Fort Mason Center

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"The future of Fort Mason, and other former military sites, was the focus of lively debate at the local and national level. In the early 1970s, under the leadership of Congressman Phillip Burton to protect historic sites and make national parks more accessible, Congress established the first urban national park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), which includes Fort Mason Center.

"Fort Mason Center, a nonprofit organization, partnered with the GGNRA and opened in 1977. Numerous events of significance have occurred at the Center. The Dalai Lama visited soon after the Center opened. Sam Shepard and Michael McClure began their careers at the Magic Theatre. Danny Glover, Boz Scaggs, Marcel Marceau and Spalding Gray appeared at the Cowell Theater. The Zen Center opened Greens Restaurant, the first gourmet vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. An exhibition from the People’s Republic of China premiered at Fort Mason Center, as did the HIV/AIDS Names Project Quilt. Fort Mason Center became a hub of activity for nonprofit resident/partners and thousands of organizations which use the Center every year." [1]

"The Fort Mason Center campus also serves as home to resident nonprofit organizations. Current resident organizations include: BATS Improv, Blue Bear School of Music, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, The Long Now Museum & Gallery, Magic Theatre, California Lawyers for the Arts, Greens Restaurant, The Mexican Museum, City College of San Francisco Art Campus, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Off the Grid, On the Commons, Environmental Traveling Companions, Readers Book Store, World Arts West, San Francisco Children’s Art Center, Seedling Projects, Young Performers Theatre and the Museo ItaloAmericano." [2] Also the Long Now Foundation .

Board of Trustees

Accessed July 2013: [3]

Lecturer San Jose State University



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  1. Fort Mason Center History, organizational web page, accessed July 21, 2013.
  2. Fort Mason Center About, organizational web page, accessed July 21, 2013.
  3. Fort Mason Center Board of Trustees, organizational web page, accessed July 21, 2013.