A Partnership Between Art and the Public to Design San Francisco’s Future

By Convening Dialogue Among Diverse Communities, Yerba Buena Creates Culture That Stirs Civic Action

Who gets to design the future of life?

This is a question that we posed recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where I am very proud to work. Focusing on inquiry and our promise to be the creative home for civic action, we invited people—artists, designers, planners, and more—to discuss and debate that question. And by gathering diverse perspectives around this line of inquiry, we produced a cascading series of answers that made an impact far beyond the arts.

Indeed, this abundant conversation led to new ways …