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.

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Monday

Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm

There are no Classes at this time

Tuesday

Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Lobby Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson 9-Sep 2-Dec

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Theater and Dance Department, the HMCA Junior Acting Troupe! This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm at Harvey Milk to develop their ensemble skills and activate their theatrical imaginations. A final performance will take place during the last week of class with all the elements of a finished production. Performance is slated for 12/12/14. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Sept. 8, 2014 5-7pm at Harvey milk Center for the Arts. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. Good attendance and participation is required.

No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/26.

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Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Lobby Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson 9-Sep 2-Dec

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Theater and Dance Department, the HMCA Junior Acting Troupe! This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm at Harvey Milk to develop their ensemble skills and activate their theatrical imaginations. A final performance will take place during the last week of class with all the elements of a finished production. Performance is slated for 12/12/14. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Sept. 8, 2014 5-7pm at Harvey milk Center for the Arts. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. Good attendance and participation is required.

No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/26.

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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 – Adult International Folk Dancing 10:45 am 12:15 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Dance & Theater Ann Colichidas 3-Sep 10-Dec

Come learn Folk Dances from around the world. Circles, lines, sets, couples, trios – and more! No partner necessary. Beginners Welcome. Fun, exercise for all ages. Helps maintain balance and brain health. Seniors encouraged. Our dance circle is part of the Folk Dance Federation of California (North) and will open the door for a sociable leisure activity for now and into the future. Contact: Ann Colichidas 415 902-7690 acolichidas@gmail.com.

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Dance – Adult International Folk Dancing 10:45 am 12:15 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Dance & Theater Ann Colichidas 3-Sep 10-Dec

Come learn Folk Dances from around the world. Circles, lines, sets, couples, trios – and more! No partner necessary. Beginners Welcome. Fun, exercise for all ages. Helps maintain balance and brain health. Seniors encouraged. Our dance circle is part of the Folk Dance Federation of California (North) and will open the door for a sociable leisure activity for now and into the future. Contact: Ann Colichidas 415 902-7690 acolichidas@gmail.com.

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Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

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Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

Sign Up!
Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Lobby Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson 9-Sep 2-Dec

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Theater and Dance Department, the HMCA Junior Acting Troupe! This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm at Harvey Milk to develop their ensemble skills and activate their theatrical imaginations. A final performance will take place during the last week of class with all the elements of a finished production. Performance is slated for 12/12/14. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Sept. 8, 2014 5-7pm at Harvey milk Center for the Arts. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. Good attendance and participation is required.

No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/26.

Sign Up!
Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Lobby Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson 9-Sep 2-Dec

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Theater and Dance Department, the HMCA Junior Acting Troupe! This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm at Harvey Milk to develop their ensemble skills and activate their theatrical imaginations. A final performance will take place during the last week of class with all the elements of a finished production. Performance is slated for 12/12/14. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Sept. 8, 2014 5-7pm at Harvey milk Center for the Arts. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. Good attendance and participation is required.

No class 11/11, 11/25 & 11/26.

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 – Adult Chinese Folk Dance 11:00 am 1:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Dance & Theater TBA TBA 4-Sep 11-Dec

Learn the fundamentals for Chinese folk dance including native dances and international folk dances. Lessons will focus on learning basic steps while improving balance and strength. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. No class 11/27.

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Dance – Adult Chinese Folk Dance 11:00 am 1:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Dance & Theater TBA TBA 4-Sep 11-Dec

Learn the fundamentals for Chinese folk dance including native dances and international folk dances. Lessons will focus on learning basic steps while improving balance and strength. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. No class 11/27.

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Friday

Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm

Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

Sign Up!
Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

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Saturday

Operating Hours: 9am to 5pm

Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

Sign Up!
Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 15-Oct 7-Feb

YPTMTC’s intensive pre-professional musical theatre program for young adults 13-19. Participants will receive training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. To audition, please prepare a minimum of 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music for the accompanist (provided), a monologue less than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to dance. bring a headshot and resume if available. Previous experience is recommended, but not required. For more information, please email director@yptmtc.org, or call 415-554-9523.

Sign Up!

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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