Street artists debating new public markets

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After a meeting with several concerned street artists who sell their handmade designs at Justin Herman Plaza about Rec and Park’s call for creating more public markets, a Q&A with heavy regard to the competition was posted online.

The meeting was a pre-submittal conference for interested vendor managers to find out more about Rec and Park’s vision of launching boutique-style public markets in a few tourist hubs.

However, several street artists who have been for decades been selling their products at Justin Herman Plaza – one of a few potential vending spots – also showed up, refuting the competition.

The Chairperson of the San Francisco Street Artist Program Liaison Committee, who reports to the San Francisco Arts Commission, has requested the arts commission take a stance on any new installations at the plaza.

Here’s the request for proposals that lays out the guidelines and says Rec and Park will in April make decisions about who could host The City’s newest public market.

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