Amplifying voices and stories of the Tenderloin

TenderArts aims to keep what is beautiful about the Tenderloin thriving: a neighborhood that is diverse, expressive, and resilient. We work with Tenderloin-based artists to listen and respond to community concerns, such as lack of respite and access to social services. We welcome our Tenderloin neighbors to engage in safe, hospitable, and creative activities and share their stories.

TenderArts is a platform for Tenderloin artists to showcase their work–and the work of Tenderloin neighbors–throughout the neighborhood and beyond, building an artistic and professional platform for anyone who creates art in the Tenderloin.

Through TenderArts, CounterPulse is transforming our block of Turk Street into an inspiration for what cross-sector arts projects can do for low-income and urban neighborhoods.


TenderArts Schedule

TenderArts Drum Circle with Steve Tanksley Each Monday Night


Spring 2020

Feb 7, Fri, 3-5pm

Music Box Orchestra and the Traveling Mural with Rick Darnell and Dawn Leigh

Free RSVP >>


Feb 14, Fri, 3-5pm

Valentine’s Day Boxes with Jeff Marshall



Mar 6, Fri, 3-5pm

Chronicles: Finding Home with Axel Craig Osterberg

Free RSVP >>


Mar 20, Fri, 3-5pm

DIY T-Shirt Fashion Design with Sylvester Guard Jr.



Apr 3, Fri, 3-5pm

Infinite Poetry with Curry Senior Center’s Phillip Gerson

Free RSVP >>


Apr 19, Sun, 11am-4pm

Sunday Streets


May 8, Fri, 3-5pm

The Sun as Camera: Cyanotype Printing with Anna Rotty & Kristi Chan

Free RSVP >>


Jun 12, Fri, 3-5pm

Block Fest in the Park with Steve Tanksley, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Rachel Lozada, Rick Darnell

Free RSVP >>



TenderArts Programs

Block Fest >>

Turk Street Mural >>

Urban Furniture Residency >>

Tenderloin Arts Lending Library >>

Coffee Break >>