49er part of Arts Commission speaker series 

If you’re a football fan, you know that Vernon Davis is the captain of the 49ers, that he was selected in the first round of the 2006 draft, that he’s considered one of the best tight ends in the league and that he scored 22 touchdowns last season.

But you might not know that Davis is also an artist.

Davis majored in studio art in college at Maryland and has taken pains to support the art culture in the Bay Area. He has established the Vernon Davis Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, which aims to support San Francisco youth interested in pursuing a career in art.

On May 13, Davis will be the first featured guest in a new speaker series sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

The series features celebrities and leaders whose lives have been impacted by the arts. Davis will discuss art and philanthropy with Director of Cultural Affairs Luis R. Cancel and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., is free,  but guests must register here.

It will be followed by a cocktail party at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Tickets for the party are $125 and proceeds will be donated to Davis’ scholarship fund.

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