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Rainin Foundation Selects Winner of its Imagining Central Market Initiative

Monday, August 18, 2014

NCG member the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that the Luggage Store Gallery was selected as the winner of its Imagining Central Market Initiative, a $100,000 grant for a series of site-specific art installations that promote San Francisco’s Central Market corridor as an arts and technology district.

The Luggage Store, the lead organization in a collaborative effort that includes the Nighthouse Studio and Hyphae Design Laboratory, will receive a $100,000 grant award to create Light Up Central Market, seven site-specific art installations that will illuminate buildings and sidewalks on Central Market between Fifth and Seventh Streets. The initiative was designed to encourage interaction and dialogue around community identity, as well as to celebrate and showcase the vibrancy and innovative spirit that infuses the Central Market neighborhood…

Light Up Central Market will illuminate three existing public murals, and create two dynamic light installations and two modular benches that emit soft, glowing light. The illuminated structures are designed to inspire residents, pedestrians and tourists to engage with large-scale art that sparks the imagination, invites play and builds community. The project will build on the momentum of the newly-unveiled Let There Be Light video installation by Bay Lights producer Ben Davis on the side of 1019 Market, as well as the UN Plaza Fall Event Series and the work of San Francisco’s Living Innovation Zone Program, both part of the Mayor Edwin Lee’s initiative to revitalize Market Street.