Million Fishes Arts Collective is a community arts organization and resource network. MF offers an artists-in-residence program supporting a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds with shared resources, ideas and inspiration. Million Fishes is a gallery, event space, and dance studio that serves and provides access for the local art community. Most of all, it is a framework for members to intersect, collaborate, develop, and unleash their creativity, with each other and the communities with which they connect.
Million Fishes was an incubation program in San Francisco, CA where emerging artist of visual art, filmmaking, choreography / dance, music, conceptual art, new media, interactive art, interarts, and writing can build the tools necessary to establish themselves as contributors of art. It was located at 2501 Bryant Street (at 23rd Street), San Francisco, CA and began its operations in November 2003.
For nine years, Million Fishes nurtured artists by creating an environment in which they could create, critique, present, teach, and develop the concepts and skills involved in producing art and sharing it with others. Through presenting and making accessible the programs’ new emerging artwork and ongoing projects, Million Fishes became a resource to local communities in the Mission District and the diverse, extended communities of our resident artists.
Million Fishes closed in October of 2012 due to social, economic and political forces known as gentrification. Some feel that we, as artists, participated in this process. We feel the loss of our own home, but we also mourn the fast-track erasure of a neighborhood we love. Read our thoughts about Million Fishes and Gentrification.
We’d like to thank our wonderful community of nearly 10 years for helping us co-create a space that showcased the immeasurable talent, passion, and diversity of San Francisco’s artists, activists, makers, thinkers, and dreamers. We hope that this vision of shared responsibility and radical inclusion extends beyond the life of the organization.