Sunday, May 27, 2007
Civic Center Weekend 1: We Love Art and Money
A crowd of well-wishers was standing outside of Bill Graham Auditorium at the Civic Center late Friday morning...
...waiting for Academy of Art University graduates to finish with their commencement ceremonies inside.
The Academy of Art is a strange institution that seems to be as much of a real estate investment scheme as a learning institution.
In the last twenty years, the very expensive school seems to have bought twenty new buildings all over San Francisco and the empire shows no signs of abating.
Sitting in front of the auditorium was a huge limo with a "We HEART Art" license plate, and a gentleman standing in front of it who looked like a combination chauffeur/bodyguard.
In fact, there were security guards everywhere making sure there was a clear path from the auditorium to the limo(s). There are a lot of famous people who make their way through Civic Center, but this was one of the most heavyhanded displays of security I've seen since the Dalai Lama or Bill Clinton came into town.
I wonder what scam the Academy of Art University really entails.