A new National LGBTQ Center for the Arts is set to open in the heart of San Francisco. The $9.6 million building is located on 170 Valencia St. and will serve as the permanent home for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. There are plans in the future to expand programming and turn the four-story building into a hub of creativity with artists, scholars, community leaders, and also activists. “The way we envision this space is really being a community space, so being able to bring in more LGBTQ arts organizations,” Executive Director Chris Verdugo said. “As we introduce this into the community, a big piece of that will be aligning ourselves with other various LGBTQ arts organizations who need rehearsal space, who need small performance spaces.”
The building is thanks to a $5 million donation from original chorus member Terrence Chan.