Let's Talk of a System: A group exhibition featuring work by April Banks, Sergio De La Torre, Susanne Husky, Laura Parker, Favianna Rodriguez, James Reed and Banker White.

On May 19th, 2010 Intersection for the Arts will launch new programs and a new satellite gallery, screening room, and event space – called Intersection 5M – in collaboration with partners Hub Bay Area, TechShop, and others.

Intersection 5M is the beginning of a radical cross-sector collaboration with entrepreneurs and innovators who are working to build and scale solutions for social change. Together, we will activate vacant space at the vibrant intersection of 5th and Mission Streets where SoMA, Mid-Market, and San Francisco’s downtown converge. We will share models and create collaborative programs that engage the people living and working in this diverse neighborhood and that encourage breakthrough innovation. We are also working with Forest City Development to lead the way on high impact design and real estate solutions that enable us to make a place that effectively “crowd sources” to facilitate this kind of powerful collaboration. This collaboration is part of a prototype for a new, open urban campus of for-profit and non-profit businesses, artists and entrepreneurs that dissolves boundaries and consistently instigates synergistic collaboration across disciplines in order to inspire and enable new ideas for change.

“In the context of today’s realities, we forged this innovative partnership in pursuit of new, more sustainable models for artists and nonprofit arts organizations. For over a year, we have been working with Hub Bay Area and other partners who will be co-locating in direct proximity to our new space to imagine this new cross-sector experiment that will build on Intersection’s historic commitment to art at the core of social change and community transformation. ” – Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director

Celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year, Intersection for the Arts has remained true to its original mission to celebrate community itself through creativity and collaboration, while dynamically evolving in response to a changing world. In 1980, Intersection’s then Director Jack Davis described the organization’s mission simply: “freeing and opening space for people to use.” Indeed, Intersection has consistently innovated to provide an environment for a diverse array of people to create, interact, and respond to the world around them. Nearly 50 years later, the organization continues this tradition of broad-based community involvement, cross-sector collaboration, and powerful cultural experiences.

Intersection’s new space will open with an inaugural gallery exhibition “Let’s Talk of a System.”

Let’s Talk of a System
May 19 – July 3, 2010
Opening reception: Wednesday May 19, 2010, 6-8pm
Viewing Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon-6pm
First Thursdays of Each Month, Noon- 8pm

Intersection 5M
901 Mission Street, Suite 106
San Francisco CA 94103

Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103