“We realized that the retail component is critical to our program because this whimsical, weird vibe is what attracts all types of people—donors, volunteers, and community members,” says Bita Nazarian, executive director of 826 Valencia. “When kids come to a space that’s kind of wacky and weird, it influences their attitude toward learning and encourages their imagination.”
Our incredible collaborators in the design of our Tenderloin center won an award! Thanks so much to Gensler, MKThink, INSTERSTICE Architects, and Office for their work. Read more about the space here.
(Photo: Matthew Millman)