As San Francisco’s Mission District undergoes rapid rent increases and neighborhood demographic change, spaces like the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics become fewer and farther between. We need spaces like this, where artists and activists come together to share stories of their fights for economic and social justice, or deliver stirring performance through music, poetry, art, and dance. Named for beloved Mission dweller and Guatemalan activist Eric Quezada, who lost his battle with cancer in 2011, the space seeks to be a cultural gathering spot that is both affordable and accessible — just blocks from 16th Street BART, and in the middle of a stretch of Valencia more known for spendy restaurants and hipster bars than progressive candidate forums and multicultural celebrations. An apt setting for those seeking to retain their sanity in a shifting SF.
The Kendra Alexander Foundation will rent space in the Eric Quezada Center to any group that it deems to be compatible with our declared statement of purpose in our articles of incorporation:
The overall aim of this Foundation is to provide opportunities for new and veteran activists for social change to educate, develop and train themselves and thereby to enable them to better organize and educate others to support equal rights; an end to racism, sexism, homophobia and discrimination based on age; national and international economic, social and environmental justice; and a peaceful world free of imperialism
Located close to BART in the Mission District, 518 Valencia is the perfect location for small to medium-sized events, such as fundraisers, meetings, film screenings, classes and more. Rental includes use of our main event room (pictured below), an extra office space/childcare room for your convenience, two bathrooms (one which is ADA accessible), and a small kitchenette area. Rentals also include use of: 80 chairs, 4 tables, house lights,and stage risers (6’ x 10’ or 5′ x 12′ – depending on set up). All events are staffed by 518 Valencia staff. A sound system, and other equipment such as a microphone, projector and screen, are also available on-site for a small extra fee. 518 is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable space – please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your event needs!