The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and the San Francisco Planning Department partnered, with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to make the Market Street Prototyping Festival possible.

For YBCA, the Festival demonstrates the central role art plays in civic engagement, leading to more connections between people, greater community investment and in effect, a better quality of life. For the Planning Department, the Festival provides a more open, engaging and creative methodology for the public engagement process, allowing citizens and stakeholders to enter into new forms of partnerships to redesign Market Street – demonstrating a commitment towards finding innovative solutions to improving public spaces and experiences in a way that actively engages the community and encourages new perspectives. For the Knight Foundation, the Festival will serve as a model for cross-city learning and neighborhood re-development.

San Francisco Planning Department
The San Francisco Planning Department, under the direction of the Planning Commission, plays a central role in shaping the future of our City by generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. For more information, visit

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(YBCA), located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, is one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers. With a belief that contemporary art is at the heart of community life, YBCA brings audiences and artists of all backgrounds together to express and experience creativity. The organization is known for nurturing artists at the forefront of their fields and presenting works that blend art forms and explore the events and ideas of our time. As part of its commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area, YBCA supports the local arts community and reflects the region’s diversity of people and thought through its arts and public programming. For more information, visit

Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information, visit

Make Your Market Street logo

Make Your Market Street is a City initiative that is inviting a new and vital public life into Market Street’s sidewalks and plazas. In partnership with its Community Benefit and Business Improvement Districts, the City is aiming to make San Francisco’s busiest street into a place where its most creative and engaged people experiment with how to make a more beautiful, livable and vibrant city. Over the next few years, while the City finishes its grand plan for a Better Market Street, Make Your Market will be bringing a wide variety of activities and installations to the sidewalks – Living Innovation Zones, commercial popups, temporary stages, playful street furnishings, moveable tables and chairs and all the inventive, unexpected ideas that people and communities contribute to urban life. So come make your mark on Market Street!

Other Team Members

District Design Captains

Central Market

Retail Heart

Financial District