Please Touch Community Garden

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Have you ever walked past that empty lot on Grove Street, right next to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and City Hall? This high-traffic space in midst of Civic Center Plaza has been overlooked, ignored and under-utilized for years.

For many seasons, debris and garbage were the only things growing here, but soon, all of this will change.

Local artist Gk Callahan in partnership with the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired received a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to do this large-scale community art project: the Please Touch Community Garden. This garden project will strengthen the role of art and nature in the lives of our community and neighborhood. What is unique and special is that the garden will be planted, maintained and enjoyed by the blind community, along with many others.

The SF Permaculture Guild alongside a team of dedicated permaculture designers will help to oversee the creation of this unique project. Tactile sculpture, living murals and an installation by students at California College of the Arts will be a few of the projects to be showcased in this public space.

Artwork by local blind and visually impaired artists will be exhibited on a regular basis.  We will need your support so please come and helpwith design and installation.  To learn more about the LightHouse for the Blind and their programs, visit their website: