The connecting theme through art from the Beat Generation was the element of collaboration. Poets, musicians, artists, filmmakers, dancers and thespians all socialized together, which made the San Fransisco renaissance all that much more exciting. The Beat Generation was largely made possible by the wave of artist-oriented establishments that began to appear in San Fransisco. The string of co-operative galleries, City Lights Bookstore, and even the California School of Fine Arts all had indelible connections with the success of the Beat Generation and its multi-talented artists.