The program mission of Arts in the Parks is provide programs to connect our visitors with creative experiences in the park that are transformative, unexpected, and inspirational.

Since the earliest days of the National Park Service, artists have drawn inspiration from these parks. Through Art in the Parks, visitors can experience a wide range of site specific experiences that reflect and respond to the beautiful setting and unique history of the Golden Gate National Parks. Art in the Parks has been highlighted as an element of the National Park Service Director’s Call to Action, a strategic vision for the agency that encourages national parks to illuminate the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. Check out our current and past programs as well as opportunities to get involved.

100 years of Arts in the Parks - Centennial Videos

Watch “100 Years of Arts" in the Parks >>
Celebrate the last 100 years and the next 100 years of arts in the parks in this video series.

Mark di Suvero on Crissy Field, photo by Mason Cummings.

Current & Ongoing Exhibits >>
The Golden Gate National Parks feature a wide array of upcoming, current, and ongoing exhibits. Explore your parks through these amazing art installations and exhibits.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Upcoming Art Events >>
Want more arts programming? Take a look at our upcoming creative events from tours to screenings.

Actress under the Golden Gate Bridge

Apply >>
Art in the Golden Gate National Parks is a parkwide call to action to incorporate the creativity in our interaction with park sites. Find out which programs work best for you and learn about other opportunities to get involved.

Brush Pile Sculpture

Archive >>
The Golden Gate National Parks have featured prominent artists since 2006. Take a look at how creative expression has been an integral part of the Golden Gate National Parks, bringing new life to these beloved spaces.

Sculptire by Mark DiSuvero

About Art in the Parks >>
Art in the Parks is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust to work with community partners such as the Headlands Center for the Arts, the FOR-SITE Foundation, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Interested in bringing more creativity to the parks? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Art in the Parks is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Headlands Center for the Arts to work with a variety of community partners to bring the arts to park settings to provide new ways of experiencing and learning about place. Some of our current and past partners include the FOR-SITE FoundationWe Players, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art



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