Relocation is a long process for displaced arts nonprofits.
But after leaving its home on 17th and Shotwell streets at the end of June, Root Division will soon be opening its temporary pop-up location on Market between 6th and 7th streets. The local arts organization provides below-market studio spaces for emerging artists, plus affordable art classes for working adults.
“It’s definitely been a shift for us from the previous space,” said Executive Director Michelle Mansour. “We’re looking forward to forging some new partnerships and taking advantage of the new location.”
Root Division’s programming is already making a comeback, with registration for adult classes underway. An opening reception for the organization’s next exhibit is planned for August 9. Their multi-space collaborative exhibition exploring artistic survival in the city, “Survival Space,” is on display at Adobe Books’ back room gallery.
The pop-up location is only affordable as a temporary space, Root Division representatives said. They’re still searching for a new permanent home after being forced out of the Mission by a rent increase. Meanwhile, the organization is redecorating its Market Street space, rushing to finish all the necessary construction and painting work before the space opens on July 31.