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Introducing Dreaming Spaces San Francisco

Meet the Dreaming Spaces SF Steering Committee

Beginning April 2022, CAST is launching Dreaming Spaces in San Francisco at 447 Minna. Through a series of design sessions that puts artists, cultural workers, and community residents at the heart of the design process, we will explore how creatives can dream together to create a cultural hub in SoMa, one that meets the collective needs and desires of the neighborhood and community. Lessons learned from Dreaming Spaces will inform CAST’s work in future real estate projects to ensure that our process of place keeping always centers the voices of art and culture in community life.

As art, cultural and performance spaces open up, how might artists reimagine these spaces and dream together about gathering safely, for now and for the future?

Under the leadership and guidance of our steering committee, we aim to address the following questions:

  • How might artists, cultural workers, creative entrepreneurs and SoMa residents reimagine the 1st and 2nd floor spaces of 447 Minna to be inclusive and reflective of the SoMa community through arts and culture?
  • How do we preserve and foster a sense of community that also provides a safer environment through arts and culture in outdoor and community spaces around the 447 Minna neighborhood?

Dreaming Spaces first started in Oakland in 2020 as a response to COVID-19 and the systemic injustices that were finally given visibility in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Designers of various trades and expertise–including architects, engineers, city planners, and public health experts–will be engaged to support and advance the artist “dreaming” process. As we embark on a new phase here in San Francisco over the next couple of months, follow along to see what kind of designs emerge and which ideas the community chooses to explore in partnership with CAST.

Click below to get to know some of our committee members and explore the design sessions:

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