• Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


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Mission Statement

Our Mission We generate culture that moves people. YBCA believes that culture is an essential catalyst for change. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of arts institutions to spur and support societal movement. Our mission is fulfilled through five key platforms: The presentation of leading edge contemporary art The incubation of game changing creative ideas A commitment to inquiry, and asking the urgent questions of our time Convenings that bridge people, communities, and sectors Civic coalitions that create lasting change and policy shift


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s most innovative arts institutions. 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.

Each year, more than half a million people participate in programs at our downtown campus and throughout the community. Our curators and artist-collaborators present hundreds of programs annually, making YBCA a hub of creative energy throughout the year.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is not an art museum. While museums maintain permanent art collections, YBCA 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.



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