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An Arts Market to Debut in United Nations Plaza

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If you thought United Nations Plaza already had every conceivable business transaction possible, you were dearly mistaken my friend.  Sure it’s got a farmer’s market, a bazaar, an illicit drug trade, and the sidewalk sale of stolen goods in front of Carl’s Jr….but no, that’s not enough.  While San Francisco might’ve gotten ripped off when that other city got the actual United Nations (and we were just stuck with a plaza) we at least get a new Arts Market instead.

Here’s what the press release has to say:

Independent Arts & Media and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development announce a new, open-air marketplace for local arts and culture in downtown San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Market debuts on Thursday, August 19, in UN Plaza, and will run every Thursday thereafter from noon to 8:00 p.m. throughout this summer and autumn. An additional run during the December holiday season is also in the works.

Located at 1182 Market Street between Grove and Eighth streets, the San Francisco Arts Market at UN Plaza will feature diverse arts, crafts and culture, including painting, photography, mixed media, literature, music, fashion, jewelry, toys, children’s goods, creative home and garden wares, and much more.


Local artists, artisans, fashionistas, musicians, publishers, crafts- and culture-makers, food-cart operators and more are all welcome to apply for a tent space at the San Francisco Arts Market!

All exhibitors must be selling work that has been handmade by local Bay Area artists. The goal of the Arts Market is to help local Bay Area arts and culture entrepreneurs as well as revitalize the arts community and cultural economy around San Francisco’s Civic Center region.

Sounds like fun right?  I’m glad at least somebody’s trying to “revitalize the arts community and cultural economy around San Francisco’s Civic Center region” because that place is fucked up!

San Francisco Arts Market
United Nations Plaza
Every Thursday from now until Autumn

photo by Steven W Lee

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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