"Any city that doesn't have a Tenderloin isn't a city at all"
Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle
Live at the Black Hawk is an exciting community-benefit project that recreates the Tenderloin's world-famous Black Hawk Jazz Club using cutting-edge Augmented Reality (AR) cloud technology. The project connects residents and visitors with the neighborhood's rich tradition of innovation and inclusion through engaging audio-visual storytelling and provides a rotating virtual art and music gallery for local youth and artists to showcase their talents.
Between 1950 and 1963, the Black Hawk Jazz Club attracted world-class talent to the corner of Turk and Hyde Streets in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Jazz greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie played to packed houses, experimented with new sounds and recorded some of their best works.
Who Tenderloin neighborhood residents, businesses and non-profits
What A fun, interactive, destination-worthy, augmented reality (AR) experience rooted in the rich culture and inclusive history of the Tenderloin’s Black Hawk Jazz Club.
Lifesize AR re-creation of the Black Hawk Jazz Club
Digital art and music gallery
Original artworks and music by Tenderloin artists
Community AR art and music creation workshops
Black Hawk and Tenderloin AR history
When It's Live and available
Where Boeddeker Park, Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.
Why Connect low-opportunity Tenderloin residents and artists with high-opportunity emerging tech through the creation of a fun, participatory AR experience that reconnects them with the rich history and culture of their neighborhood and elevates the Tenderloin as an engine of innovation and inclusion in San Francisco.
How Partnering with nonprofits, artists, startups and local businesses using evidence-based, Creative Placemaking practices and cutting-edge, mobile-phone based AR cloud technology.
Call for Visual and Musical Artists
Live at the Black Hawk is an on-going virtual art, music and history gallery. Applications for visual and musical works are accepted on an on-going basis.
All Bay Area visual and musical artists are eligible to apply. Preference given to artists living in the Tenderloin as well as those with a history of working in or with the Tenderloin community.