A centerpiece of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary, the renovation includes a new stage, professional lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system. The $800,000 effort adds vibrancy and radical accessibility to this historic performance space located between the de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences. In July, San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to allow Illuminate to elevate James Weldon Johnson’s iconic and important words “Lift Every Voice” atop the bandshell. Installation is planned for later this year.
Led by key donors Carla and David Crane, and in conjunction with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, the revived bandshell will directly touch the lives of millions of park-goers.