Yerba Buena Center for the Arts/Yerba Buena Gardens

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located in San Francisco and brings art experiences and education to the Bay Area community. The center was incorporated in 1986 and includes two buildings: Galleries and the Novellus Theater. The center seeks to " embrace and celebrate a diversity of arts, cultures, and audiences." There is no permanent art collection, but what is included at the center combines contemporary art, popular culture and community, similar to the European Kunsthalles. The center offers performances, exhibitis, film and video premiers and screenings, community programs and a variety of other events. The center has hosted more than 2,200 works of visual, performing and media artists. The center is home to a variety of community and school programs. Residents of and visitors to San Francisco can enjoy art in a comfortable environment with an opportunity to engage and dialogue and learning sessons. The Youth and Schools Programs are intended for children aged five through 18 and bring art to schools and the youth community. The Young Artists at Work program provides children with a paid, afterschool opportunity to engage in the arts. The Discovering YBCA programs are a great way to explore the galleries in a self-guided or guided manner. Guests also enjoy lectures and demonstrations concerning the art on display.

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