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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.



Christopher Hall, AAA Via Magazine

Carrie Sisto, Hoodline


— Ryan Kost, SF Chronicle

Carrie Sisto via Hoodline, ABC 7 News


Serginho Roosblad, KQED Bay Curious


Bonnie Burton,


Joyce Slayton,

Carrie Sisto,


Nikki Collister,


Jim Van Buskirk, San Francisco Examiner


Jack Levitan, CA Modern Magazine


Jordan G. Teicher, "Behold" photography blog, on


Meg Miller, CoDesign on


Caleb Pershan on

Weekend Features, San Francisco Examiner

Anika Bugess,


—Annie Tittinger, San Francisco Magazine

Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle


David Weinstein, Eichler Network


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