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!

Timelapse: Under a full moon for Labyrinth Design with Mary Teetor

Thanks to Mikal Malkovich and Peter McQuaid from Haight Street Art Center, we were able to have a GoPro camera  capture some amazing footage of last month’s Labyrinth Design with Mary Teetor @HVArtWorks.

Watch it happen →

With the help of Abuntoo, a new fundraising platform where donors can pick rewards offered by a local business as a thank-you gift, we are launching a month-long campaign to raise $3,000 for a new project for the site, ‘A Walk Through Time’, which will combine art with an interactive narrative history of Hayes Valley.  To support the project and to receive rewards from local businesses like CityRide Bike Rentals, visit Abuntoo at

Nathaniel Arnold at Hayes Valley Art Works

Amazing Views from Above and Below

The transformation from a vacant lot to an active, beautiful community space is more and more apparent everyday. We’re beginning to see our beloved vacant lot in a new light (well, new lights) and also from a new perspective.

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View of Hayes Valley Art Works from rooftop garden at Avalon Hayes Valley. Nathaniel Arnold, February 2016. 

A big thank you to Nathaniel from Avalon Hayes Valley for the exciting perspective from the rooftop of the apartments across the street on Hickory (a.k.a. Parcel P, the old 101 on-ramp, the Hayes Valley Farm tree-fic jam and apiary, etc.).

With City Hall in the background and our new lighting in the foreground. Daniel Farnan, February 2016.

If you would like to share your photos or illustrations of Hayes Valley Art Works, we would love to show them off!

Please send your photos (or links to where you’ve published them) to or post them with the hashtag #hayesvalleyartworks.

We’re very interested in unique perspectives, and can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Time for play at Hayes Valley Art Works

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Photos by Jay Rosenberg and Elese Moran, February 2016.