Gray Area Foundation for the Arts OPEN (10/1)

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Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) will open its new digital arts center – kicking off a series of fundraising events starting with an elegant Gray Tie ball on Oct. 1st, 2009.

OPEN celebrates GAFFTA’s arrival as San Francisco’s new home for creative innovation and the cornerstone of the city’s nascent Tenderloin Arts District. This inaugural exhibit will feature new works from three leaders in the field of digital art:

C.E.B. Reas –  a principal player in the software art movement and co-creator of the free, open-source programming language Processing.  His software installations, unique prints and relief sculptures are inspired by biology, natural intelligence and the principles of emergence.

Camille Utterback – presenting an interactive video piece “Liquid Time,” a series of pieces filmed in the Tenderloin, projected back in the gallery window where the imagery of time, as well as space, is disrupted by the motions of passer-bys.

Stamen Design – debuting a series of interactive and printed pieces that allow visitors to virtually explore the Tenderloin through mapped and visualized public data from the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District and the City of San Francisco.

In collaboration with The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Tenderloin Economic Development Project and Grants for the Arts, GAFFTA has transformed an abandoned adult theater into a state-of-the-art gallery space, studio facility and multimedia community center. The opening of San Francisco’s first and only cultural center dedicated to the emerging field of digital art marks a historic step towards the renewal of the city’s historic Tenderloin district, and a much needed production and exhibition center for the Bay Area’s progressive arts communities.


GAFFTA Opening Events: Thursday, Oct 1st

GALVANIZE Fundraiser Gala: 6:30pm – 9pm

GAFFTAHours Preview Celebration: 9:30pm – 1am

Click here for Tickets and Donations.





About Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Guided by the principles of openness, collaboration, and resource sharing, GAFFTA’s programs promote creativity at the intersection of art, design, sound, and technology. For more information, please visit or email

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