Descriptive Title: Art and cultural centers by admission fee

Geographic Unit of Analysis: Point

Arts & Cultural Facilities (as of 02/17/12) Address Price Youth Price Senior /  Student Price General Admission Discounted Price Discount Frequency
A Traveling Jewish Theatre 470 Florida St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Actors Theatre - SF 855 Bush St $26 $26 $38 NA NA
African Amer. Histor. & Cultural Society 762 Fulton St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
African American Art & Culture Complex 762 Fulton St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Alcatraz Island, Nat'l Recreation Area Alcatraz Island $16 $25 $26 NA NA
American Conservatory Theater 415 Geary St   $10 $10 $10 NA NA
Aquarium of the Bay The Embarcadero 39 $10 $10 $17 NA NA
Arab Cultural & Community Ctr. of SF 2 Plaza St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Asia Society 500 Washington St $20 $20 $20 NA NA
Asian Art Museum  200 Larkin St $2 $12 $12 $0 First Sunday
Asian Pacific Cultural Ctr. 934 Brannan St na na na NA NA
ATandT Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza $12 $14 $13 NA NA
Audium 1616 Bush St $20 $20 $20 NA NA
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology 2415 3rd St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Bayfront Theatre (Bats) 38 Fort Mason $14 $16 $15 NA NA
Bayview Opera House 4705 03rd St $5 $10 $15 NA NA
Beat Museum 540 Broadway $5 $5 $5 NA NA
Bindlestiff Studio 1072 Folsom St $5 $5 $5 NA NA
Blue Bear Performance Hall 38 Fort Mason $30 $30 $30 NA NA
Brava Theater Ctr. 2781 24th St  $7 $9 $8 NA NA
Buffalo Soldier Museum & Library 201 Halleck St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Buriel Clay Theater 762 Fulton St $10 $10 $10 NA NA
CA Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Dr $20 $25 $30 $0 Third Wednesday
CA Historical Society 678 Mission St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Cable Car Museum 1201 Mason St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission St $3 $5 $7 $0 First Tuesday
Chinese Culture Center of SF 750 Kearny St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Chinese Historical Society of America 965 Clay St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Club Fugazi (Beach Blanket Babylon) 678 Green St $25 $25 $25 NA NA
Commonwealth Club of CA 595 Market St $17 $19 $18 NA NA
Communications Museum of SF 1515 19th Ave na na na NA NA
Conservatory of Flowers  100 John F Kennedy Dr $3 $3 $5 $0 First Tuesday
The Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St $0 $10 $12 $0 First Tuesday
Counter Pulse 1310 Mission St $15 $15 $17 NA NA
Cowell Theatre 38 Fort Mason na na na NA NA
Crissy Field Ctr.  38 Fort Mason $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Curran Theater 445 Geary St $31 $31 $31 NA NA
Davies Symphony Hall 201 Van Ness Ave $15 $15 $15 NA NA
De Young Museum (SF Fine Arts Mus) 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr $7 $8 $11 $0 First Tuesday
El Teatro de la Esperanza 2940 16th St na na na NA NA
Eureka Theatre (42nd Street Moon) 215 Jackson St $20 $20 $20 NA NA
Exit Theatreplex 156 Eddy St $8 $8 $8 NA NA
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon St $12 $12 $15 $0 First Wednesday
Fine Arts Gallery, SFSU 1600 Holloway Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Galería de la Raza  2857 24th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
GLBT Historical Society 4127 18th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area  38 Fort Mason $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Golden Gate Railroad Museum-SF 1755 E Bayshore Rd na na na NA NA
Golden Gate Theater 1 Taylor St $28 $30 $29 NA NA
Haas-Lilienthal House 2007 Franklin St $5 $8 $8 NA NA
Hansberry Theatre 450 Post St $30 $37 $43 NA NA
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave $10 $10 $15 NA NA
Holocaust Ctr. of Northern CA (HCNC) 2245 Post St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Hyde Street Pier 499 Jefferson St $0   $5 NA NA
Hypnodrome 575 10th St $30 $30 $30 NA NA
Intersection for the Arts 925 Mission St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Japan Society of Northern CA 500 Washington St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship, Pier 45 45 Pier $5 $5 $10 NA NA
Knuth Hall, SFSU 1600 Holloway Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Lamplighters Music Theatre 469 Bryant St $15 $18 $30 NA NA
Legion of Honor (SF Fine Arts Mus) 100 34th Ave $7 $8 $11 $0 First Tuesday
Magic Theatre 38 Fort Mason $30 $30 $30 NA NA
Marines Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter St $15 $15 $15 NA NA
McBean Theater, Exploratorium 3601 Lyon St $10 $12 $15 NA NA
Mexican Museum 38 Fort Mason $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Mission Cultural Ctr. for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Candlestick Park   $26 $28 $27 NA NA
Musee Mechanique Pier 45 $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Museo Italoamericano 38 Fort Mason $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Museum of Craft & Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Ln $0 $4 $5 $0 First Tuesday
Museum of Performance & Design 401 Van Ness Ave $15 $15 $15 NA NA
Museum Of Russian Culture 2450 Sutter St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Museum of Vision 655 Beach St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Nat'l Japanese Amer. Historical Society 1684 Post St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
New Conservatory Theatre 25 Van Ness Ave $26 $26 $26 NA NA
Next Stage Theater 1620 Gough St $20 $20 $25 NA NA
North Beach Museum  1435 Stockton St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Octagon House-Decorative Arts Museum 2645 Gough St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
ODC Theater 3153 17th St $15 $15 $25 NA NA
Orpheum Theater 445 Geary St $31 $31 $31 NA NA
Our Little Theatre 287 Ellis St $15 $15 $15 NA NA
Pacific Heritage Museum  608 Commercial St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St $12 $14 $13 NA NA
Phoenix Theatre 414 Mason St $20 $20 $20 NA NA
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Ctr. 2981 24th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Presentation Theater, USF  2350 Turk Blvd $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Presidio of SF Museum 105 Montgomery St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Project Artaud Theater 499 Alabama St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Queer Cultural Ctr. 934 Brannan St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Randall Museum 199 Museum Way $6 $10 $10 NA NA
Ripley's Believe it or Not! 175 Jefferson St $10 $20 $20 NA NA
Root Division Art Space 3175 17th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
S.F. Playhouse 533 Sutter St $30 $30 $30 NA NA
SF Arts Commission Gallery 401 Van Ness Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Arts Institute 800 Chestnut St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Botanical Garden 1199 09th Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Camerawork 1011 Market St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Ctr. for the Book 300 De Haro Street $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Fire Museum 655 Presidio Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF History Ctr. @ SF Public Library  100 Larkin St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Maritime Nat'l Historical Park 38 Fort Mason $0 $5 $5 NA NA
SF Museum & Historical Society  785 Market Street $0 $0 $0 NA NA
SF Museum of Craft+Design 130 Bush St $3 $3 $3 NA NA
SF Museum of Modern Art 151 03rd St $0 $12 $18 $0 First Tuesday
SF Zoo 1 Zoo Rd $6 $8 $12 $0 First Wednesday
Shelton Theater 533 Sutter St $15 $15 $15 NA NA
Society of CA Pioneers Museum  300 04th St $3 $3 $5 NA NA
SomArts Cultural Ctr. 934 Brannan St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Southern Exposure 3030 20th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
The Lab 2948 16th St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
The Marsh 1062 Valencia St $8 $11 $11 NA NA
Theatre 39 The Embarcadero 39 $22 $24 $23 NA NA
Theatre Rhinoceros 2926 16th St $12 $14 $13 NA NA
Theatre Tableau Vivant 574 Natoma St na na na NA NA
Thick House 1695 18th St $5 $5 $5 NA NA
Treganza Anthropology Museum, SFSU 1600 Holloway Ave $0 $0 $0 NA NA
USS Pampanito Pier 45 $0 $2 $2 NA NA
Victoria Theatre 2961 16th St na na na NA NA
Walt Disney Family Museum 104 Montgomery St $12 $15 $20 NA NA
War Memorial Opera House 401 Van Ness Ave na na na NA NA
War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave na na na NA NA
Wax Museum at Fisherman's Warf 145 Jefferson St $7 $10 $14 NA NA
Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf  145 Jefferson St $7 $10 $14 NA NA
Wells Fargo History Museums 420 Montgomery St $0 $0 $0 NA NA
Yerba Buena Ctr. for the Arts 701 Mission St $5 $5 $7 $0 First Tuesday
Young Performers Theatre 38 Fort Mason $7 $10 $10 NA NA
Z Space Studio 450 Florida St $5 $5 $5 NA NA
Zeum 221 04th St $10 $10 $10 NA NA

Why Is This An Indicator Of Health and Sustainability?

Research finds that the influence/effects of the arts on health are to:  induce positive physiological and psychological changes in clinical outcomes; reduce drug consumption, shorten length of stay in hospital, improve recovery time, increase job satisfaction, promote better doctor-patient relationship, improve mental healthcare, and reduce depression and blood pressure.a-d

Interpretation and Geographic Equity Analysis

Our search for art and cultural facilities from commonly used websites returned 131 establishments (see limitations for inclusion requirements).The map above shows that most art and cultural facilities are located in the Downtown/Civic Center, Financial District, Marina, Mission, South of Market, and Western Addition neighborhoods. Fifteen out of the 37 planning neighborhoods had none of our listed art and cultural facilities within them. Seven neighborhoods had less that 20% of their residents within ½ mile of one of the listed facilities:  Crocker Amazon, Diamond Heights/Glen Park, Outer Mission, Treasure Island, Oceanview, Excelsior, and Parkside.

It is recognized that in many cities there exists a core arts and culture corridor and that facilities are generally not evenly distributed throughout the city, particularly in low density residential areas. Therefore, in this indicator we chose to also focus on financial accessibility, in addition to geographic proximity. Of the 131 establishments that we included, 50 charged no admission fee for any age group. Six charged no fee for children, but collected a fee for adults and seniors. Twenty-seven establishments offered a reduced admission fee for seniors/students compared to the general admission cost.

Methods

Facilities included here were gathered via the websites listed in the Data Sources section. Given the subjective nature of what is considered an art or cultural space, we developed specific criteria of what is included on this list of art and cultural facilities. Facilities included on the list meet the following criteria:

  • There is an actual, non-changing physical location for the facility
  • The facility is open to the public throughout the year, not just a short term or one-time per year activity
  • The primary function is public display of artistic/cultural entertainment or education
  • The facility is listed on one of the websites mentioned in the data sources section.

The list of art and cultural facilities does include:

  • Cultural organizations whose physical space is not regularly open to the public to provide cultural education, workshops and/or events
  • Multiuse art/cultural facilities that include space for performance, theater, galleries, and workshops/events
  • Historical societies that focused on cultural history and historical locations that serve as major tourist destinations
  • Major performance halls, theaters and galleries of colleges and universities in San Francisco because their primary function is public sharing of artistic and cultural works

The list of art and cultural facilities does not include:

  • Dance, theater or other performance companies, studios or troupes that do not have an actual facility/building structure that the public can regularly attend
  • Studios and workplaces whose primary function is to facilitate creation of art/cultural works, not the public presentation of art/cultural works/events
  • Public art, which though publicly accessible, is not its own facility
  • Art galleries whose primary purpose is the sale of art works
  • Artist warehouses and private art collections
  • Bars/clubs that host live music and coffee shops with art displays
  • Locations of annual events, festivals, parades, street fairs, expositions nor the hosting organization of that annual event
  • Organizations providing support services to musicians and artists
  • Traveling presentations/performances or historical tours without a single physical space/affiliated institution
  • Centers whose primary function is to teach art, music, dance classes
  • Public or private elementary, middle or high school performance spaces
  • Spaces used for rehearsals but not performances
  • Cultural organizations that are not regularly open to the public or serve primarily as a membership organization to support its members
  • Churches and cathedrals, whose primary functions are religious, that regularly host concerts and other performances were not included.
  • Projects or programs of hosting organizations
  • Organizations providing support to tourists

The admissions costs reported here are based on lowest found admissions fees during an internet and phone search during the winter of 2011-12.

Limitations

This is not an exhaustive list of arts and cultural facilities. There are additional art and cultural facilities in San Francisco that may not be included here.

Some music halls were not included because they fall under the category of bars/clubs -- specifically they generate substantial revenue from the sale of alcohol, in addition to the sale of tickets for the musical event. These facilities are cultural institutions, however because of the difficulty in distinguishing these facilities from bars whose primary function is to serve alcohol and occasionally offer live music, all institutions that draw substantial revenue from the sale of alcohol were excluded. The exclusion of bars/clubs and art galleries may limit this list of art and cultural facilities, however until more comprehensive criteria can be developed, this will need to be a caveat of the institutions included.

A more comprehensive list would potentially include some or all of the spaces/items listed as "not included" above.  Due to the subjective nature and lack of data to determine whether an institution primarily serves local residents or serves the general city population and tourists, SFDPH is currently unable to develop a list of neighborhood-serving cultural institutions, though such locations are recognized as valuable assets to neighborhoods.

Many different factors influence whether an individual as access to art and cultural facilities including (but not limited to) geographic proximity, hours of operation, costs of entry or participation, transportation to the event, culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and publicity, the cultural relevance to the individual, and time/availability.

Data Source

Lists of facilities obtained from the following websites. Accessed September 2006:

Map and table prepared by City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section using ArcGIS software.

Detailed information regarding census data, geographic units of analysis, their definitions, and their boundaries can be found at the following links:

Interactive boundaries map

http://sfindicatorproject.org/resources/data_map_methods

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