Take a look at how creative expression has been an integral part of the Golden Gate National Parks since 2006.

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Connection Lost: Families Unraveled by Prison >>
The San Quentin Arts in Corrections Program of the William James Association presents their fourth exhibit on Alcatraz Island. The exhibit shows paintings, drawings, prints, and writings by inmates from San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest correctional institution.


"Portal" at Presidio Main Post >>
Portals is an ongoing global art project created by Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary art, design, and technology collaborative. The project is focused on connecting individuals from across the world, inspired by the importance of understanding each other’s cultures and hearing each other’s stories.

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Art Escape at Alcatraz >>
Prison Arts Touching Hearts (P.A.T.H.), a Marin based non-prfit arts organization founded and directed by Bay Area artist Leslie Lakes, has gathered a collection of original works of art by incarcerated artists from across the U.S.


Shortening on Alcatraz by Nelson Saiers >>
Shortening: Making Irrational Rational incorporates properties of the number Pi, prison vernacular and NFL football jerseys to weigh in on the “irrationally” long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses.

Home Land Security

Home Land Security >>
The exhibition provided a global perspective on the themes of home, safety, and defense. New and recent works respond to these themes through a variety of media ranging from sound, to performance, to video.

Within These Walls by Lenora Lee

"Within These Walls" by Lenora Lee >>
"Within These Walls" is an integrated, multi-media contemporary dance project featuring 14 performers and original recorded music, poetry, and video projection that ran for two weeks of September 2017 on Angel Island State Park in the Immigration Station.

Wood Line

Andy Goldsworthy, Wood Line >>
Presidio Trust and the FOR-SITE Foundation
Wood Line winds its way down a historic grove in the Presidio. Goldsworthy created this sculpture that harkens back to the Park’s beginnings, then the trees were first planted by the U.S. Army in the 1880s.

Ai Weiwei

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz >>
Internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei brought his dialog of freedom of speech and the importance of communication to Alcatraz Prison.

Alcatraz Portraits by Charles Unser

Charles Unser, Alcatraz Portraits >>
Charles Unser has created ten portraits of famous Alcatraz prisoners, offering a unique artists and visual window into the lives of some of the most feared individuals to have been imprisoned on the Island.

Dee Hibbert Jones, Brush Pile Sculpture

Dee Hibbert Jones, Brush Pile Sculpture >>
Artist Dee Hibbert-Jobes, with the help of UCSC students, created a 172 ft. sculpture made of brush. The pile curves through the landscape, providing habitat for native birds, preventing trailblazing and enhancing the coastal trail.

Lovers Lane in the Presidio, photo courtesy of the Presidio Trust

Jeannene Przyblyski, A Lover’s Line >>
Artist and art historian Jeannene Przyblyski self-guided audio tour A Lover’s Line takes its listeners into a journey down Lover’s Lane. Przblyski responds by asking the visitors to consider their own stories in the romantic and historic site.

Lands End

Jeannene Przyblyski, Comings & Goings >>
Przyblyski interactive piece takes its visitors on a journey through time and space. Through sixteen podcasts listeners explore Lands End, a site at the most western edge of San Francisco where the foggy waves meet the coast.

Mark DiSuvero sclupture

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field >>
Dancing across Crissy Field are eight massive steel sculptures by Mark di Suvero, shown together for the first time in the Bay Area. These sculptures are presented near the historical inspiration, the Golden Gate Bridge.

Prisoners of Age

Ron Levine, Prisoners of Age >>
Specializing in documentary photography spanning decades, Ron Levine's work is internationally known for spurring introspection as well as inspection of relevant social issues.

Community Works West

The Sentence Unseen by Community Works West >>
Restorative justice organization Community Works West brings artwork by youth affected by incarceration.

Presidio Habitats

Various Artists, Presidio Habitats >>
Presidio Habitats brought together a group of eleven international artists, designers, and architects to create the first exhibit within a national park. The works reimagined the natural habitats for the wildlife of the Presidio.

Fort Point

Various Artists, International Orange >>
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2012, International Orange brought together 15 contemporary artists. Each artist provided an insight to the landmark’s history in a dynamic show at Fort Point.

Hamlet on Alcatraz

We Players >>
We Players is a Bay Area group of actors, musicians, and artists devoted to transforming public spaces into stages fit for kings, sonnets, comedies, and tragedies.

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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