Gray Area Foundation for the Arts to open in SF Oct 1st!

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Gray Area Foundation for the Arts [GAFFTA] is a new non-profit media art organization set to open a 4,000 ft digital art and technology center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District on October 1st, 2009. GAFFTA’s successful transformation of an abandoned adult theater into a state-of-the-art gallery space, studio facility and multimedia community center marks a milestone in the revitalization of the Tenderloin neighborhood into a vibrant art district, while also providing a much needed production and exhibition center for the Bay Area digital and progressive arts communities.

The Gallery’s inaugural public exhibition “OPEN” presents pioneering work in new media arts, design and technology. “OPEN” features the work of artists C.E.B Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design. The multidisciplinary pieces highlighted in the groundbreaking exhibit range from prints and sculptures to interactive video, generative processes and cartography. Each work uniquely reflects GAFFTA’s core values of utilizing innovative technologies to promote collaboration, public interaction, resource-sharing and openness.

In tandem with our Grand Opening, artist C.E.B Reas will be here to introduce our first public workshop, which will be a two day immersion in creative coding using the Processing environment. This is a unique opportunity to learn the Processing environment with its co-creator on hand to give insight. Processing is a free open-source platform that has been instrumental in building a new creative community of coders and designers by providing a professional production tool facilitating the creation of dynamic projects. Capacity is extremely limited, offered on a first come, first serve basis. To register for this unique workshop please visit http://www.gaffta.org/2009/08/20/creative-coding-1/ or e-mail gdunne@gaffta.org

For more information on GAFFTA and to see our full schedule of opening events please visit: http://www.gaffta.org/2009/08/23/inaugural-exhibition-open/

GAFFTA is a non-profit organization who’s mission grows in momentum and thrives through community support. To learn more about how you can support the organization please visit http://gaffta.org/support. For general inquires please e-mail info@gaffta.org

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