Objective PR.1 Assure spaces for libraries, performing arts, theatre, museums, concerts, and festivals for personal and educational fulfillment
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, blood pressure, and heart rate.1-4
San Francisco General Plan, Arts Element, Objective VI-1: Support the continued development and preservation of artists' and arts organizations' spaces. Policies include:
1.1: Review, revise and coordinate city permit policies and codes to better meet the needs of the arts.
1.2: Support and expand programs directed at enabling arts organizations and artists to comply with City building and safety codes and to rehabilitate arts spaces.
1.3: Increase the use of City owned neighborhood facilities for the arts.
1.4: Preserve existing performing spaces in San Francisco.
1.5: Develop and maintain a mid-sized downtown performing arts facility available to community-based, culturally diverse arts groups easily accessible to visitors.
1.6: Insure the active participation of artists and arts organizations in the planning and use of de-commissioned military facilities in San Francisco.
1.7: Encourage the use of available and existing facilities under local government jurisdiction by artists and arts organizations.
1.8: Include arts spaces in new public construction when appropriate.
1.9: Create opportunities for private developers to include arts spaces in private developments city-wide.
1.10: Assist artists and arts organizations in attaining ownership or long-term control of arts spaces.
1.11: Identify, recognize, and support existing arts clusters and, wherever possible, encourage the development of clusters of arts facilities and arts related businesses throughout the city.
"...Arts and cultural spaces should be viewed broadly, and include consideration of performances, live/work, exhibition, rehearsal, meeting, administrative, and classroom spaces, in spaces not normally thought of as arts spaces..." Accessed on September 22, 2009: http://www.sfgov.org/site/planning_index.asp?id=41421
San Francisco Administrative Code, Section 3.19 requires that 2% of total construction costs for all capital improvements in San Francisco be dedicated to public art. This appropriation for art enrichment applies to proposed public buildings, above ground structures, parks, and transportation improvement projects. Available at: http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?sid=5&browseAllCodes=San%20Francisco
San Francisco Planning Code, Section 149 requires that new building construction or addition of floor area in excess of 25,000 square feet to an existing building in the Downtown Commercial District shall install and maintain public art costing an amount equal to 1% of the construction cost of the building or contribution to rehabilitation or restoration of a publicly owned building located in neighboring district and designated as a historical landmark. Available at: http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?sid=5&browseAllCodes=San%20Francisco