509 Cultural Center

509 Cultural Center Luggage Store sign
509 Ellis St. , San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 724-4444


The 509 Cultural Center’s multidisciplinary arts programs amplify the voices of the region’s culturally diverse artists and bring together people from different communities to dispel the stereotypes and fears that separate them. For the past 28 years, the Center has organized exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education and public art programs that pursue two goals related to cultural equity: promoting the professional careers of the region’s outstanding emerging and mid-career artists of color and providing low-income and culturally diverse San Francisco residents access to the arts.

The Rex grant is to fund the purchase of and install new plants at the Tenderloin National Forest, an outdoor venue in the heart of the Tenderloin adjacent to our 49-seat indoor performance and exhibition space at 509 Ellis Street. In the late ’90s, the City leased the Center (for $1.00 per year) a dead-end alley. Over the next decade, the Center transformed the alley into the Tenderloin National Forest.