Cycle Art with Papergirl SF

On September 7, Friday Nights at the de Young celebrates the DIY ethos of the Bay Area arts scene. One of the many local art organizations taking part is Papergirl SF, a community art project that distributes submitted art pieces by bicycle to people in the streets of San Francisco, paperboy style. On this, the penultimate day of Five Days of Friday, Papergirl SF serves as a guest blogger to tell you a little bit more about their art-wielding bike riders and bike-riding artists!


The Papergirl project was originally founded by artist Aisha Ronniger in 2006 in Berlin, Germany, as a response to the tightening of graffiti laws. The core idea of bringing art directly to the people via bicycle has now spread globally, with chapters all over Europe, North and South America, and Africa. The San Francisco chapter was started by Heather Tompkins in 2010, and the 2012 edition of Papergirl SF is being brought to you by Heather and co-organizers Nazir Agah and Andrew deCoriolis.

Papergirl SF

We think art is best when shared. As artists, we want to express ourselves creatively, show our creations to others, and start a conversation. Every day could use more art and kindness. Won't you join us? Our next roll-and-ride art delivery takes place on November 11 at 11am.


Submit your art, tell your friends and foes, and we'll see you in November with tires full of air and bags full of artwork, ripe for the giving.

Send two-dimensional (aka rollable) artwork by October 20 to:

Papergirl SF
PO Box 410156
San Francisco, CA 94141


Or, take it to one of our convenient drop-off locations. Bay Area artists who would like to save on postage can just bring their art to any of these locations and tell them it’s for Papergirl SF (or look for the donation box where available), and we’ll ride by to pick it up.

We are stoked to see what wonderful art we receive this year, and can’t wait to hop on our bikes and spread the art love, Papergirl style. Happy riding and art making everyone!

Roll making

For submission guidelines and event information, check us out online.

On September 7, get into the mix at Friday Nights at the de Young and make your own art to donate to Papergirl SF at the art table!

Ride your bike and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide free valet bike parking with the first 100 cyclists to check their bikes receiving $2 off admission to the de Young's permanent collection galleries. Don’t ride a bike? Not to worry—the first 100 guests with a San Francisco Public Library card are also eligible to receive this discount.

For more information about Friday Nights at the de Young, contact Gregory Stock at or 415.750.7694.

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