Cultural Encounters at the de Young is a year-round series of interconnected public programs designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the museums while creating exciting educational and artistic possibilities based on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco aim to reach people who don’t typically visit museums, with these culturally inclusive programs offered during extended museum hours.
Friday Nights at the de Young
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art "happenings" that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Learn more
de Young Artist Studio
Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply. Learn more