An OPPORTUNITY to reimagine Harvey Milk Plaza

 

Congratulations to Team Perkins Eastman, selected as the winner of the competition to reimagine Harvey Milk Plaza!

In the spring of 2017, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, in collaboration with SFMTA’s accessibility and accessibility upgrades project, launched a design competition to reimagine Harvey Milk Plaza as a redesigned public gathering space that truly honors Harvey Milk and the LGBT civil rights movement.

“We are excited to share these three finalists who represent very distinct design approaches that re-envision this important public space. Recognizing the important role of the community, two community meetings were held back in January to kick-off this redesign effort. We then took that input and folded it into the design brief and now we see the community's ideas present in the shortlisted designs," stated Andrea Aiello, President of the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and Executive Director of Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District.

“We received an overwhelming response from talented design teams to the call to redesign and reimagine the space at the corner of Castro and Market Streets. The submissions illustrated the social and environmental challenges in this important LGBT and civil rights memorial and public gathering space,” says Jennifer Jones, CAE, IOM, Executive Director of AIASF.

On October 31, 2017, the design team led by Perkins Eastman was selected as the winner of the design competition to reimagine Harvey Milk Plaza.

Read the announcement press release.

 
 
The winning entry from the design team led by Perkins Eastman, which included structural engineering by Arup, graphic design by Propp + Guerin, lighting design by Lightswitch SF, Inc and artwork by Cybele Lyle. Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza president, Andrea Aiello praised the design's "immersive experience" allowing people to interact with the memorial component.

The winning entry from the design team led by Perkins Eastman, which included structural engineering by Arup, graphic design by Propp + Guerin, lighting design by Lightswitch SF, Inc and artwork by Cybele Lyle. Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza president, Andrea Aiello praised the design's "immersive experience" allowing people to interact with the memorial component.

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FRIENDS OF HARVEY MILK PLAZA IS A CASTRO NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING THE PUBLIC SPACE NAMED IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ICON.

San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Plaza, at the heart of the Castro District, is sacred ground for LGBT civil rights history. Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza is undertaking this current effort to reimagine and reinvigorate this public space into a fitting and lasting tribute to the plaza’s history and namesake, so that Harvey Milk’s legacy may continue to educate and inspire generations of visitors. This new plaza will call to visitors and inspire them to create change in their own lives and in their own communities. The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza want to build a place where hope will live, forever.


We need your help!

Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza is a volunteer-led organization. If you are interested in getting involved in the new plaza project as a volunteer, please fill out the form below. You may be asked to help with meetings, promotion, flyer distribution, etc. If you have any special skills, like copywriting, web development, fundraising or anything else, be sure to mention those in your cover letter.

Qualifications

  • Strong desire to see Harvey Milk recognized in the Castro neighborhood
  • Availability to help as a volunteer as needed
  • Willingness to work with others to make great things happen!

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EVENTS

Harvey Milk Plaza is situated at the entrance of the Castro Street Muni Station, which was built in 1980. In 1985, the plaza area was named in honor of the civil rights activist and elected official Harvey Milk, who lived and worked on Castro Street before he and then-Mayor George Moscone were both assassinated in 1978. Harvey led soapbox political rallies at the plaza which has since been used as a gathering place for community protests and celebrations. The site serves hundreds of commuters daily, as well as thousands of tourists who come through the transit station on their way to visiting the famous neighborhood. 

November 8, 2017
6pm-7pm
Harvey Milk plaza, San Francisco

 

Please join us to Honor Harvey Milk on November 8, 2017!

November 8, 2017 is the 40th Anniversary of Harvey Milk's 1977 barrier-breaking election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as California's first openly gay elected official. That night Milk returned to the Castro where he received a “tumultuous and moving welcome” home. 

November 8th is also the 20th Anniversary of the giant rainbow flag first being raised in the Castro, so there's plenty to celebrate. We are planning something truly special. 

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and Illuminate will be hosting a large-scale, peaceful and positive public gathering at the intersection of Castro & Market streets to honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk and to reaffirm San Francisco and California's enduring commitment to equality.

Illuminate is the extraordinary nonprofit behind The Bay Lights and the recent beloved lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer of Love. The evening and the public art debut is an exciting collaborative effort between Illuminate and the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza. We hope you will join us!

#HonorHarveyMilk 

THANK YOU to the vast network of sponsors, allies, supporters, friends and partners who joined our effort to make this a monumental evening of inspiration and illumination!

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Salesforce

SPONSOR
Levi Strauss & Co.
The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco 49ers
Trinity Partners

ALLIES, SUPPORTERS, FRIENDS & PARTNERS
Castro CBD
Illuminate
Shanti Project
GLIDE
LGBT Asylum Project
SF AIDS Foundation
SF LGBT Center
Oakland LGBTQ Center
Castro Merchants
NCLR
Horizons Foundation
SF Ducal Council
SF Gay Men's Chorus
Market Street Railway
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Emerge CA
Mills College Diversity
Women's March San Francisco
GSA Network
AIDS Survivor Syndrome
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
CA Historical Society
SF Public Library
SF Human Rights Commission
United Democratic Club
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Pacific Center for Human Growth
Santa Clara University Rainbow Resource Center
Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association

 
HARVEY’S HALO raises a colorful beacon of equality into the sky above Harvey Milk Plaza for seven nights (November 8-11 & 16-18) over two weekends. 

HARVEY’S HALO raises a colorful beacon of equality into the sky above Harvey Milk Plaza for seven nights (November 8-11 & 16-18) over two weekends. 

HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT immortalizes Harvey Milk’s words in neon over Harvey Milk Plaza as a permanent greeting to all those who call Castro home, be they San Francisco residents or not.

HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT immortalizes Harvey Milk’s words in neon over Harvey Milk Plaza as a permanent greeting to all those who call Castro home, be they San Francisco residents or not.

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