To Whom it May Concern: Re: the Illinois Street Bridge Project:
The Cyclone Arts Group located at Marin and Illinois streets with the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary, and the Islais Business Association ( IBA) and its environs are a thriving independent group of artists and businesses that have hosted hundreds of arts events in their historic building for the past 13 years.
It's future is being threatened by the proposed ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT.
To lose this building would be an irreparable blow to the arts community locally, nationally and internationally.
There is a tremendous spectrum of arts and artisans working and teaching from the building from all walks of life including:, painting, sculpture and technology exhibits, live theater performances, musical concerts, film and video festivals, poetry readings, circuses,
and numerous highly successful fund-raisers for local community organizations.
Classes held within the building have ranged from: carpentry, robotics, painting, sculpture, stage design, jewelry-making, glass-blowing, welding, machining, costume design and gardening to furniture design, steel fabrication, computer technology, boat-building, antique
restoration, pottery, and studio recording (music). There is a not for profit arts organization, video production, MIT scholars, an internet provider, stage design, puppet makers, new media art, glass blowers, massage therapy, designers and furniture fabrication.
All of these artists would be permanently displaced from San Francisco if the ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT were to go through, as well as many other local businesses, historical and environmental concerns.
For more information on these artists feel free to see the ART link at:
The arts are vital to any community, for San Francisco to lose yet another arts facility after so much has been lost in our city would be truly tragic. There are literally no buildings like this left in the city.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, WE NEED SIGNATURES IMMEDIATELY TO STOP THIS.
If you are in favor of preserving this valuable cultural resource,
please sign below.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER ,the MUWEKMA OHLONE SANCTUARY, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES, AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY STOP THE
BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.