Stairwell’s Valley Step Works


HVAW is excited to announce the residency of Stairwell’s during the month of August, culminating in a celebratory daytime event on Sunday, August 28.

A collaborative project led by San Francisco-based artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin, Stairwell’s creates new experiences that challenge familiar understandings of everyday surroundings. The project has taken many forms, from site-specific interventions to group walking tours to curated exhibitions. Stairwell’s seeks to foster temporary communities of curious and engaged individuals, providing opportunities for connections and changes in perspective.


Stairwell’s will hold on-site hours at HVAW as they develop their final event: an exploratory walk, circuit training of the non-athletic variety and prizes for those who do something exceptionally well.]

Check and for updates!

Live on Mutiny Radio from Hayes Valley Art Works

Diamond Dave performs his conceptual art piece “Welcome to the capital of the future” on Sundays starting at noon from the grassy knoll at Hayes Valley Art Works. Gail Baugh, February 2016.

On the Common Thread Collective this week, Diamond Dave, Global Val, Clare Walker and Jay Rosenberg talk about 49 Farms and Hayes Valley Art Works, some of the history and “hipstory” of San Francisco, from the 50’s through the Summer of Love to the Freeway Revolt, Loma Prieta and Occupy on Mutiny Radio. We’ll be on the air on Fridays, live from Hayes Valley Art Works,.

Poet and San Francisco staple Diamond Dave Whitaker was recognized on February 2 by the Board of Supervisors, who declared the day in his honor. Laura Waxmann, February 2016.

Parcel O Set To Become Temporary Arts Space ‘Hayes Valley Art Works’

By Nuala Sawyer, Hoodline

It’s been seven months since we first brought word that Parcel O may become a temporary arts space, and now the paperwork has been signed and the ball is officially rolling. Called “Hayes Valley Art Works”, the new project at Laguna & Fell has gotten the go-ahead to use the plot of land, and is looking for volunteers to help develop the space.

Former Hayes Valley resident and business owner Russell Pritchard helped launch the idea earlier this year, after meeting with both the mayor’s office and Supervisor London Breed to present the idea of a community arts space. The plot of land will eventually become low-income housing, but the planning and paperwork mean that ground won’t be broken until late next year at the earliest. In the meantime, the neighborhood is welcome to use the space.

In an email sent out by the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association on Friday, the plan for the parcel was described as “a place to come together to discuss, learn, teach, share and express artistic vision for the betterment of the neighborhood.”

A sculpture garden, art gallery shipping container, free workshops and site-specific installations are just a few ideas dreamed up for the parcel so far. Jay Rosenberg, former organizer of The Hayes Valley Farm, is currently heading up the project.

Rosenberg tells us that the first month or so will include getting structures set up and ready for use as exhibition spaces, seating areas, and a visitor’s center. Wheelchair-accessible paths through the space will also be put into place.

After some basic infrastructure is in, Hayes Valley Art Works will be whatever the community makes it. “A big part of this whole project will be the work of artists, and those who appreciate art,” Rosenberg told us. “There’s not much to do, except for what we want.”

If you have ideas for the space and would like to get involved, you can email  hayesvalleyartworks [at] gmail [dot] com. There’s no firm timeline for when the community space will debut, but you can stay in the loop by checking the schedule of volunteer work parties on the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association’s website, or grab brunch at Suppenkuche on Sunday morning for a brainstorming and planning session.

This article was originally published on November 2, 2015 on Hoodline. Photo by Andrew Dudley. Read the original article here.