Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

About the Museum


Interior, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Founded in 1993 as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens development, YBCA’s work spans the realms of contemporary art, civic engagement, and public life. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves. YBCA features visual art, performance, and film/video that celebrates local, national, and international artists and the Bay Area's diverse communities.

While museums maintain permanent art collections, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a non-collecting organization – more like a European kunsthalle. This frees up resources that can be directed towards developing new, innovative cultural programs. Unlike museums, YBCA places equal emphasis on visual arts, performing arts, the art of film, and our civic engagement work. This means that each visit to YBCA can be a new and very different experience.

(Photo: Flickr CTG/SF)

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