This recently renovated arts complex features the 203-seat Buriel Clay Theatre, the Sargent Johnson Gallery for Black visual culture, meeting spaces, dance studios, archives of African American history, a recording studio and a multi-use space available for rent. Located in the heart of the historic Western Addition, the complex celebrates Afro-centric artistic and cultural performance exhibition and programming, focusing specifically on African American artists from the area. Youth classes are offered in hip-hop dance, audio engineering, and animation, among other things.
The Italian Cultural Institute promotes Italian culture by offering exhibitions, performances, film screenings and more.
Founded in 1979, this city-owned gallery and concert space is one of four Community Cultural Centers managed by SFs Community Arts and Education Program. The gallery is located in a brick, ivy-festooned building on Brannan Street, open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. Most live shows and music events take place in a back auditorium, which has high ceilings, rafters to alleviate some of the echo, and a huge floor ideal for breakdancing. Available for private parties.