Harvey Milk Rec Arts Center

Harvey Milk Arts Center

Overlooking beautiful Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts is as unique as the Civil Rights leader it was named for. Originally dedicated to the Performing Arts, the building, commonly called “Drama, Dance & Music”, was headquarters for the Performing Arts Division of the Recreation and Park Department since its construction in 1954. Duboce Park itself, has been a location for arts programming since the early 1920’s when the women volunteers of the San Francisco Urban Story League performed puppet shows and storytelling in the park for children.

The 23,125 sq ft center reopened to the public after an impressive $12 million renovation to the 55 year old building. Dedicated now to the Visual as well as the Performing Arts, the Harvey Milk Arts Center has quickly become the City’s newest Digital Destination with state-of-the-art technological facilities including brand new Sound Recording Studio & Digital Labs.

Located in the southwestern side of Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Building is also home to the Recreation & Park Department’s exceptional San Francisco Photo Center – the oldest (and one of the largest) public darkrooms for traditional black & white process printing still in existence in the United States. The building also features a multitude of arts & recreational programming in our expansive Ballroom, Dance Studio, Art Studios, multiple Exhibition Galleries and Scott Street Labyrinth.

Part of a quartet of Arts Centers, under the Cultural Arts Division, the building was officially re-dedicated in 1979 to Harvey Milk as t ribute to the slain City Supervisor after his assassination in 1978. The building’s recent redesign plays homage to the storied history of the recreational center & Harvey Milk, himself, in the form of a San Francisco Arts Commission suite of permanent art installations conceived of by artists Michael Davis and Susan Schwartzenberg. One of those pieces, “The American Dream: A Tribute to Harvey Milk” memorializes Milk’s words, “The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods…” fittingly upon the building’s Eastside.

Happy Thanksgiving

Our recreation center will be closed on November 27th and 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. All of our staff wishes you and your families a happy and safe holiday!

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Monday

Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm

There are no Classes at this time

Tuesday

Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

There are no Classes at this time

Wednesday

Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Dance Conditioning – Adult Take the L.I.D. O.F.F. - Session 2 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Sue-Ellen Campos 5-Nov 17-Dec Sign Up!

Thursday

Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Dance Conditioning – Adult Dance Conditioning - Session 2 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Sue-Ellen Campos 6-Nov 18-Dec Sign Up!

Friday

Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm

There are no Classes at this time

Saturday

Operating Hours: 9am to 5pm

There are no Classes at this time

Sunday

Operating Hours: Closed

There are no Classes at this time

About the Facility: Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts has a brand new Sound Recording Studio & Digital Labs with public darkrooms for traditional black & white process printing still in existence in the United States. The building also features multiple Exhibition Galleries and Scott Street Labyrinth.

Harvey Milk is located next to Duboce Park which features baby swings, play structures for kids and a sand play area. There is also a basketball court. The large grass field is a mecca for local dogs.

Renting the Facility: The Ballroom, Dance Studio, Art Studios, is available for rental through our permits and reservations office. You can contact them by calling 415-831-6800.

Directions: The recreation center is located at 50 Scott St between Lloyd St & Waller St.

Bus Routes:  Muni Metro N Judah to Duboce Park. You can also take J-Church or 22-Fillmore to Church and Duboce Streets and walk two blocks west on Duboce.

 

For More Information:

Email: brando.rogers@sfgov.org

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