New Grant for Uptown Tenderloin Approved!

by on October 19, 2010

Taylor Street Arts District in San Francisco’s Uptown Tenderloin will soon shine with restored historic murals. Local mural art company, Precita Eyes, will carry out this exciting artistic restoration project — which promises to restore historic advertising murals on Taylor and Mason Streets to their original splendor.

Uptown Tenderloin community non-profit organizations have received a $35,000 award from the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant Program to restore these historic murals. Community partners Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Uptown Tenderloin Inc., Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation aligned to submit this project proposal with additional financial support from Original Joe’s building owner, John Duggan Jr. and TNDC.

This exciting community arts project brings Tenderloin non-profit organizations and business owners together to revitalize a strategic arts and commercial corridor, the Taylor Street Arts District in the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District. This project builds upon recent successful historic district activities celebrating and acknowledging the history of the Uptown Tenderloin while significantly boosting visual and consumer interest in the Taylor Street Arts District.

Taylor Street Arts District has been the focus of recent City funding and collaborative strategies to create a viable arts and cultural corridor linking Central Market and the Tenderloin. The City has funded enhanced pedestrian/physical improvements at Taylor Street intersections, and fueled a Central Market Partnership incorporating the City’s ongoing work in the neighborhood with existing Community Benefit Districts (CBDs).

This partnership has resulted in alliances between cultural and commercial businesses like Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Luggage Store Gallery, Farmer Brown’s, to name a few. Central Market Cultural District Loan Fund, a Section 108 funding program, is currently in the works as an incentive to business and development projects designed to revitalize the Central Market and the Uptown Tenderloin with particular focus on arts-based non-profit organizations relocating to Central Market.

This new mural restoration project will visually signal the ongoing transformation of this historic SF neighborhood. www.uptowntl.org

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