Recreation & The Arts

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Recreation & The Arts


The Arc strives to offer opportunities for fun and self-expression in community settings and with peers. We assist clients in keeping up-to-date about various activities available, providing information on transportation to classes and events and helping people access the funds necessary to participate as an individual, with friends or in a supervised group.
The Arc’s instructors assist clients in connecting to activities such as:

  • Dining out and movies
  • Best Buddies
  • Music in the parks
  • Picnics and barbeques
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Giants baseball games
  • Special Olympics
  • “We Gotta Dance!” Friday nights

Friends Like Me
Friends Like Me is a program of The Arc San Francisco that seeks to alleviate the social isolation of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through recreational activities and games that encourage friendship, conversation and socialization. For a schedule of activities or more information, please contact Lance Scott, Director of Arts, Recreation and Socialization at (415) 255-7200 ext. 156, or  For Activities and Schedule, click here.

We Gotta Dance!
A key social event for Arc clients and friends is the monthly “We Gotta Dance” held the third Friday of every month at The Arc San Francisco. Clients DJ the music, sell beverages and snacks and kick up their heels from 7:00pm-9:00pm in an accessible space with a professional sound system, a large dance floor and comfortable lounge area. See our Calendar for upcoming events and activities.

For more information about “We Gotta Dance” or other activities, contact Lance Scott at or call (415) 255-7200 x156.


The Arc’s arts programs encourage self-expression through exploration and education in various artistic media. Classes and instruction are offered at The Arc’s Howard Street Studio in San Francisco and ArtReach Studios in Daly City. Classes and studios offer exposure to the following:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture and collage
  • Creative writing
  • Music and voice classes
  • Dance class
  • Drama and performance
  • Multimedia

ArtReach & Howard Street Studios

ArtReach Studios offers a unique arts academy environment and postsecondary curricula for artists with developmental disabilities. Learn more here. Our Howard Street Studio offers an open studio environment for artists to hone their artistic and entrepreneurial skills and develop professional portfolios.

The Arc holds art exhibits and performances throughout the year. See our Calendar for the latest in upcoming events.

Meet our Artists and See What's New! Visit these sites below:

ArtReach Studios Facebook  Instagram:

Howard Street Studios Facebook  Instagram:

Shop The Arc with Original Gift Items and Designs by Arc Artists

For more information, please contact Lance Scott, Director of Arts, Recreation and Socialization at (415) 255-7200 ext. 156, or


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