Business owners declare Third Street an African American Cultural District

Designated cultural districts in San Francisco are becoming increasing popular, as we have seen the popularity of the two cultural districts designated so far, Calle24 in the Mission and SOMA Philipinas, South of Market.

“San Francisco continues to be on the forefront of preserving and enhancing neighborhood character, identity and diversity,” said former Mayor Lee. “These important cultural assets are a testament to the work of our partners and residents who embody the values of San Francisco. These communities will shape the future of cultural districts in the state and beyond.

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California’s New State-Designated Cultural District: SOMA Pilipinas in San Francisco

In July, the California Arts Council announced that the SOMA (South of Market) Pilipinas—Filipino Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco—will serve as a state-designated Cultural District. California’s newly launched Cultural District program will support 14 cultural districts to promote the Golden State’s cultural diversity. The California Arts Council will provide statewide marketing strategies, technical assistance and branding resources to selected cultural districts for the next five years, partnering with Visit California and the California Department of Transportation.

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First Filipino Cultural District in U.S. To Launch In San Francisco

Filipino-Americans - one of San Francisco's oldest ethnic communities - are looking to launch a cultural district in the U.S. to ensure they continue to have a place in a city that is quickly gentrifying.

Coming from a community that has experienced racism and displacement since the early nineteen-hundreds, San Franciscans of Filipino descent living in the industrial South Of Market Area (SOMA) are raising $65,000 to fund their long-awaited cultural district…

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Soma Pilipinas Aims to Empower Sf Pinoys Through Culture and Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The South of Market District, or the SOMA, has been traditionally home to many kababayans in the San Francisco Bay Area.

However, due to the rising costs of rent, many Filipinos are finding themselves pushed out of the city.

Despite the gentrification — back in April of this year — the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to establish a Filipino cultural heritage district in the SOMA.

With this resolution, the Fil-Am community looks to empower their cultural district through technology.

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