Future IDs at Alcatraz Island

Person gazes at two future id banners in front of light filled warehouse window.
Alison Taggart-Barone NPS

Open daily 11am - 4pm, February 16, 2019 - September 28, 2019.

Future IDs at Alcatraz is a yearlong Arts in the Park project, exhibition and series of public programs featuring ID-inspired artwork created by and with people who have conviction histories as they conceive a vision for a future self. Artist Gregory Sale and many collaborators led workshops to create art expressing individual stories of transformation.

Alcatraz and the New Industries Building provide a meaningful context for Future IDs, inviting reflection on the history of incarceration, the current criminal justice system, second chances, and individual freedoms in the United States. Today, this country has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated people. More than 95% will eventually be released. Of those incarcerated, people living below the poverty line and people of color are disproportionately represented.

Though none of the Future IDs participants were incarcerated on Alcatraz, individuals returning to society – both then and now – face an almost insurmountable stigma of having a history of incarceration, contributing to the consistently high rates of recidivism.


The exhibition features artworks by Aaron Mercado, Adrielle Pittman, Andrew Winn, Angel Gutierrez, Anthony Chavez, Arnoldo Trevino, Brandon Hein, Bruce Fowler, Candice Price, Cirese LaBerge-Bader, Cuong Tran, Daniel Gamez, Darlene Frontuto, Dominique Bell, Donald G. Sanchez, Dr. Luis Garcia, Eric Bergen, Emiliano Lopez, Guss Lumumba Edwards, Gustavo Tafolla, J Antonio Morales, Jarred Williams, Jennifer Leahy, Joe Frye, John Winkleman, Jonathan C. Marin, Jonathan Daniel Melendez, Jonathon Miller, Jonté Campbell, Juan Sanchez, Kirn Kim, LaVell Baylor, Lily Gonzalez, Michael Griego, Phillip E. Lester, René Hernández, Ruben Radillo, Sabrina Reid, Stan Bey, Weston Scott Kruger, William Wang, and Yahniie Bridges.

"Thank you to everyone who took the risk of being involved in the creation of this exhibition and on-going project. Without your trust in this open, creative process and, for many of you, your willingness to allow your images and words to appear in this context, the impact of this work would be lessened." – Gregory Sale, Lead Artist

Hand drawn identification cards hang in between industrial pillars
Will Elder NPS


Where: The exhibition is located in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island. Entry is free with the purchase of an Alcatraz ticket. The ferry leaves from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. To check availability and reserve a ticket, please visit AlcatrazCruises.com.

Hours and Dates: Open daily 11am - 4pm, February 16, 2019 - October 19, 2019.

Parking: Public transportation is highly recommended. There is limited parking at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. Street parking and private parking garages and lots are available along the Embarcadero.

Public transportation: The following SF Municipal Railway (MUNI) bus lines stop within three blocks of Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing: F Line Historic Streetcar (Bay Street stop), #8 Bayshore (Kearny Street & North Point stop), #82x Levi Plaza Express (Levi Plaza, Sansome & Filbert Street stop).

Last updated: September 29, 2019