Performances start times to be announced
The Lab’s 16th and Mission Project invites artists and the public to use the 16th Street and Mission BART plaza as a public art forum: a site for active social exchange through the medium of constructed situations. Weekly or bi-weekly events for the corner’s regulars and passing pedestrians will inspire curiosity, participation, dialogue, and active witnessing. The actions are led by artists working in fields ranging from social practice and dance to mixed visual media and social justice.
The overall goals for 16th and Mission Project include: 1) providing artists with fair stipends and a living wage to live/work in the city, 2) allowing the artists to push their work in new directions by emphasizing process over product, and 3) show a significant engagement with the public.
The Lab is located in the historic Redstone Building just a block away from the 16th St. Mission BART plaza. A hub for political organizing since 1914, the Redstone played a significant role in the General Strike of 1934, during which unions occupying the building successfully advocated for expanded rights for African Americans, women, and Chicano workers and ultimately enabled the enforcement of the 40-hour work week. Likewise, the 16th Street BART plaza is a focal point in San Francisco’s rapidly changing Mission District, both public commons and hotly contested ground as local activist groups, housing interests, and private developers fight for their claim to the neighborhood.