San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks transforms public spaces into positive venues of conversation and connection. His public installations create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and build connections between people and communities.

Projects include a storytelling exchange to connect disparate neighborhoods, a public display of first love stories, a vacant warehouse turned community hub, and a global network of people creatively building stronger cities. His Neighborhood Postcard Project has been carried out in 22 communities from Chennai, India to Santiago, Chile and his League of Creative Interventionists has chapters in cities around the world from Cologne, Germany to Detroit, Michigan.

In 2011 he walked from Los Angeles to New Mexico — an experience that continues to fuel his desire to tell the stories of underrepresented people and places.



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2015   John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant Recipient

           Mentor, K880 Emerging City Champions 

2014   John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant Recipient

The Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council

The GOOD 100, GOOD Magazine

Invest In Neighborhoods Economic Development and Arts Programs Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA

2013   Makeshift Society, Artist-in-Resident, San Francisco, CA

Awesome Foundation Grant Recipient, San Francisco, CA


2015   Zendesk, San Francisco, CA 

           American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA

2014   NOW! Festival, San Francisco, CA

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

Historic Macon, Macon, GA

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA

2013   Califas Exhibition, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Sunday Streets, Livable City, San Francisco, CA

Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA