The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously on a new interim director Monday, officials from the Mayor’s Office announced.The agency named JD Beltran, the current vice president, to act as director while they recruit a new permanent director of cultural affairs. Read More
For two weeks in April, former Arts Commission Director Luis Cancel collected a paycheck for 71 hours working “online” in Rio de Janeiro, according to time sheets obtained by The San Francisco Examiner.
Those two weeks, plus another three days he spent in Rio in October to attend a conference, are part of the reason Cancel had been under pressure from Arts Commission members to resign. Read More
We’ll say this about Luis Cancel: He’s made the world safe for the ever-growing number of telecommuters.That is to say, you shouldn’t feel guilty if you tell your boss that you won’t be in the office when you’re actually at the Russian River or Lake Tahoe, which — if you are actually working — is at least in the same hemisphere and time zone. Read More
Arts Commission Executive Director Luis Cancel has resigned as the head of the department tasked with providing money to artists, cultural centers and the symphony. Read More
Arts Commission Executive Director Luis Cancel is expected to hand in his resignation as the head of the department tasked with providing money to artists, cultural centers and the San Francisco Symphony. Cancel has notified commissioners of his resignation, though he has yet to tell Mayor Ed Lee. He says he is quitting so that he can move back to New York, but he has also come under increasing fire from arts commissioners about spending too much time in Rio de Janeiro. Read More
More than a decade after it was stolen, police last week recovered a $75,000 tapestry created by late San Francisco artist Mark Adams.
The piece, one of three panels of Adams’ $250,000 work, “Pond in Golden Gate Park,” was stolen in 2000 while on temporary display at the Moscone Center, according to police, who announced on Friday its recovery and the arrest of a 51-year-old woman, Margarita Andino, of San Francisco, for felony possession of stolen property. Read More
Downtown developers may lose the final say over what art to showcase on their property, even though they are sometimes forced to spend millions of dollars on it. Read More