[freespace] is a temporary place for lasting change. Our mission is to foster creativity, civic innovation and community through the gift of free space. Inspired by the National Day of Civic Hacking, and wanting to provide civic hackers a longer timeframe in which to seed and grow projects, we secured a one-month lease of a 14,000 square foot San Francisco Central Market warehouse for just one dollar.
[freespace] is an experiment in cultivating civic hacks - to see what a community of creative changemakers will do when given the space, permission and one month to rethink the way the city, its residents and businesses interact with one another.
What happens in [freespace] is primarily dependent upon the community and what it wants. We have three lines of programming: constantly evolving art, events, and long-term civic hacking projects. Our projects include:
The Learning Shelter: A maker classroom in a shipping container that offers 90 day training courses for residents of local homeless shelters, inspired by Freespace Fellow Mark Roth.
SF Yellow Bike Project: Free bike sharing for up to 2 days.
ArtHack: Murals inside and out of the building, by established and new artists, to turn the previous urban decay into an inviting facade.
Urban garden: We’ve transformed an empty gravel parking lot into a thriving temporary garden using gifted soil, flowers and tools. The garden has been a powerful tool to invite our neighbors to join us in beautifying our block.
Community engagement: To engage with the community around our physical space, we hold weekly activities to bring members of the [freespace] community into the neighborhood and residents of the neighborhood into [freespace].
Homefront Fans: Young Women's Veterans Challenge, to connect female veterans with services.
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