San Rafael Art Works Downtown, Inc Open Studios Event - San Rafael San Francisco Bay Area Northern California

Mission Statement / Art Works Downtown, Inc.'s principal purpose is to establish and maintain a charitable center for the arts in downtown San Rafael; to assist the City in its plan to revitalize and redevelop the city with emphasis on culture and history; to encourage artistic activities; to educate the public and increase its appreciation of art; and to strengthen the relationship between artists, arts organizations, and the larger community.

How Art Works Downtown achieves its goals / By owning and maintaining a center for the arts on Fourth Street, Art Works Downtown plays a significant role in revitalizing and redeveloping San Rafael with emphasis on culture and history. AWD works to encourage artistic activities in San Rafael in six program areas:

  • Studios / providing affordable workspace to more than 40 local artists and organizations. The studios provide an ongoing opportunity for the public to visit and view art in the making.

  • Exhibitions / providing a formal gallery for Bay Area artists and informal exhibitions throughout the building.

  • Education / offering classes for all ages in a wide range of media.

  • Events / presenting gallery shows, lectures, readings, demonstrations, field trips, open studios, and facilities for community use.

  • Housing / providing seventeen affordable apartments available to qualified artists and others.

  • Outreach / cooperating with existing arts organizations in making art an everyday experience for the community.

  • Fund Raising / We are supported by the public, including individuals and businesses, and by foundations such as The Marin Community Foundation. AWD is registered as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

    AWD Fall Open Studios
    November 10 & 11, 11 - 5pm
    Visit over 40 artists in their studios.

    Art Works Downtown


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