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ABOUT
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Welcome to Edge on the Square, the contemporary art hub located at the heart of San Francisco Chinatown. Our year-round programming is designed to bring together creators and educators for a well-rounded cultural experience. Our space welcomes Asian American artists for our twice annual art exhibitions and our signature annual contemporary art festival, as well as music events and community gatherings that foster cultural exchange and understanding.

 

We are passionate about providing a platform for Asian American artists to showcase their work and we are proud to support local merchants in the process. Our goal is to inspire and engage visitors through our diverse range of events and programming. Come and explore Chinatown with us through art!

Edge's Newest Exhibition
Walking Stories

Walking Stories Exhibition Opening

Saturday, June 29th | 6:00 - 9:00 PM

800 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

 

The exhibition, Walking Stories, contemplates the storied nature of human behavior and how individuals may be perceived as embodied "walking stories". Carried within the storyteller, passed down through generations are countless stories shared, given, received, and exchanged. Far from being fixed, stories are fluid in essence, constantly evolving as they are expanded on, abbreviated, and adapted per circumstance, context and audience. As such, how do we carry, gift, receive, exchange stories? What is said and intentionally left unsaid? How might we tell the untold stories of those who do not have capacity or reveal that which is not yet uncovered? In what ways do stories shape human connection, cross-generationally, personally and collectively? 

This exhibition is co-presented by Edge on the Square and Asian Americans for Civil Rights & Equality (AACRE). 

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Neon Was Never Brighter Festival photo by Henrik Kam

Our Theory of Change

Edge shifts the dominant narrative of the immigrant experience by:

  • Expanding knowledge and awareness of a “critical” immigrant story

  • Being a strong voice for immigrants with an uplifting narrative

  • Being the touchstone that holds the brand and a welcoming space to spark dialogues

Edge will become a sustainable socio-economic engine for Chinatown by:

  • Providing stellar programs that motivate the public to visit, explore, and experience Chinatown

  • Engaging with communities to build relationships and networks that amplify our collective voice and power

 

Edge widens the aperture of the human experience through:

  • Empowerment, creativity, and optimism

  • Sharpening tools to initiate and engage in meaningful discourse, build self-awareness, exercise agency, and activate social transformation

  • Promoting attitudes of inclusivity, cultural curiosity, constructive exchange

Land Acknowledgement 

Edge on the Square, situated in the vibrant heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, stands at the crossroads of history and culture. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we stand is the ancestral and unceded lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone People who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We recognize the historic discrimination and violence inflicted upon Indigenous peoples in California and the Americas. We also recognize the historical significance of this land to the diverse Chinese immigrant communities who have contributed to the rich cultural tapestry of San Francisco. We offer our deepest respect to the Ramaytush Ohlone as first peoples and express gratitude to the generations of Chinese Americans who have made this community thrive.

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See You Soon!

EDGE ON THE SQUARE

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