Ever believe that art could transform a neighborhood? This past weekend I witnessed it's potential in the opening of the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival. On Friday, September 28th, I was on the corner of 6th and Market when my colleague said "It feels like we're in New York." The streets were bustling with musicians, art mural projects, crowds were streaming out of businesses and arts organizations, and the entire evening was anchored by dance at two outdoor plazas. How rare that I can say I spent five hours experiencing our Central Market neighborhood. Over three years ago 24 Days of Central Market Arts was formed and supported by then Mayor Gavin Newsom. The support for Central Market and its potential for revitalization through the arts continues and the festival is now in it's third year of offering free outdoor, high impact events. This upcoming Saturday LINES Ballet will launch our new family event - The HeART of Market: Dance, Create, Connect an afternoon full of participatory art and dance for all ages held in Mint Plaza from 12-3 pm. We hope you can experience the power of art to transform a neighborhood. When: Saturday, October 6, 12 – 3 pm Where: Mint Plaza What: Browse photography and art displays by youth from the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club, get hands on at Burning Man Project’s Recycled Art Station, jump onstage for all-ages dance classes where you can shake it to infectious Bollywood beats or feel the cool vibe of theater jazz. Participate in a partnering class with your child, friend or neighbor and jump around to the live marimba accompaniment of Zimbabwean dance. Learn how a dance is created alongside LINES BFA and Training Program students who will perform and then teach excerpts of the choreography. Take a break and get lunch from Mint Plaza
Food Trucks while watching performances by LINES Dance Center students ina new piece by Bay Area choreographer and LINES Dance Center Teacher Stacey Printz.