies to High Art
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Highlighting one of the defining moments in San Francisco’s history, this tour celebrates the spirit of the 60’s that still lives on today. Travel through Haight Street, visit the de Young museum’s The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibition, view the Maya Lin public artwork at the Academy of Sciences and roll through Golden Gate Park, the location of the 1967 Human Be-In, to end your day at the historic Beach Chalet and its WPA-era murals, along with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Bus Tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3.5 hours.

Tour 4: Yerba Buena Cultural District
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Perhaps the most prominent cultural district in the city – Yerba Buena is home to the newly expanded SFMOMA (now the largest museum of contemporary art in the nation), the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Historical Society, and one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary art centers, YBCA. It is also future home of the Mexican Museum. Walking Tour. Departs Hilton Hotel at 2:00pm. Duration approx. 3 hours.

Tour 5: San Francisco's Southeast Cultural R/Evolution: 1888-2017
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Dogpatch and Bayview Hunters Point are two neighborhoods experiencing major transformations. The Bayview Opera House, constructed in 1888, is San Francisco’s oldest theater and is a designated historical landmark. Hunters Point Shipyard is home to the nation’s largest artists’ colony with more than 250 working studios. Two relative newcomers are Imprint.City which uses the arts as an economic stimulus in underserved communities, and Minnesota Street Project which offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits in three warehouses. Bus Tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3.5 hours.

Tour 6: Hella: Oakland's Arts Scene
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Explore Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. Meet the city’s arts and culture makers and leaders who contribute to Oakland’s thriving arts and entertainment district. Bookended by Oakland Art Murmur’s galleries and the Black Arts Movement Business District, the Broadway corridor is dense with a diverse range of arts institutions including Creative Growth, Youth Radio, Malonga Center for the Arts, Pro Arts, and black box and historic theaters. Public Transportation and walking tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3.5 hours

Tour 8: The Importance of Place: Cultural Centers & Cultural Districts
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Two City-supported Cultural Centers, South of Market Arts Center (SOMArts) and the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) exemplify multi-use arts spaces that serve their respective communities through adult, family and afterschool programs while incubating new and exciting artwork, exhibitions and innovations. They are each adjacent to cultural districts – some on the brink of transformation and some that have forever changed communities. Learn about City policies that have deeply impacted the historic fabric of a place, its people and its culture—with mixed results. Bus Tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3.5 hours.

Tour 9: How to Survive a Real Estate Boom: Stories of Resilience and Innovation
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Come see where the internationally recognized Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) began its work, transforming the Central Market and the Tenderloin neighborhoods from a district at risk of losing numerous cultural assets due to the highly volatile real estate market to one marked by thriving arts organizations with stable long-term leases and lease-to-own agreements. How do we create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations to facilitate equitable urban transformation? Visit and learn from the success stories of CounterPulse, the luggage store, Root Division, Women’s Audio Mission and the Center for New Music, and how the city in partnership with CAST and Northern California Community Loan Fund made it possible. Walking Tour. Departs Hilton Hotel at 2:00pm. Duration approx. 3 hours.

Tour 10: Transformative Use: Military Base to Cultural Space
Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Presidio and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture are both pioneers in the reuse of former military bases. Situated on some of the city’s most beautiful real estate with pristine views of the Golden Gate Bridge, each location has a remarkable and unique history. Learn about the public-private partnerships that created these landmarks, the organizations housed on acres of repurposed space (including LucasFilm’s San Francisco Campus and the San Francisco Film Society in the Presidio; the San Francisco Art Institute’s new building and SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason), the site specific Andy Goldsworthy and For-Site Foundation art installations that draw millions of visitors, and how to sustain these cultural assets amid million-dollar views of San Francisco Bay. Bus Tour. Departs Hilton at 1:30pm. Duration approx. 3.5 hours.