Small City, Big Arts • San Rafael, California

 

Vision

The Downtown San Rafael Arts District partners with local arts leaders, businesses, city officials, and community members to create a vibrant and engaging environment that promotes well-being, equity, and inclusivity through the arts.

Mission

Provide access to world-class arts and culture education and experiences for everyone in San Rafael.

Values

  • Serving all.
  • Embracing the arts to build inclusive community relationships and dialogue to confront and address pressing social and economic issues.

  • Engaging the under-served and disadvantaged populations in our community to promote greater equity and diversity.

  • Creating a welcoming and innovative downtown community anchored and unified by a thriving arts and culture scene.

Benefits

  • Create opportunities for San Rafael youth.

  • Promote a safer, cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing environment.

  • Generate more business traffic through increased tourism.

  • Foster more engaged residents.

  • Welcome new arts-related businesses.


CA State Program

Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189 in 2015, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. Aligning with the mission and values of the California Arts Council, the districts will celebrate the diversity of California while unifying under an umbrella of shared values—helping to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.
Learn more here: www.caculturaldistricts.org


District Assets

  1. Art Works Downtown1337 4th St.
  2. Falkirk Cultural Center 1408 Mission Ave.
  3. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 4th St.
  4. Copperfield’s Books 850 4th St.
  5. Fenix 919 4th St.
  6. Riley Street Art Supply 1138 4th St.
  7. George’s Nightclub 842 4th St.
  8. Garzoli Gallery 930 B St.
  9. Mountain Play 1554 4th St.
  10. The Belrose 1415 5th Ave.
  11. Open Secret Bookstore 923 C St.
  12. San Rafael Public Library 1100 E St.
  13. Marin Society of Artists 1515 3rd St.
  14. Marin Shakespeare Company 514 4th St.
    (Location not pictured)
  15. Rebound Bookstore 1611 4th St.
  16. Youth in Arts 917 C St.
  17. Italian Street Painting Marin 5th and A St.
  18. Community Media Center of Marin 819 A St.
  19. Bananas at Large 1504 4th St.
  20. Seawood Photos 1601 4th St.
  21. The FolkArt Gallery 1321 4th St.
Downtown San Rafael Art District Map
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Downtown San Rafael Arts District Collaborative

Core Partners:

  • City of San Rafael
  • Art Works Downtown
  • Youth in Arts
  • California Film Institute
  • BID (Business Improvement District)

Others:

  • County of Marin
  • Italian Street Painting
  • Marin Shakespeare Company
  • Mission San Rafael

Arts Organizations Come Together and Celebrate Latinx Arts and Culture

Downtown San Rafael Arts District Announces Launch Events

The newly designated Downtown San Rafael Arts District, located along Fourth Street in San Rafael, officially launches this Fall with an exciting array of arts programming centered around the shared theme of Latinx. Latinx is inspired by national movements such as Spanish Heritage month and National Arts Education Week, as well as the City’s 30th Anniversary of the Día de Los Muertos celebration in November. Audiences of all ages can enjoy and experience a range of arts perspectives and voices from Latin America ranging from exhibits, film screenings, family programs, and more.
Sep 2018

 

Pacific Sun Article

Feature: Cultural Treasure Naomi Alessandra

California Arts Council names downtown San Rafael one of state’s 14 cultural districts
Nov 2017

 

Marin Independent Journal Article

San Rafael Honored for Its Art, Cultural Focus

City praised for galleries, studios, events, activities
Sep 2017

 

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