HELP #HONORHARVEYMILK: Fund two works of public art.

For: Illuminate & Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza
San Francisco, CA
Organizer: Ben Davis
of $60,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 61 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

November 8th is the 40th Anniversary of Harvey Milk's historic 1977 election as California's first openly gay elected official. That night Milk returned to the Castro where he received a "tumultuous and moving welcome" home.

This November 8th, people will gather again at the famed intersection of Castro and Market streets to honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk and reaffirm our commitment to equality for all. In addition to speakers and performers, the 100% peaceful and positive gathering will feature the grand lighting of two signature works of public art. 

We invite you to honor Harvey Milk's life and legacy by helping fund the cost of installing the artwork. HARVEY'S HALO raises a colorful beacon of equality into the sky above Harvey Milk Plaza for seven nights over two weekends. HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT immortalizes Milk's words in neon over Harvey Milk Plaza as a permanent greeting to all those who call Castro home, be they San Francisco residents or not. 

We also invite you to find your way to the hallowed ground of Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco on the evening of November 8 to stand united, once again, in the name of equality.

Illuminate is the San Francisco-based non-profit arts organization behind The Bay Lights and the illumination of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer of Love. Our mission is to rally large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, thought awe, free humanity's better nature.

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza's mission to build a public space that inspires generations to come about Harvey Milk and his message of hope and equality for all disenfranchised communities.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 7, 2017

Posted on November 7, 2017

Huge news! Salesforce has agreed to come on as the presenting sponsor of the project. With the Salesforce support, we are moving ever closer to reaching our funding goal.

Posted on November 1, 2017


Posted on November 1, 2017

One week to go! Excitement is building. 

A $10,000 match has been provided. 

Give now and your gift will be doubled. 

See our beautiful poster created by artist John Mavroudis as a gift from the Haight Street Art Center. (Interactive version here.)

Hat's off to the SF Giants, SF 49ers, and Levi's along with Trinity Properties for being generous supporters of  this community-driven effort! 

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