By Iride Aparicio

Photos Courtesy: FAM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- For those wondering what is a ART PASSPORT, we need to explain that all started as a newsletter called "Museums from Home." that was e-mailed to the museums' subscribers and members of the press by the FINE ARTS MUSEUMS' of San Francisco (FAM) which include the de Young and the Legion of Honor, to let their subscribers and the press, know what was going on at the museums during the pandemic. 

The newsletter's Senior Publication Editor Tina Enriquez is a journalist who started her career about 20 years ago as a freelance proofreader, taking editing classes, and learning, after developmental line and copy edits, to verify that a proof contained changes made to previous layouts. Proofreaders also use (or rather mem editorial and typesetting tools like style guides, to ensure that readers don't stumble on inconsistencies or small errors and miss the overall message.


"Even now," says Editor Enriquez ( pictured above) if I am proofreading anything from exhibition catalogues to museum signage, I have in my head a list of common errors or style points to watch for. With object labels accompanying special exhibition artworks, for example, this could mean checking all tombstones (the formatted info on the artist, artwork title, year, etc.) for consistency, italicization of names and noting unsightly line breaks or stray spaces. Proofreading adds the final polish before publication."


From Patty Lacson, (pictured above) director of facilities special projects
Patty Lacson describes the organ of the legion as follows:
"The Legion organ comprises more than 4,500 pipes ranging in size from one-half inch to 32 feet. The organ also has the capacity to imitate orchestral sounds such as the English horn, clarinet, French horn, and oboe; this organ has pneumatically operated percussion instruments, a set of large tubular chimes, and a thunder pedal as well. The organ pipes are located in the attic of the Legion, mainly above or near the main lobby area. The main console is located in Gallery 10, which provides space for visitors to sit with the organist during concerts"


"The organ is maintained on a monthly basis by Schoenstein and Company. Their maintenance work includes checking all the reed stops--trumpets, oboes, tubas, clarinet--for any dirt or tuning issues and examining all controls for proper function. The organists note any problems in a small notebook on the console, which we attend to as well.  Any additional time is devoted to inspecting the tuning of other stops in the organ so that over a period of years, all 4543 pipes in the organ are tested for proper tuning and speech. Larger or one-time organ projects are often decided by a specific need: a set of pipes that would benefit from cleaning or restoration, or a task that had been put on hold that can finally be completed. One of the most successful recent projects was adding the ability to tune the entire organ from the chamber, saving time that could be devoted to other part of the organ. "
"The organ which is accessioned as part of the collections is approaching its lOOth birthday in 2024 and is in remarkably good condition due to the care and support it has received throughout its existence."
"The general public may now enjoy classical music recordings by organist Jonathan Dimmock, paired with some of our favorite European masterworks at the Legion of Honor by listening to "Summer,"  "Spring." and "Winter"  which are now available to stream. "

From P J Policarpio, manager of Youth Development (pictured below)



For P.J. Policarpio, one of the most common perceptions about art is in the museums, but it is his opinion that you have to have deep knowledge about art history to enjoy it. If one has curiosity, there can be many ways to approach any artwork, and, certainly, its context history is one of them.

"When I am new to a work of art," he says, "I like to look at it closely for a few moments from different vantage point to notice, the colors, the textures, and the details that draw me in.  Feel the work in my body. Other times, I like to draw or sketch a part that excites me. It can also be fun to give artworks alternative titles, maybe write a short poem about the art, of write about how you should describe it to a friend of loved one. When they are with you, you may even have a conversation; even ask "Why do you notice about that work or art? and then,  "Why?"

August 6, 2022, 12 pm-12:40 PM



We will end our article by reminding those who are interesting in art, and would like to take part in engaging conversations which encourage curiosity, provide collaboration and connect you with the different works of art in the museum, that starting on August 6,  your ART MUSEUMS are giving people the equivalent of an ART PASSPORT, by offering everybody the unique opportunity not only  to explore the museum's permanent collections, but to learn facts about the artifacts and art works in conversations with people familiar with the collections, welcoming interpreters and outreach associates from the museums, who will not only talk with the audience, but also answer their questions.

These educational conversations will start at 12PM and 3PM on Saturday August 6 and depart from Willsey Court.
For more information contact
(415) 750 3600