About Us

Since 1980, San Francisco-based non-profit City Arts & Lectures has offered unique programs with leading figures in arts and ideas. Each year there are more than fifty lectures and onstage conversations – and a few surprise performances, film tributes, and concerts – with outstanding writers, critics, scientists, performing artists, and cultural figures from around the world. City Arts & Lectures offers the broadest perspectives about ideas and values, the creative process, and how we think about the world we live in.

City Arts & Lectures events are held in the historic Nourse Theater in San Francisco’s Performing Arts Center. Programs can be heard via edited and delayed broadcasts on more than 130 public radio stations across the country. Radio broadcasts are co-produced with KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco.


Executive Directors  Kate Goldstein-Breyer • Holly Mulder-Wollan

Design & Communications Director  Alexandra Washkin

Production & Communications Assistant Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo

On-air radio host  Linda Hunt

Founding Director  Sydney Goldstein

Board of Directors  Tracy Chapman • Dave Eggers • Peggy Garlinghouse • Sydney Goldstein • Cherry Jones • Julie Kim • Tom Layton • Tom Luddy • Barry Traub • Calvin Trillin • Susan Sontag (In Memorium)