Harvey Milk Rec Arts Center

Harvey Milk Arts Center front enterance

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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“Don’t Dream It… Be It!” Photography Exhibit

Harvey Milk Photo Center & Harvey Milk Cultural Arts Center presents…. Don’t Dream It…Be It!  A fabulous photography exhibit kicking off Pride and a celebration of Drag, Theatre, Music and Love of Life! Photography featured from Mark Christopher, Marques Daniels, Molly DeCoudreaux, Nicole Fraser-Herron, Sara Gobets, Gareth Gooch, Jose A. … Continue reading

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Facility Schedule

Monday

Facility Operating Hours:

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

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 Not Your Mama's Shakespeare! 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 07/18 08/05

Pre- professional program for teens 13 – 19. Training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only . Previous experience is not required but recommended. For more information about auditions. Visit www.yptmtc.org or e-mail director@yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

This is a three-week intensive program utilizing The Viewpoints Technique to adapt Shakespeare into a new musical theatre expression. The program concludes with an outdoor public performance at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre. Originally developed in the 70s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints Technique was adapted for stage acting by renowned directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie’s Six Viewpoints: space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart’s Viewpoints create logical staging with actors. This program will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company bringing in highly trained master teachers and professionals from Broadway and throughout the country. No prior experience or knowledge of Viewpoints necessary. Some musical theatre experience is recommended but not required. Questions: email director@yptmtc.org or visit www.yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

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Tuesday

Facility Operating Hours:

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

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 Not Your Mama's Shakespeare! 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 07/18 08/05

Pre- professional program for teens 13 – 19. Training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only . Previous experience is not required but recommended. For more information about auditions. Visit www.yptmtc.org or e-mail director@yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

This is a three-week intensive program utilizing The Viewpoints Technique to adapt Shakespeare into a new musical theatre expression. The program concludes with an outdoor public performance at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre. Originally developed in the 70s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints Technique was adapted for stage acting by renowned directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie’s Six Viewpoints: space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart’s Viewpoints create logical staging with actors. This program will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company bringing in highly trained master teachers and professionals from Broadway and throughout the country. No prior experience or knowledge of Viewpoints necessary. Some musical theatre experience is recommended but not required. Questions: email director@yptmtc.org or visit www.yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

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Textiles – Adult The Art of Crochet 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Adult 18+ Arts & Crafts Amy Keefer 07/12 08/16

One hook and a length of yarn has infinite possibilities. Freeform and surprisingly fast, crochet is used to make garments and accessories as well as soft sculpture. This class will teach you basic stitches and techniques while walking you through skill based patterns. Learn to make cozy and colorful hats, scarves, shawls, slippers and blankets, stitch by stitch.

Expand your craft practice and get hooked on crochet! This class is open to new as well as experienced crocheters. *Materials will be available for demonstration, but students will need to supplement these with their own supplies.

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Wednesday

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Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

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 Not Your Mama's Shakespeare! 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 07/18 08/05

Pre- professional program for teens 13 – 19. Training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only . Previous experience is not required but recommended. For more information about auditions. Visit www.yptmtc.org or e-mail director@yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

This is a three-week intensive program utilizing The Viewpoints Technique to adapt Shakespeare into a new musical theatre expression. The program concludes with an outdoor public performance at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre. Originally developed in the 70s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints Technique was adapted for stage acting by renowned directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie’s Six Viewpoints: space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart’s Viewpoints create logical staging with actors. This program will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company bringing in highly trained master teachers and professionals from Broadway and throughout the country. No prior experience or knowledge of Viewpoints necessary. Some musical theatre experience is recommended but not required. Questions: email director@yptmtc.org or visit www.yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

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Textiles – Adult Creative Embroidery 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Adult 18+ Arts & Crafts Amy Keefer; Lauren Hartman 07/13 08/17

Taking the traditional sampler as a point of departure, students will learn several classic and artistic hand embroidery stitches. Get inspired to draw and write with thread, embellish garments, and create original works of art. Add new technical skills to samplers each week, explore text and shading, and build your embroidery skills. *Materials will be available for demonstration, but students will need to supplement these with their own supplies.

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Thursday

Facility Operating Hours:

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

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 Not Your Mama's Shakespeare! 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 07/18 08/05

Pre- professional program for teens 13 – 19. Training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only . Previous experience is not required but recommended. For more information about auditions. Visit www.yptmtc.org or e-mail director@yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

This is a three-week intensive program utilizing The Viewpoints Technique to adapt Shakespeare into a new musical theatre expression. The program concludes with an outdoor public performance at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre. Originally developed in the 70s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints Technique was adapted for stage acting by renowned directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie’s Six Viewpoints: space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart’s Viewpoints create logical staging with actors. This program will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company bringing in highly trained master teachers and professionals from Broadway and throughout the country. No prior experience or knowledge of Viewpoints necessary. Some musical theatre experience is recommended but not required. Questions: email director@yptmtc.org or visit www.yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

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Friday

Facility Operating Hours:

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

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 Not Your Mama's Shakespeare! 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 07/18 08/05

Pre- professional program for teens 13 – 19. Training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only . Previous experience is not required but recommended. For more information about auditions. Visit www.yptmtc.org or e-mail director@yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

This is a three-week intensive program utilizing The Viewpoints Technique to adapt Shakespeare into a new musical theatre expression. The program concludes with an outdoor public performance at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre. Originally developed in the 70s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints Technique was adapted for stage acting by renowned directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Overlie’s Six Viewpoints: space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart’s Viewpoints create logical staging with actors. This program will collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company bringing in highly trained master teachers and professionals from Broadway and throughout the country. No prior experience or knowledge of Viewpoints necessary. Some musical theatre experience is recommended but not required. Questions: email director@yptmtc.org or visit www.yptmtc.org or call 415-554-9523.

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Saturday

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Sunday

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Facility FAQ

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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