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Culture Aid

  • 120 mins

Photo courtesy Terilyn Steverson

This program serves as part of the culmination of the work SFUFF has been doing as Artists-In-Residence at YBCA.

The arts are a powerful force in our cities. Art changes the way we see the world, it can transport us to imagine different ways of living. Culture creates community and a sense of belonging. Yet many artists and culture organizations are surviving under fragile conditions and precarious support systems. 

There is a grassroots movement in organizing cultural districts that is getting traction with support from governmental agencies and private philanthropy that seeks to create more robust policies and urban planning processes that involve artists and vulnerable communities they are a part of.

Convene with us under the stars in YBCA’s courtyard for a celebratory evening of short films, spoken word, and dance performances to showcase San Francisco’s vibrant, diverse, and deeply rooted communities. In the second half of the evening, we invite the audience, artists and representatives from San Francisco’s cultural districts to participate in a fun interactive exercise to strategize together what actions are needed to strengthen the cultural fabric of our city. 

Join us at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’s Sculpture Courtyard. This event takes place outdoors, so make sure to dress accordingly. Masks are required at all times indoors, and outdoors while not eating or drinking. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID required. YBCA’s Health & Safety Policies can be found here.

Throughout the program, we invite you to enjoy a cash bar and local chef Azalina’s handmade appetizers.

Curation by Fay Darmawi and Kristal Çelik, supported by the SF Urban Film Fest Core Team


Isa NakazawaIsa Nakazawa (MC), Director of Marketing and Communications, BAVC

Bateria Batuci Bateria Batuci

James Q. Chan, Producer, Director

Citizen Film

Paloma Flores, Singer, Lyricist, Spoken Word Artist

Leticia Hernández-LinaresLeticia Hernández-Linares

Landa Lakes, Chickasaw Writer, Musician, Activist and Artist

Killa Heredia, Poet

Parangal Dance CompanyParangal Dance Company

Elisha RochellElisha Rochell

In this program

Two artists paint a large mural featuring women of color and monarch butterflies.

The Spirit of the Fillmore

Directed by Sophie Constantinou

Citizen Film produced a short film about the process of developing and designing the mural on the Rosa Parks Senior Center.

Leon Sun, an elderly Asian man, working in his art studio.

Leon Sun

Directed by James Q. Chan

A meditation on finding identity through art, activism, and community.

94124 When Did You Fall In Love With Art?

When Did You Fall In Love With Art?

Directed by Elisha Rochell

This short film focuses on when individuals who reside or have resided in Bayview Hunters Point and when they fell in love with different art types.

Dates & Times


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Sat, Mar 12
5:00 pm