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Visit the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts for Superb Local, National and International Art of all Kinds

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 4, 2014

The Yerba Buena Center of the Arts may not be as large as the art museum (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) across the street but if you love art, make sure to leave room in your schedule to visit this venue as well. The YBCA is a thriving art space and event venue with an ever-changing lineup of performances, exhibitions, workshops, films, community outreach programs and much more.

The YBCA was founded in 1993 to fill a much-needed niche to present edgy, avant-garde and/or occasionally challenging art and artists in the Bay Area. Organizers realized early on that in order for the YBCA to thrive and complement rather than compete with SF MOMA across the street, they were going to have to present and appeal to a different aesthetic. The facility’s mission statement is ambitious and explains the role it plays in the greater San Francisco arts community quite well. It states:

“YBCA is an integrated site of creative endeavor; a unique fusion of art, innovation and ideas in a social environment. It serves as a curated platform for the dynamic convergence of artists, inventors, producers, thinkers, and community to sustain multiple levels of participation, propel short and long term social change, and insure that live arts and living artists are vital to society.”

An excellent venue to see the first exhibitions of promising Bay Area artists in nearly every artistic discipline, as well as traveling exhibitions from established national and international artists, the YBCA’s exhibition and performance calendar is as vibrant and varied as the artists who present their work here. The subject matter of a given artist may or may not appeal to or align with your artistic sensibilities but most of the people who work and display their art here would say that that friction, disagreement or new perspective is essential for their creative process. Who knows? It may also be essential for the evolution of a person’s appreciation for art.

Located at 701 Mission Street in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is very easy to happen upon while on your way to or from other San Francisco attractions. In addition to the aforementioned SF MOMA across the street, the YBCA is adjacent to Yerba Buena Gardens, around the corner from the Moscone Center, down the block from the Metreon Shopping Center and a few blocks from many other San Francisco destinations. The YBCA has slightly variable hours of operation depending on the day of the week, but it usually opens around 12 p.m. and closes around 8 p.m. in the evening. Admission prices are quite affordable, topping out at $10 for adults. The YBCA is closed most major holidays and offers free admission to all on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information and a calendar of current showings, performances and other events, visit the official site at, or contact NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936 to reserve one of our luxury limousines or party buses!

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