It's been a challenging week in the Bay Area. But it's also been an inspiring one. The community has stepped up to help in whatever way possible, whether that be through donating, getting involved in vigils and benefits, or telling the victims' stories.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is also eager to help, and has announced that admission to the museum will be free tonight, Dec. 8, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm for "anyone in need of a space to reflect, mourn, and heal."
Similarly, the Oakland Museum of California is offering half-off admission for adults and free admission for anyone 18 and under this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 from 5pm to 9pm at a special edition of the museum's Friday Nights event series, which will include a living memorial wall.
And UC Berkeley is offering free admission to students, faculty, and staff members for a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 8pm.
These gestures are meaningful because art has always been a way to process, escape, and find peace, and we all could use more of that in our lives right now.