NEXT MAPP: Saturday, December 5, 2015

December 5th MAPP Schedule:

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Classical Revolution
Chamber Music for the People

7:00pm – 7:10pm: Byb Bibene & Chris Babingui
Afri-Contemporary Dance

7:15pm – 7:35pm: Ben Baker
Experimental Butoh

7:45pm – 8:00pm: Anna Seva & Jessica Brown
Postmodern Dance

8:00pm – 8:20pm: Camille Mai
Alternative Jazz

8:45pm – 9:00pm: Dina Zarif

9:00pm – 10:00pm: Makrú
Rumba Flamenca, Cumbia, Ska & Reggae

The MAPP: Mission Arts & Performance Project

Launched in 2003, the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) is a homegrown bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, intercultural happening that takes place in the Mission District of San Francisco. On the first Saturday of every even month of the year, the MAPP transforms ordinary spaces such as private garages, gardens, living rooms, studios, street corners, and small businesses, into pop-up performance and exhibition sites for a day/night of intimate-scale artistic and cultural exchange among a kaleidoscope of individuals and communities.

The original idea of the MAPP grew from a group of artists that wanted to create an event for each other – to share and enjoy each other’s work in an informal and organic manner – but with an open door for the public to come and be a part of it. And this is the difference – it’s not a performance (entertainment) for the public, rather it’s an experience of sharing, where the line between ‘artist’ and ‘public’ blurs. As the MAPP grew in participation from artists of different aesthetics and different communities, the spaces took on distinct characteristics, evolving the MAPP into a rich intersection of aesthetics and communities, and it is at this crossroad that we find new relationships and discoveries emerge.

Across the years, the MAPP decisively resisted formalization, choosing to remain as a volunteer-run, non-hierarchical experiment of community-engaged art happenings. Today, the MAPP has produced over 75 neighborhood-level arts festivals, involving hundreds of artists and thousands of attendees. It beautifully demonstrates how an array of individuals from different cultural communities and artistic disciplines can catalyze a multi-dimensional arts festival that does not rely on funding or commercial marketing strategies. Most significantly, what makes it different from an “art walk” is how it is largely based in private spaces in a residential community, thus turning the private sphere into a networked cultural commons for creative expression and discourse. It is our way of rescuing ourselves from the over-privatizing and commodification of our lives and communities.

Part of the charm of the MAPP is that you never know quite what’s going to happen until you get there. This innovative platform allows serendipitous connections to emerge organically across visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists, community organizers and local residents that you can count on. We don’t advertise what is going to happen in advance, because we often don’t know until just a week before. With luck, however, you might find a printable program available online a couple of days before the event.

For more information or to get involved as a host venue, artist or street-level curator (and curate a space of your own!), please come out to the next MAPP meeting. To learn more about the program, contact, visit or find us on Facebook.

MAPP Collage