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about neon speaks
Neon Speaks is an annual festival and symposium that advocates for preserving historic neon signs.. Produced by our sister organization, San Francisco Neon, a not-for-profit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of the Tenderloin Museum. Our goal is to educate and advocate for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs: a living archive of design, craft, and city history.
Contact us if you would like to attend or present at the next Neon Speaks symposium
Vintage neon signs have evolved from advertising to art, and now they serve as landmarks of the day-to-day human experience within communities. The artisans and advocates who take on these preservation projects deserve and desire public acknowledgment, and the opportunity to share experiences.
In April 2018, SF Neon produced a three-day festival and symposium, "Neon Speaks" to bring neon preservationists and advocates together to celebrate and share information on historic neon preservation.
Best Neon Museums in the West
— Christopher Hall, AAA Via Magazine
Tenderloin Neon A-Z aims to restore neon across the neighborhood
— Carrie Sisto, Hoodline
Tenderloin Museum Offers Neon A-Z Walking Tour
— Ryan Kost, SF Chronicle
Neon Symposium Speaks to the Art's Past and Future
— Carrie Sisto via Hoodline, ABC 7 News
San Francisco Was Once Aglow with Neon
— Serginho Roosblad, KQED Bay Curious
Bringing the Light Back to the Night
— Bonnie Burton, AltaOnline.com
San Francisco Neon Renaissance
— Joyce Slayton, PerLaMente.com
City and Property Owners restore neon signs in the Tenderloin
— Carrie Sisto, Hoodline.com
San Francisco Neon Tours Celebrate Luminous Signs Past & Present
— Nikki Collister, Hoodline.com
Lush photography book illuminates San Francisco’s neon history...
—Jim Van Buskirk, San Francisco Examiner
Once loved, then reviled, the world of neon art is back in lights—from Los Angeles to San Francisco
—Jack Levitan, CA Modern Magazine
An Ode to the Disappearing Neon Signs That Light Up the Streets of San Francisco
—Jordan G. Teicher, "Behold" photography blog, on Slate.com
A New Book Documents San Francisco's Disappearing Neon Signs
—Meg Miller, CoDesign on FastCompany.com
12 Cool Things To Check Out This Week
—Caleb Pershan on SFist.com
Neon City, Jimmy Carter and more
—Weekend Features, San Francisco Examiner
If only San Francisco's neon signs could live forever...
—Anika Bugess, AtlasObscura.com
These San Francisco neon signs are awesome...
—Annie Tittinger, San Francisco Magazine
San Francisco once basked in the glow of neon... .
—Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle
Book to focus on San Francisco neon...
—David Weinstein, Eichler Network