Vintage Films, Art & Text Gateway to The San Francisco Street Artists

The San Francisco Street Artists Movement was a Civil Rights Movement for Artists and Craftspeople. A story set in the 1970s San Francisco when Artists were fighting to be free of hassle and arrest, to show and sell their art on the streets of San Francisco. The photo on the left taken in 1972 shows the members of the San Francisco Street Artists Guild with one of their attorneys Robert Kanter in front of San Francisco City Hall celebrating passage of Article 24, the first San Francisco Street Artists Ordinance.

March 23, 1972 San Francisco Street Artists Guild

Bk row, l to r: Barbara Warfield, Warren Garrick Nettles, Doug Smith, Bill Clark, Mike Gourdman and ?

Ft row, l to r: Frank Whyte, Tom Switzer, Attorney Robert Kantor holding flowers, Mona Milford

The Strange Life and Times of San Francisco Street Artists

Vintage Letters sent to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors regarding the SF Street Artists

Film and slide show of the trials and tribulations that the San Francisco Street Artists were forced to overcome
After four decades in storage, a film from the very beginnings of the San Francisco Street Artist Movement is brought back to life. This is the only known film of that time period that interviews the Street Artists about their craft and the people they meet on the Street of San Francisco. A wonderful addition to San Francisco Street Artist’ lore. Unfortunately, the Street Artists interviewed in this film are not identified. If you know who they are, please post their names and the time they talk or appear in the film. Special thanks to Street Artists and Founder of the San Francisco Street Artist Guild, Bill and Bob Clark for safeguarding this film for over 40 years and allowing it now to be made available for viewing.