History 2001

Project Artaud
is a non-profit, member-run organization providing housing and support for
artists and arts activities.

In 1925, the property that now houses Project
Artaud was built as a tooling factory for the American Can Company. Over the
years it served many purposes, including that of building airplane parts during
WWII in the large space that would later become Theater Artaud.

In 1971, a group of artists moved into the
then vacant building and named it after the avant-garde French theater artist,
Antonin Artaud (1896-1948). In 1989, full legal status was granted to Project
Artaud,

thus defining the new live/work code for the
city of San Francisco.

Today, there are over 70 individual artists’
live/work studios occupied by visual artists, sculptors, writers, photographers,
print makers, performing artists of all disciplines, electronic media creators,
as well as film/video makers.

In member public spaces, Project Artaud houses
the well respected

Southern Exposure Gallery, A Traveling Jewish Theater,
Theater of Yugen/Noh Space, Contraband Dance Company, Mariposa Studio, the
Phil Deal Performance Gallery, The Ark Media Group, and Logos Graphics.

Theater Artaud, which was put on the map with a landmark performance
by Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko in 1972, continues to offer controversial
and cutting-edge performance programs.

Today the cultural identity of our neighborhood
is changing rapidly and the arts are in a serious crisis unlike any other
in recent times. We at Project Artaud are striving to continue to maintain
our arts facilities for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The membership is
in the planning stages of very costly earthquake and ADA (American’s with
Disabilities Act) compliance. If you would like to join us in supporting the
organization that maintains this building — providing a home to theater,
gallery, dance groups and real live/work artist’s studios — your contribution
is greatly needed and appreciated. Tax-deductible donations can be made to
Project Artaud, earmarked “Seismic/ADA 2002”. Tax documentation
will be provided with our Thank You!

Project Artaud is supported by its membership
and by recent grants from the Cultural Facilities Fund Bay Area Program
and the San Francisco Art Commission┬╣s Creative Space Program.

“Today
the seagulls came to Project Artaud…”

Abe Davis
wrote a beautiful poem for the House Newsletter – The Toe – in 1972. The decaying
original document has been digitized for posterity.