Discover a new sculpture along a familiar trail, experience an unexpected artistic interaction within an historic site, or explore nature expressed through the eyes of an artist. Since the earliest days of the National Park Service, artists have drawn inspiration from these parks.

The Golden Gate National Parks are rich in both their beautiful setting and unique history. 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.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Online Experience
Although the exhibition closed in April 2015, you can now explore all seven art installations in a virtual 3-D environment, powered by Matterport technology.

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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