Welcome to YBCA, San Francisco’s center for art and progress.

Opened to the public in 1993, YBCA was founded as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood. Our work spans the realms of contemporary art, performance, film, civic engagement, and public life. Centering artists as essential to social and cultural movement, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

Our mission is to generate culture that moves people.

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What’s Happening

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Art of Peace

July 23—August 25, 2019

Public Programs

Relaxation Day at YBCA

August 15, 2019, 11am–7:30pm


The Body Electric

September 6, 2019–January 26, 2020


Fall Season

October 1–6, 2019

Visit YBCA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located in downtown San Francisco, just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, Moscone Convention Center, and SFMOMA. Comprised of two architecturally significant buildings linked by a pedestrian plaza, our campus sits at the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural district.

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Curatorial Research Bureau

A bookshop, a learning site, an exhibition and public program.

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