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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Facility Schedule

Monday

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Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
Dance- Inclusion-CAT Kinetics 10:00 am 11:00 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/20/2017 5/1/2017

In this joyful class we focus on improving participants’ balance, stability, flexibility, agility, strength and cardiovascular endurance through patience, support, encouragement and lots of good music that gets us moving! We aim to inspire social interaction and inclusivity to ensure that every student feels comfortable and excited about living an active lifestyle. This program requires that all participants attend classes with an aide (family member, counselor, para, or equivalent). It is a collaboration between the SFRPD, the SFUSD & the CAT (Community Access Training) program. It is designed to serve members of the CAT program who are adults with developmental disabilities. No class on 3/27.

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Dance/Exercise- Groove Is In The Heart 10:00 am 11:00 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Dance Studio Dance & Performing Arts 3/20/2017 5/1/2017

Come let us raise your spirit and improve your physical confidence through movement and dance-based exercise! This class combines a 15 minute full body workout and a 20 minute choreographed aerobic lyrical dance period followed by a 15 minute stretch session. The full body workout will strengthen all major muscle groups with core/mat active rest periods in between sets. Simple dance combinations will teach you to move across the floor with fluidity while maintaining a cardiovascular aerobic level. The stretch period will consist of mat, body weight bearing and barre stretches. Please join us and groove!

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Little People’s Art Studio 10:00 am 10:45 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/20/2017 5/1/2017

Let your child express themselves through art in this new creative art class. This new class promotes artistic cognitive development linking tactile and visual fun and casual environment. Adult participation is required.

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Chinese Folk Dance 11:00 am 1:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/13/2017 5/15/2017

Learn the fundamentals for Chinese folk dance including native traditional Chinese dance 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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Theater – New Play Factory! 4:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Dance & Performing Arts 3/20/2017 5/1/2017

Calling all young playwrights, poets, dreamers and make believers! This class is for you. Students learn the fundamentals of playwriting including: character dialogue, story structure, comedic timing, suspense, stage directions and more! As a class, we will create a “writer’s room” atmosphere and collaborate on a script like real-life screenwriters do in Hollywood! Everyone in this class will be responsible for creating a fully fleshed-out character with a distinct voice, clear motives and backstory. We will decide on the theme, conflict, setting and style of our story. This class will conclude with a Staged Reading featuring local actors and a copy of our finished script! No experience required, just a strong desire to learn and a willingness to dive into an exciting and collaborative writing process!

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Tuesday

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Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
Dance Conditioning 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/21/2017 5/2/2017

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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Healing Yoga 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Personal Development 3/14/2017 5/16/2017

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. We provide a certain number of mats but encourage you to bring your own.

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Ableton 101 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Conference Room Arts - Digital 3/21/2017 5/2/2017

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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DIY Podcasting 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Recording Studio Arts - Digital 3/21/2017 5/2/2017

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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Textiles – Intermediate Sewing 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/21/2017 5/2/2017

This class is for anyone who has taken the “Introduction to Sewing” course and is ready to move on and learn more intermediate skills. This is a project based class, in which everyone works on projects of their choice with guidance from the instructor. Enjoy sewing in a supportive community environment while working at your own pace with personalized instruction. Sewing machines and basic sewing kit supplies are provided.

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Wednesday

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Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
Dance/Exercise – Take the L.I.D. OFF 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/22/2017 5/3/2017

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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Digi-U 9:30 am 12:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Digital 3/22/2017 5/3/2017

Digi-U is a digital storytelling class developed specifically for the members of the CAT Program who are adults with developmental disabilities but all are welcome to join this class! No experience necessary. This class is a collaboration between the SFRPD and the SFUSD program. This class is designed to give students an opportunity to explore different computer software while developing new skills using digital equipment such as laptops and digital video cameras. Students will be able to use sound, image and video to create projects that use storytelling, such as a personal narrative and fiction, to create self-expressive digital art.

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International Folk Dance 10:45 am 12:15 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/15/2017 5/17/2017

Come learn Folk Dances from around the world. The class will use circles, lines, sets couples, trios – and more! Beginners welcome! Dance helps maintain balance and brain health. Seniors encouraged to participate. Our dance circle is part of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. For more information contact Ann Colichidas: acolichidas@gmail.com.

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Digital Sound Arts 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Community Room Arts - Digital 3/22/2017 5/3/2017

This class is designed to show kids 8-11 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 is open to all.

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Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company 5:15 pm 7:15 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/8/2017 5/13/2017

The Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company is a pre-professional musical theatre program for teens 13-19. The Company offers training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. Previous experience is recommended but not required. Rehearsal Days & Times: Wed 5:15-7:15 / Fri 4-7 / Sat 12-6 Additional rehearsal required during tech week and performances. For more information about auditions, show selection, and performance dates, visit yptmtc.org, or email director@yptmtc.org. Open Auditions for Spring Season will be held Wednesday, March 8 & Friday, March 10 5-7 pm and Call Backs Saturday, March 11, 1-4 pm.

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Textiles – Introduction to Sewing 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/22/2017 5/3/2017

This class is for beginners and anyone who wants to polish their sewing skills! You will complete multiple projects from beginning to end while exploring your creativity and learning concrete sewing skills and techniques that will last a lifetime. The projects designed for this class each cover specific sewing techniques that build upon each other allowing you to learn one step at a time while practicing and learning your new skills as you move through the class. We will also focus on re-purposing and re-imagining materials into amazing new things that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends. Projects include, reusable cloth napkins, a handy-dandy farmer’s market tote bag, hostess apron and much more!

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Textiles – Knitting: All Levels 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Community Room Arts - Visual 3/22/2017 5/3/2017

This knitting class if for all levels of skill, beginners and experienced knitters alike! 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? The projects in this session will teach you to knit step by step, and ?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.

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Thursday

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Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
Dance Conditioning 9:30 am 10:30 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/23/2017 5/4/2017

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!
Healing Yoga 1:00 pm 2:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Personal Development 3/16/2017 5/18/2017

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. We provide a certain number of mats but encourage you to bring your own.

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Textiles – Kids Knit & Crochet 4:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/23/2017 5/4/2017

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.

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Textiles – Kids Knit & Crochet 2 5:00 pm 6:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/23/2017 5/4/2017

Ready to take your knitting & crochet to the next level and tackle new skills and projects? This fun class is for kids with beginning knitting and/or crochet experience. All materials are provided.

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Electronic Music Lab – Ableton 102 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Recording Studio Arts - Digital 3/23/2017 5/4/2017

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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Textiles – Introduction to Sewing 6:30 pm 8:30 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/23/2017 5/4/2017

This class is for beginners and anyone who wants to polish their sewing skills! You will complete multiple projects from beginning to end while exploring your creativity and learning concrete sewing skills and techniques that will last a lifetime. The projects designed for this class each cover specific sewing techniques that build upon each other allowing you to learn one step at a time while practicing and learning your new skills as you move through the class. We will also focus on re-purposing and re-imagining materials into amazing new things that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends. Projects include, reusable cloth napkins, a handy-dandy farmer’s market tote bag, hostess apron and much more!

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Friday

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Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
CAT Ceramics 10:00 am 12:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

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 Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

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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Art Exploration – ASEP 3:00 pm 3:50 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYPHOTO - Portrait Studio After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Digital Sound Arts – ASEP 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Community Room After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Stop Motion Animation – ASEP 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Yoga 1 – ASEP 3:00 pm 3:50 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Dance Studio After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Acting 2 – ASEP 4:10 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Dance Studio After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/19/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program. No class 1/27.

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Art Exploration 2 – ASEP 4:10 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYPHOTO - Portrait Studio After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Yoga 2 – ASEP 4:10 pm 5:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Dance Studio After School Programs 3/24/2017 5/5/2017

This class is part of the ASEP/McKinley afterschool program.

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Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company 5:15 pm 7:15 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/8/2017 5/13/2017

The Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company is a pre-professional musical theatre program for teens 13-19. The Company offers training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. Previous experience is recommended but not required. Rehearsal Days & Times: Wed 5:15-7:15 / Fri 4-7 / Sat 12-6 Additional rehearsal required during tech week and performances. For more information about auditions, show selection, and performance dates, visit yptmtc.org, or email director@yptmtc.org. Open Auditions for Spring Season will be held Wednesday, March 8 & Friday, March 10 5-7 pm and Call Backs Saturday, March 11, 1-4 pm.

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Saturday

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Activity Start Time End Time Location Room/Area Class Type Start Date End Date Description
An Introduction to Encaustic Painting 10:00 am 4:00 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 5/6/2017 5/6/2017

The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkausticos, which means to burn in. Heat and pigment infused beeswax are necessary for a painting to be called encaustic. We will be covering a brief history of the medium, the diversity of encaustic painting, explanations of tools and materials, techniques used, visual references and a hands-on approach. Each student will complete 2 unique pieces of art. Students will need to bring collage materials including photographs and 2 dimensional personal keepsakes (can be photocopied). All other materials will be provided. This workshop is open to all painting and art making skill levels. Lunch is not provided.

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Textiles – Sewing Together 10:00 am 11:00 am Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/25/2017 4/29/2017

Explore color, texture, pattern and basic sewing skills together with your young one. Children and parent will work together to complete a project each week. Both kids and adults will enjoy this hands-on class. Using basic sewing stitches and kid-safe sewing tools, children will be introduced to the fun and creative world of textiles. All materials are provided. Adult participation required.

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Textiles – Sewing Together 11:15 am 12:15 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Costume Work Area Arts - Visual 3/25/2017 4/29/2017

Explore color, texture, pattern and basic sewing skills together with your young one. Children and parent will work together to complete a project each week. Both kids and adults will enjoy this hands-on class. Using basic sewing stitches and kid-safe sewing tools, children will be introduced to the fun and creative world of textiles. All materials are provided. Adult participation required.

Sign Up!
Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company 5:15 pm 7:15 pm Harvey Milk Center For The Arts HARVEYART - Ballroom Dance & Performing Arts 3/8/2017 5/13/2017

The Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company is a pre-professional musical theatre program for teens 13-19. The Company offers training in vocal, drama, dance, performance skills, and theatre tech. Enrollment is by audition only. Previous experience is recommended but not required. Rehearsal Days & Times: Wed 5:15-7:15 / Fri 4-7 / Sat 12-6 Additional rehearsal required during tech week and performances. For more information about auditions, show selection, and performance dates, visit yptmtc.org, or email director@yptmtc.org. Open Auditions for Spring Season will be held Wednesday, March 8 & Friday, March 10 5-7 pm and Call Backs Saturday, March 11, 1-4 pm.

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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: robby.roller@sfgov.org

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