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

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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 Kwai Sze Ho 21-Mar 16-May

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.

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Tuesday

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Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Dance Conditioning – Adult Dance Conditioning 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Sue-Ellen Campos 22-Mar 10-May

A full body workout with focus on a unique and balanced selection of exercise sequences designed to shape and tone the entire body. These classes will help you achieve and sustain a healthy body whether you are an expert or just starting out.

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Yoga – Adult Healing Yoga - Beginning 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Stephanie Tucker 22-Mar 19-May

Yoga is an ancient practice used for developing strength and balance between mind and body. These classes will build your knowledge and skill in addition to teaching fundamental poses which will increase your flexibility, enhance muscle tone, and improve coordination. Please bring your own mat. Drop-ins welcome at Eureka Valley, Richmond, and Upper Noe Recreation Centers for a charge of $10/class. *All courses are taught by certified instructors.*

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Art – Youth, Tweens & Teens Art Embroidery for Kids 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Costume Work Area Youth, Tweens & Teens Arts & Crafts Lauren Hartman 22-Mar 3-May

Young artists will love learning to draw and write in color with embroidery. A class for the ultimate beginner, this weekly meeting will incorporate a new embroidery stitch every week. Students will learn about texture, color and composition while increasing concentration, dexterity and creativity. All materials will be provided in class. Stitching is a cinch! No class 3/29.

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Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:30 pm 7:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson; Suzanne Halka 12-Jan 11-May

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm 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. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Jan. 12 & 13, 2016. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. This class will go from January -May, good attendance and participation is required.

No class 3/29 & 3/30.

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Textiles – Adult Knitting 101 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Adult 18+ Arts & Crafts Amy Keefer 22-Mar 3-May

New Knitters will learn the basic skills that comprise the art of knitting. The projects designed for this class will each be based on a specific skill building naturally so that you will learn to knit for life! Start out making hats, scarves and fingerless gloves, and advance to making your own blankets, shawls, and YES even sweaters from a local knitwear designer. This class will teach you everything you need to know to begin your knitted life. Expand your craft practice, explore your creativity and master this timeless practice. *Materials will be available for demonstration, but students will need to supplement these with their own supplies.

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Digital Arts & New Media – Adult Ableton 101: An Introduction of Ableton Live Suite 9 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Conference Room Adult 18+ Digital & Visual Arts Michael Buchanan 22-Mar 3-May

Student will learn how to synthesize, sample, program, record, mix and master music using Ableton live Suite 9 software. This class will cover: Ableton Workflow, MIDI programming, Synthesis and Sound Design, Sampling, DJing/Remixing, Processing, Composition, Improvisation and Techniques for Live Performance. This is an introduction and basic overview, but students with previous experience are welcome to come learn new tricks and fill in any gaps of knowledge. Bringing in your laptop is not required but is recommended.

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Wednesday

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Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Dance – Adult Strength and Technique Fusion 8:45 am 9:45 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Dance & Theater Joe Peteque 23-Mar 4-May

This class combines NYC Ballet Floor Barre exercises with small weight training and Pilates-based core strengthening combinations to create a unique class that builds lean muscle, improves balance and alignment and increases flexibility.

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Dance Conditioning – Adult Take the L.I.D. O.F.F. 9:45 am 10:45 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Sue-Ellen Campos 23-Mar 11-May

Tired of the same old boring workout routine? Then you need Take the LID OFF! This Low Impact Dance Oriented Fitness Fun class combines aerobics and simple dance movements to help you get healthy and feel great.

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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 23-Mar 18-May

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 YPTMTC 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 5-Mar 7-May

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.

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Art – Youth, Tweens & Teens Tween Fashion Star 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Costume Work Area Youth, Tweens & Teens Arts & Crafts Lauren Hartman; Valentina Myers 23-Mar 4-May

Unleash your inner designer in this intensive tween fashion class. Learn to design, cut, sew and embellish your own original garments and accessories. Students will learn to sew by hand and with a sewing machine, as well as techniques such as crocheting, arm-knitting, dyeing, printing, and embroidery. Class attendance is imperative to each student’s participation in a final fashion show to showcase their one of a kind personal style. This course is designed to build basic construction and surface design skills and to showcase a runway of wearable art. Bold young fashion designers are encouraged to attend! No class 3/30.

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Digital Arts & New Media – Youth, Tweens & Teens Digital Sound Arts 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Youth, Tweens & Teens Digital & Visual Arts Michael Buchanan 23-Mar 4-May

This class is designed to show kids 8-12 years of age how to use computers to make music and sound. The basics of sound design, composition, digital audio recording, mixing and effecting are taught. After a few days of instruction and group exercises, the kids split into small bands of 2-3 members, and work on original compositions. Each group uses a laptop, midi controller, and microphone to create original songs. Each group also gets access to the Harvey Milk recording studio, with professional equipment and instruments at their disposal. At the end of class, the students go home with their best work, to have an archive of music that they personally created with their friends! This is a great class for kids who are interested in music and sound, whether or not they already play an instrument. This course is part of the McKinley Afterschool program but open to all. No class 3/30.

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Theater & Performing Arts – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Acting Troupe 5:30 pm 7:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Evan Johnson; Suzanne Halka 12-Jan 11-May

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION. This talented group of young performers is selected by audition only and will meet both Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm 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. PLEASE NOTE: Auditions for this program will be Jan. 12 & 13, 2016. If you are interested in joining the Troupe, please contact Clove Galilee at 415-624-7921. This class will go from January -May, good attendance and participation is required.

No class 3/29 & 3/30.

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Textiles – Adult Knitting 102 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Adult 18+ Arts & Crafts Amy Keefer 23-Mar 4-May

Are you ready to take your knitting to the next level? Are you a scarf and blanket expert now, and ready for a new challenge? Intermediate knitting is the class for you, think of this as Knitting 102. The projects in this session will build on what you already know, and introduce you to new techniques such as fair isle (stranded color work), intarsia (picture knitting), lace knitting, tailoring and much more! Patterns and instruction brought to you by a San Francisco based knitwear designer!! The unique projects designed specifically for this class will help you build and practice skills gradually. Master new techniques and create your own wearable art! *Materials will be available for demonstration, but students will need to supplement these with their own yarn and needles. *This is an intermediate class for those students who have knit before, for new knitters we encourage you to enroll in Knitting 101.

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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
Dance Conditioning – Adult Dance Conditioning 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Sue-Ellen Campos 24-Mar 12-May

A full body workout with focus on a unique and balanced selection of exercise sequences designed to shape and tone the entire body. These classes will help you achieve and sustain a healthy body whether you are an expert or just starting out.

Sign Up!
Yoga – Adult Healing Yoga - Beginning 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Adult 18+ Exercise & Fitness Stephanie Tucker 22-Mar 19-May

Yoga is an ancient practice used for developing strength and balance between mind and body. These classes will build your knowledge and skill in addition to teaching fundamental poses which will increase your flexibility, enhance muscle tone, and improve coordination. Please bring your own mat. Drop-ins welcome at Eureka Valley, Richmond, and Upper Noe Recreation Centers for a charge of $10/class. *All courses are taught by certified instructors.*

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Textiles – Youth Kids Knit & Crochet! 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Costume Work Area Youth, Tweens & Teens Arts & Crafts Bernadette Flynn 24-Mar 5-May

From patterns to needlepoint, learn various sewing techniques and participate in artistic projects.

Finally! A knitting and crochet class specially for kids. Students will learn techniques like knitting, finger knitting and crochet to increase dexterity, concentration and creativity. Your hands + yarn = infinite possibilities. All materials are provided. No class 3/31.

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Dance – Youth, Tweens & Teens HMCA Junior Dance Company 5:30 pm 7:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Aimee Ellis 14-Jan 5-May

Learn some new moves and share your talents with the rest of the class.

** REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION** This talented group of young modern dancers is selected BY AUDITION ONLY and will meet weekly for Company Technique Class and Rehearsal. The emphasis of the company is to learn choreography based in Dunham Technique, a modern/jazz style of dance that blends African and Caribbean movement. A final performance will take place the last week of class. This class meets from January -May, excellent attendance required. All rehearsals and auditions will be barefoot with appropriate dance attire. For more information please contact Clove Galilee at: clove.galilee@sfgov.org if you are interested in joining the Fall session. Audition date: Jan. 14, 2016 5:30 – 7pm at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. No class 3/31.

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Digital Arts & New Media – Adult Electronic Music Lab: Advanced Ableton and Studio Techniques 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Recording Studio Adult 18+ Digital & Visual Arts Michael Buchanan 24-Mar 5-May

This class is designed for those who already have experience with the basics of Ableton or electronic music production. We will be using Ableton Live Suite 9 software, and integrating it with controllers and external hardware synthesizers, effects and drum machines. The goal of the class is to gain hands-on experience using a variety of tools, and make tracks with your own vision and creativity. The class is perfect for those who have already taken our Ableton 101; as it will advance the foundations established there into the next level of music composition.

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Digital Arts & New Media – Adult DIY Podcasting 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Community Room Adult 18+ Digital & Visual Arts Ben Versluis 24-Mar 5-May

In this class, students will learn the technical skills to create their own podcasts from start to finish. This is a general class and will apply to any type of podcast you could create: talk, music, comedy, anything! Students should have a laptop computer or handheld audio recorder.

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Friday

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Activity Course Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Age Group Class Type Instructor Start Date End Date Description
Art – Adult CAT Ceramics 10:00 am 12:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Costume Work Area Adult 18+ Arts & Crafts Lois Marshall; Geoff Scott 8-Apr 6-May

Learn new skills and create exciting projects through a variety of programs that provide instruction in various art forms.

Express Yourself! Make creations with clay in this fun, introductory class. This class was designed for members of the CAT program who are adults with developmental disabilities but all are welcome to join in this class! No experience necessary. This class is a collaboration between the SFRPD, the SFUSD & the CAT (Community Access Training) program.

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Tot Space Roly-Polys 10:00 am 11:30 am Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Tot 5 & Under Early Childhood Recreation Bernadette Flynn 8-Apr 13-May

Fun and exciting classes guaranteed to encourage your tot to move, groove and learn. Adult participation is required.

Kids will enjoy a play space filled with music, balls, manipulatives, hula-hoops, tunnels, scooters, trikes and big wheels. Part open playtime, part structured class, this program gives toddlers an opportunity to engage in developing motor skills with the use of different apparatus, free play and exploration.

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Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company YPTMTC 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 5-Mar 7-May

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.

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Dance – Youth, Tweens & Teens Harvey Milk Youth Dance Ensemble 5:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Dance Studio Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Joe Peteque 15-Jan 6-May

Learn some new moves and share your talents with the rest of the class.

** REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR ONLY. STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER AN AUDITION** The HMCA Youth Ensemble will learn dances that combine Ballet, jazz and modern techniques. Dancers will also have an opportunity to add their own creativity to choreography. Strength, flexibility, spatial awareness and a fitness goal will be included. Our technical emphasis is on the whole dancer. A final performance will take place in May. Please note that excellent attendance is required and a commitment to the company from January to May is required. All rehearsals and auditions will be barefoot with appropriate dance attire. No loose or baggy clothing. Auditions will take place on January 15, 2016 from 5pm-6pm at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. For more information please contact Program Coordinator, Clove Galilee at clove.galilee@sfgov.org. No class 4/1.

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Saturday

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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 YPTMTC 12:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Arts Center Ballroom Youth, Tweens & Teens Dance & Theater Nicola Bosco-Alvarez 5-Mar 7-May

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.

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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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