by Jessica RossPosted on

The on-going conversation about San Francisco’s transforming social landscape is one full of shared bitterness and tension. In a city where any given conversation begins with the baseline grievances of high rents, gutted arts programs and the overall influx of wealth and monopolizing industries, it’s no wonder people are frustrated. With that said, one nonprofit is hoping to make a positive impact. Art City, founded by former techie Luke Groesbeck, is a cultural establishment bent on retooling the perspective of San Francisco’s citizens by implementing a month-long public art program. Teaming up with local curators Tova Lobatz and Jenny Sharaf, Way Out West sets out to replace commercial advertising spaces with striking contemporary artworks.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Hosted at the historic Phoenix Hotel, ArtPadSF kicked off last night with an opening reception and party benefitting the SFMOMA SECA Award. Each gallery was given a pool-side hotel room to transform into a pop-up gallery, and visitors walked from room to room to see what each art space had to offer. Read the highlights and check out our exclusive photos after the jump!