Studio 17 Faces Eviction: Diana Martinez Speaks Out

Studio 17, at the corner of 17th and Mission in the Redlick building, is currently facing eviction. Diana Martinez, a Studio 17 artist, shares her story:

"I am one of 70+ artists renting a studio at the Redneck Building on 17th and Mission St. (3265 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110) Collectively the studios on the top 2 floors are known as Studio 17 and managed by Robert Donald. Those top 2 floors are currently designated as "Neighborhood Community NC-3 Trade Shop with the Artists Permitted Conditional Use for Artist Studios, Gallery and Art Related Activities." The building's owner of 2 years, Rick Holman, is refusing to renew our lease, asking for a 300% increase, and illegally attempting to re-zone those spaces to include Administrative offices in order to rent to tech startup companies. He has delayed a Public Land Use hearing in order to convince the city that we are in agreement when we are not. He has told us the top 2 floors must be seismically retrofitted although the retrofit request is voluntary and the permit is on hold. We are currently reaching out to various media and neighborhood advocates for help and are gearing up for a big fight to stay in the Redneck Building." #savestudio17 #noartnoculture

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Cultural Space Coalition: a new group is formed

We join spokes together in a wheel,

but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,

but it is the inner space

that makes it livable.

We work with being,

but non-being is what we use.


Number 11 of the Tao Te Ching is one of my favorite chapters.

I am drawn to the phrases as; the center, the emptiness, the inner space. They all refer to the importance of what is inside—the place where life happens, where meaning is created, ideas formulated, or where magic flourishes. 

The character of San Francisco’s space is being transformed as new buildings sprout skyward or germinate on paper.  As these new spaces emerge, other are disappearing— through demolition, gentrification, or evictions, due to the increase of rent.

Many of the buildings that are being destroyed or repurposed were cultural spaces. Places where theater, art, dance, literature, music, or new media, flourished.  

As these spaces disappear, so does our culture, and our sense of history.

Cultural Space Coalition

This group was created as a response to the loss of San Francisco’s cultural spaces. The first meeting was on March 19, 2015 at Alley Cat Books. I am part of this group. Eleven were present. The attendees included artists or groups, such as ArtSpan, TODCO, and two independent book stores. 

Individually, we can do only so much. But as a group, we can be powerful. Our intention is to consolidate the one into many, then, formulate actions to preserve and create cultural spaces in San Francisco. It is a daunting task, for sure. As one drop is not an ocean, but many drops added together, and many it will take, to turn this tidal wave around.


Next meeting: April, 30th, 6:30pm, Alley Cat Books on 24th Street in the Mission.


SF Art Spaces…going…going…gone!

High property values and gentrification are gradually erasing our Cities’ sense of history.  This list will be added to as art spaces succumb to the tidal wave of development that is occurring in San Francisco.

(See more at: San Francisco Extinct Art Spaces)


ENDANGERED . . . Spaces where Artists are trying to stay.

WorksSpace Ltd, 3265 17th Street


CRITICALLY ENDANGERED . . .Spaces where Artists must move.

Soma Artists Studios, 689 Bryant Street

InnerMission, 2050 Bryant Street

Mapcap Theater Corporation, 2050 Bryant Street

The Soiled Dove, 2050 Bryant Street


EXTINCT . . . Spaces where Art and Artists used to live.

The Cataclysmic Megashare Ranch Studios, 1433 Van Dyke Ave

Guerrero Gallery and studios,  2700 19th St

South Beach Artists Studios, 340 Bryant Street

Belcher Street Art Studios, 69 Belcher Street

Urban Art Farm, 1345 17th

Goodman Building  Art Studios, 1117 Geary

 . . . . . .

RX Gallery

The Tin Can


Jack Hanley Gallery

The People's Cultural Center

691 Gallery

Point 52

Museum of Craft and Folk Art


Wise Fool Space

Treehouse Gallery 

Luna Sea Women's Theater Collective


New Langton Arts


The Other Cafe

Gallery Hijinks 


The Committee

The Werepad

Red Dora's Bearded Lady

Josie's Juice Joint

George Coates Performance Works

Vortex Room


Valencia Rose

No Nothing Cinema

Femina Potens

Million Fishes

Tool and Die

Climate theater

Venue 9

Z Space

Shotwell Warehouse

Diesel Cathedral

Mission Control

Shotwell Studios


SF Dancer's Workshop

Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

The Garage

848 Community Space

Brady Street Theater

1800 Square Feet

Jon Sims Center for the Arts

New College Sanctuary

Intersection for the Arts 1

Footwork/Dancer's Group

Intersection for the Arts 2

Studio 4