Posts Tagged ‘admission’

The Oddly-Named International Art Museum of America Now Offers Free Admission All the Time, FYI

Friday, June 20th, 2014

One time, I got kicked out of this place for not paying admission, oh well.

Anyway, it’s been free so far for 2014 and it’ll be free for the rest of 2014 and pretty much forever, looks like.

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MLK Day FREE at MoAD in SoMA – San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora – January 20, 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

All the deets:

“MLK Day Celebrations at Museum of the African Diaspora Jan. 20

Free Admission for All to Day of Art, Exhibits, Performances & Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrate the dream that unites us as one at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) on Monday, January 20. This is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a national day of observance. To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life and bring people together, MoAD is offering free admission to the museum and all of its exhibits, performances and programs for the entire day.

“This year, I am remembering the struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal day of remembrance. I especially remember signing the mighty petition for Congress to pass the law,” said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. MLK Day was first observed in 1986.

Normally, MoAD is closed on Monday and Tuesday. But this special Monday, the museum has put together a program that includes film, photography, poetry and musical performances that celebrate the lasting greatness of King. His life and achievements will be honored through art projects and the collaborative efforts of the community. MoAD MLK Day activities will run from 11am to 5pm on January 20, thanks to a generous donation by Lennar Urban.

MLK Day celebrations start on the sidewalk with Jamie Treacy’s chalk art from 1-3pm. On the second floor is a film screening and discussion on Brooklyn’s Castle from 11:30am to 1:30pm. It then moves to spoken word and poetry performances from 2-3pm by Young, Gifted and Talented from Oakland. Freedom stories will be shared by the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement through poetry, photos and music from 3:30-4:30pm.

On the third floor, an art project will take place from 11am to 4pm with a scavenger hunt at 11am to 5pm. Films about King, his life, struggle and successes, will be shown in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center from 11am to 4pm.

About MoAD

Since 2005, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.”

Well, As Expected, the $7 Fee at the Strybing Arboretum is Going to Become Permanent – A Little History

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Boy there’s a lot of overhead involved with the whole process of charging people $7 to walk through the former Strybing Arboretum, it sure looks like.

Anyway, here’s a little background on how we’ve gotten to this point:

LMA-BOS-Supporter Talking Points-6-4.21.13 Budget Hearing

Arboretum Contract Critique

And here’s a post from 2010:

“Not sure how many people were at last night’s ”workshop” to discuss the idea of charging admission at San Francisco Botanical Garden (aka Strybing Arboretum) in Golden Gate Park ’cause I left before it ended. But the hand-count totaled 225 souls, so let’s call that a gentleman’s 250 altogether for the crowd.

Here’s the thing - people on both sides all seem to know each other and care deeply about The Garden. This conflict seems a kind of civil war (hence the Antietam name check, yes it rhymes exactly), a family squabble. It’s plant-loving Brother against plant-loving-but-other-stuff-too Brother. Get up to speed on this dispute here.

Now, once more into the breach, dear friends.

The mise-en-scene last night. It’s Recreation and Park Commission President Jim Lazarus taking individual questions from a hostile crowd, split up unnecessarily, it turned out, into three sections. This is what the bulk of the meeting looked like. Click to expand:

But let’s start at the beginning. Below, it’s the organized neighbors! They taped up hundreds of small signs to draw attention to the meeting. Did workers from DPW spend a lot of time taking down the unofficial notices? Apparently. Were any official notices put up, like last time? Not that I could see.

Inside, the fellow on the left, (didn’t get his name, someone called him The Kid) tried to get things started, but vocal members of the crowd didn’t like the agenda that was handed out, particularly they didn’t like being split up into three groups.

The guy with the ponytail went off, and the Eli in the Yale jacket on the right pleaded for calm. Thank Gaia for Yalies:

After a couple go-arounds like that, The Kid threatened to cancel the meeting. (Arboretum staff appears to view hosting public meetings like these as doing a favor to Arboretum visitors, and truth be told, if San Francisco officials are dead-set on allowing the charging of admission, they can do it regardless of what regular Arboretum visitors want.) Here’s a ten-minute video of the action.

But after a brief huddle, redolent of a friendly car salesperson taking your low-ball offer to the Big Guy…

…out comes lawyer Jim Lazarus calling an audible to change the meeting’s format. He seemed every bit the experienced pol he is.

The new agenda that got worked out with leadership elements from the masses: an uninterupted 10-15 minute “general presentation” of the plan. “Then you can decide how much you want to beat us up after that,” said Jimbo. “You can shoot us all when it’s over.”

This Lazarus Effect resuscitated the meeting. So, let’s hear The Proposal.

The Arboretum would set up pre-fab ticket kiosks at the Main Gate and the Friend Gate (near the Japanese Tea Garden) for $65K and then hire four part-time cashiers, a manager(?), and also a part-time accountant for $148K per year. San Francisco residents would enter for free after showing some sort of ID. Those useless freeloading parasites known as Everybody Else in the World would pay $7, or $4 (students and seniors), or $2 (kids) each time they go in. They’d have the option of getting a $75 annual pass that would also allow entry at the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers – something like that.

The projected 100,000 in paid admissions would have a “blended average” of $5.50 per, resulting in a gross take of $550K. Take away $150K for expenses and you end up with an annual net of $400K, of which $100-150K would go into the Rec and Park kitty and the rest could go into whatever, like hiring more gardeners at $68K salary (plus 25% more in benefits).

The goal would be to eventually get up to a full complement of 16 gardeners, which will “never happen” without some new source of Arboretum-specific cashola.

That’s it.

“KEEP THE ARBORETUM FREE”

What about residents of neighboring counties in the Bay Area you say? It doesn’t matter, all auslanders gotta pay.

What about the rumoured $1.3 million cost of building the kiosks and other related expenses? That was just a “Cadillac proposal” dreamed up by somebody or other – the bare bones approach discussed last night would not be as nice, but it would get the job done.

This charismatic-messianic type got lots of applause for questioning the whole idea of charging anybody anything, regardless of the numbers:

Mr. Lazarus acknowledged the fear San Francisco residents have of being the next in line to be charged, the fear that admission prices would then increase after that. No promises on that front. Que sera sera.

But I’ll let the Keep the Arboretum Free people delve into these issues more. When I left, Lazarus was answering questions one by one, Phil Donahue-style.

“FREE means NO FEES, NO I.D.s”

Oh yes, the “next terrible meeting” promised by Jimbo will concern paid parking in Golden Gate Park. (Do people really plant their vehicle in the park for free and then run all over town all day? People do.)

Random observations:

The estimate of $148k annually to pay salaries for  the paid admission scheme sounds low. Way low, particularly in light of what cashiers at the Japanese Tea Garden get paid.

Park and Rec knows how to notice a public meeting but, for whatever reason, it appears to have done a bush-league job of noticing last night’s workshop.

Next up next month in June: the action will move over to City Hall and the Board of Supervisors. When will our civil war end?

Public Workshop – Botanical Garden

When: May 28, 2009 – Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, San Francisco
What: In response to the feedback received on the proposed admission program at Botanical Garden, the Rec & Park Department decided there will not be a fee for residents. The revised proposal does include a $7. fee for nonresident visitors. Public workshop is to take feedback regarding revised proposed admission fee and will be seeking topics including:
Implementation of the new fee for non-San Francisco residents.
Amenities at the Garden.
Potential new revenue sources.

To Be Continued…

Free “Yerba Buena Family Day” is Coming to SoMA This Sunday, September 23rd! SFMoMA, JewMu, MoAD, and CCM

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

See?

Yerba Buena Family Day is downtown San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission to four leading museums including

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

Contemporary Jewish Museum,

Museum of the African Diaspora, and

Children’s Creativity Museum

plus a huge array of special art activities for kids and free performances on two big stages courtesy of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.”

See you there!

And here’s the full sked for our Museum of the African Diaspora:

“Yerba Buena Family Day presented by Target

Sunday September 23, 2012

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

FREE ADMISSION

Five of San Francisco’s top cultural destinations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Children’s Creativity Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival welcome families with a full day of free admission, hands-on art making and special family-friendly performances. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for people of all ages to experience all that downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district has to offer.

Here at MoAD we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Music Across the Diaspora from Puerto Rico, Peru and Mexico.

11-5pm | Tour the exhibition Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction!: Celebrating Bay Area Abstract Artists

11-5pm | Experience Music from the Diaspora featuring films from Peru and Mexico in the Celebration Circle

11-5pm  | View Henry Louis Gates’ documentary film Black in Latin America in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center

11-1pm | Hear the African Drumming Ensemble for a performance outside of MoAD

12-4pm | Create a Painting with Music in the 3rd Floor Education Center

1-2pm & 4-5pm | Come to a family friendly workshop and performance with Afro Puerto-Rican band Los Pleneros de la 21 in the 2nd floor MoAD Salon

1-3pm | Sidewalk Chalk Art with Jamie Treacy in front of MoAD”

Corvid vs. Raptor High Above the Now-Moribund Strybing Arboretum (San Francisco Botanical Garden) in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This shot of a crow hassling a red tailed hawk was taken before the boycott of San Francisco Botanical Garden, before the arrival of the paywall manned by minimum-wage workers.

Circling too close to the crow’s nest, Children’s Garden, near MLK Drive:

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They said they’d kill the fee if it didn’t work out. It didn’t work out but I don’t think that they’ll ever kill the fee. Oh well.

On some days, the fees generated by the paywall don’t even cover the cost of paying the non-union workers minimum wage to collect the fees.

Of course our Rec and Park considers the paywall a “great success.” Oh well.

Here’s What the San Francisco Botanical Garden Looked Like Before They Started Charging $7 Per Day Admission

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is from before the time they put up the tollbooths. (I’ve stopped going there myself, a kind of boycott, I suppose.)

These days the place is a ghost town and all the docents are upset about the big change.

Oh well.

Attendance is “less than anticipated” but the people who did the anticipating knew they were lying so I don’t know how you score that one.

Oh well.

Forget About Shopping on Black Friday 2011 – Come Meet the 49er’s Gold Rush Cheerleaders at the Big Car Show!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Word on the street regarding the San Francisco International Car Show at Moscone Center on Howard between 3rd and 4th:

“Meet and take pictures with some of the SF 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders in the Toyota display on Friday, November 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM”

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The show itself will run through Sunday night til 8:00 PM:

NOVEMBER 19-27, 2011
LOCATION: MOSCONE CENTER
SHOW TIMES:
10 AM — 10 PM (Sat. Nov. 19 – Sat. 26)
10 AM — 8 PM (Sun. Nov. 27)
ADMISSION: $9.00. Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult.

Hurray!

Via jillig 

Don’t forget your official calendars and Sharpies:

Via Monica’s Dad

The Grand Opening of the “International Art Museum of America” is on Saturday – Free Admission Until Halloween 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Well the Grand Opening Celebration for our so-called International Art Museum of America is coming Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 1023 / 1025 Market Street betwixt 6th and 7th in the gritty Twitterloin / Mid-Market area.

Get the deets about this place here and on the Yelp.

But here’s the news, this joint’s going to be free for all of October 2011:

The IAMA Board of Directors is offering free admission to the public from October 15-31, 2011. Stop by to see our newly opened museum shop (located at 1023 Market Street) and new additions to our exhibit.
HOURS: The museum is open to the public, Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. Starting October 15, 2011.”

You can’t beat that, right?

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Oh and here’s the new website.

And here are the deets of Opening Day – they have an entertainment schedule and everything:

The Grand Opening Celebration of the International Art Museum of America (located at 1025 Market Street) is October 15, 2011 from 11 am – 5 pm. The public is cordially invited.

The day will begin with a celebratory dance by Leung White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony, welcome speeches and entertainment. Tickets for the general public from 11- 3 pm will be available at the new museum shop (located at 1023 Market Street). Prices are $10.00 adults/ $8.00 for seniors/students/military with I.D. $5.00 Children 5-17 years; children under 5 yrs. free. The museum will also offer free admission for the general public on October 15 from 3-5 pm only, in conjunction with the “24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival.” Members and their guests will be admitted free of charge all day long.

To provide more information, images of the museum and the collection, the IAMA will launch a new website on October 15 at IAMASF.ORG

 IAMA’s mission is to display the most beautiful and precious art from all over the world to promote the moral progress, spiritual health, and cultural and artistic development of humanity around the globe.

HOURS/TIMES OF OPERATION: The museum will be open to the public, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. beginning October 18, 2011.LOCATION: Public access is available at our museum entrance located at 1025 Market Street. The museum shop is located at 1023 Market Street, adjacent to the museum building. Parking is available at inexpensive parking lots on Mission Street between 6th St. and 7th St. around the corner, or take Muni to Market and Sixth St. or BART to Powell Street station and walk one block west. TICKETS: Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors/students/military with I.D. $5.00 Children 5-17 years; children under 5 yrs. Free. Group tour rates are available. We offer membership with the benefit of free admission.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 415-376-6344×7001″

Why don’t you check it out and then post your opinion online someplace?

D’Accord? D’accord.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Still Looks Like a Ghost Town Even on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

See?

The (formerly) Great Lawn aka Main Entrance Lawn or Main Lawn, formerly the home of lazy sunbathers:

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Oh well.

Is it too soon to say that the charging-for-admissions policy is a big flop?

Just asking.

Bro.

The So-Called “SF LovEvolution” Love Parade Party in Oakland was Kind of Meh This Year

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Consarn it, I can remember when the SF LovEvolution Love Parade went off in the 415 and it cost zero ($0) at the door. (That was way back in the late aughts, like 36 months ago, that far back.)

But these days, it’s in Oakland and it costs $40 at the door.

Oh well.

Area bros* and pill-poppers** had to make do with a cloudy parking lot in the East Bay.

:(

But party people know how to have fun anywhere, anytime, right…

Via Now 99.7KMVQ-FM – All the Hits 

…while we no-fun haterz will just have to cool our heels until the SF LovEvolution comes back to San Francisco, whenever that might be.

See you next year!

*Alex Sauers:

“Its weird seeing the pictures of all the bro douches that went to LoveVolution.”

**Iris Lopez:

“I popped too many pills at #lovevolution my body hurts so bad #FML