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In Memory of Carla Johnson In Carla Johnson's Memory

  The board and staff of the Bayview Opera House are deeply saddened by the death of Carla Johnson, Director of the Mayors Office on Disability and a fierce advocate of civil rights. It is Carla's wish that her memory be honored by supporting the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater and the Bayview community by establishing two memorial funds in her memory:

  • One will support the purchase or commissioning of a signature public art work to be installed at the corner of Newcomb and 3rd Street that will address and honor the value of equality

  • The other will support the Dare to Dream ARTS Youth Enrichment Program and assure that the children of the Bayview will have access to high quality arts and cultural experiences.

    Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged by an official letter from Bayview Opera House.

    Public sculpture
    on new commemorative plaza at 3rd & Newcomb
    Dare 2 Dream ARTS Youth Enrichment Program
    Or write a check to Bayview Opera House, purpose in memo field

    Questions? Contact Executive Director Barbara Ockel
    Mail to:
    Bayview Opera House
    4702 3rd St
    San Francisco, CA 94124

  • More about Carla Johnson
    Carla was often quoted as saying, "Disability Rights are Civil Rights and separate but equal is never equal." This principle of equality, which was the hallmark of Carla's career, is exemplified in the renovations of the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, on which she worked closely with the San Francisco Arts Commission and Public Works. The Bayview Opera House is San Francisco's oldest theater and on the National Register of Historic Places. For decades, the facility has been operated as a community cultural and arts center by the nonprofit Bayview Opera House, Inc.

    She was particularly passionate about making this vital community hub, built in 1888, accessible to all. Her vision was a driving force behind a design that not only eliminated barriers to participation for those with limited mobility, but also significantly improved the streetscape of the entire intersection. "Once we got started on this project, we seized the opportunity to transform and activate this corner, to create new accessible spaces like the outdoor amphitheater that will appeal to the community, and bring us together. That approach is proof that accessible design can be both functional and beautiful..."

    Unfortunately, Carla passed before she could see this important work completed. For those who wish to honor her memory and legacy, she requested that donations be made to Bayview Opera House, Inc. for two purposes: to purchase or commission a public artwork that celebrates the values of equality to be placed on the building's grounds or to support youth programming.
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