Small Arts Grants :: Recent Grants
Amy Seiwart Imagery, San Francisco – $4,500
To support five programs led by guest curators in spring 2017.
Artadia, Brooklyn NY – $1,500
To support local activities featuring Bay Area visual artist award recipients.
Breed & Rescue – Stephanie Weisman – $5,000
[The Marsh, San Francisco] To support an original production about a foster adoption experience by Hannah Taylor.
Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco – $5,000
To support an exhibition from a graphic book about Representative John Lewis, in the Museum’s new location.
Chasing Portraits – Elizabeth Rynecki – $2,000
[National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University] To support post production of a film about the lost artworks of the filmmaker’s great-grandfather, a prolific Warsaw artist before the Holocaust.
Custom Made Theatre Company, San Francisco – $2,500
To support development of a new music theater piece, Voices of the Quilt, about the impact of the AIDS pandemic and the creation the the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Del Sol Quartet, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a 3-concert series celebrating the ensemble’s 25th anniversary.
Dimensions Dance Theatre, Oakland – $5,000
To support new works about the African diaspora to be premiered in the 45th home season.
Epiphany Productions, San Francisco – $4,500
To support creation of a new piece, Last Blue Couch, for the 20th anniversary season.
Fresh Meat Productions, San Francisco – $4,000
To support production of a new evening-length production exploring contemporary American masculinity which gives voice to outsider perspectives.
From Baghdad to the Bay – Erin Palmquist – $4,000
[Center for Independent Documentary] To support post production of a film about an Iraqi’s assimilation into the U.S. after serving as a translator and later being tortured; he’s now a gay activist and studying to become a chef.
Futbolistas 4 Life – Jun Stinson – $3,500
[San Francisco Film Society] For post production of a film about an East Bay soccer club’s efforts to gain support for turning their school’s asphalt play lot into a soccer field.
Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the Re-Orient Festival featuring new work by Middle Eastern playwrights about the societal turmoil there and ripple effects here.
Hope Mohr Dance, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a traveling dance piece about an old blacksmith shop in the Mission District, which will culminate at CounterPulse.
Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco – $4,500
To support production of a new work, Nobody Lives Here Now, for the 30th anniversary season.
John Santos Latin Jazz Sextet, Oakland – $6,000
[Eastside Arts Alliance] To support the production of The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz II.
Koreatown, Oakland – $5,000
To support the completion of ceramic mosaics on trash cans in the Koreatown Northgate Community Benefit District.
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco – $4,000
To support productions of two of Kurt Rohde’s works, Death With Interruptions, and Never was a knight…
Lenora Lee Dance Company, San Francisco – $5,500
[Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center] To support a site-specific piece, Within These Walls, at Angel Island Immigration Station, about the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Lili Weckler – $3,500
[Intersection for the Arts] To support final preformances of a dance-theater performance triptych, HUMA I, II, III, at Joe Goode Annex.
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the 45th Anniversary Season including new work and re-mounting of historical pieces.
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato – $1,000
To support the commissioning of new work by Zio Ziegler for the 35th anniversary.
Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a contemporary production of works by Latino composers at the DNA Lounge.
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, San Francisco – $5,000
To support The Prison Project, where artistic director Patrick Makuakane will create new works based on his work with inmates at San Quentin.
Opera Cultura, San Leandro – $4,000
[School of Arts & Culture, Mexican Heritage Center, San Jose] To support 3 performances of a new opera by Hector Armienta based on the book Bless Me Ultima, at the Mexican Heritage Center.
Pamela Rose – $3,000
[Intersection for the Arts] To support a musical theatre piece about past female blues singers.
Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco – $6,000
To support the 40th Annual Playwrights Festival and its platform for emerging playwrights.
Pocket Opera, San Francisco – $1,000
To support more full rehearsals for their small opera productions.
Pro Arts, Oakland – $3,000
To support 2017/18 programming featuring approximately 200 artists
Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $3,000
To support the Island Waterways site-specific event at the Crown Memorial State Beach.
Ride – Jeffrey Dalton – $3,000
[San Francisco Film Society] To support post production of a film about a community project in Albany, Oregon to create a carousel using old-world craftsmanship.
Robert Moses’ Kin, San Francisco – $4,000
To support incorporation of music by street musicians in the new piece, Boot Strap Tales.
Rough Cuts – $3,000
[San Francisco Film Society] To support the launch of a new service program for documentary filmmakers to help them find distribution for their films.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival – $5,500
To support the Co-Laboratory Program which matches local choreographers and filmmakers.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $2,500
To support live musical accompaniment at the 22nd Annual Silent Film Festival.
Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $7,500
To support four main gallery exhibition programs in 2017.
Symbols of Resistance – Andres Alegria – $2,000
[Freedom Archives] For post production of a documentary about the Chican@ movement in Colorado and the Southwest in the 1970’s.
Teatro Vision de San Jose – $3,000
To support development and presentation of a new production for the annual Dia de Los Muertos performances in October.
Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco – $1,000
To support a play reading series at the GLBT Historical Museum
The Judge – Erika Cohn – $4,000
[Hartley Film Foundation] To support post production of a film about a female Palestinian judge who’s advancing women’s rights within Shari’a (Islamic Law).
The Whistleblower of My Lai – Connie Field – $4,000
[Clarity Educational Productions] For post production of a film about the Kronos Quartet’s undertaking of a new score about Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson’s role in discovering and reporting the Viet Nam civilian massacre.
Timeless, Infinite Light – $1,000
[Intersection for the Arts] To support a new multi-media work by Alex Cruse about creating a world without the influences of big business and big tech.
Tipping Point – Abby Ginzberg – $6,000
[Kovno Communications] To support post production of a film that espouses eliminating the tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers, who have a hard time making a living wage and providing for their families.
Troubled Water – Will Parrinello – $2,500
[Center for Independent Documentary] For final edit of a film about the grassroots struggle of El Salvadoran farmers to stop destructive metallic mining.
Wilder Than Wild – Kevin White & Stephen Most – $4,000
[Filmmakers Collaborative] To support post production of a film about wildfires, resource management and climate change. The California Rim Fire and recent North Bay fires are both included.
2017 Grants TOTAL $165,000
4 Wheel Bob by Tal Skloot – $2,000
[Baykids] For post production of an 80-minute documentary about wheelchair-bound hiker, Bob Coomber.
Alternative Theatre Ensemble, San Rafael – $3,000
To support development of a new commissioned play by Michelle Carter about race and inter-generational issues.
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $3,500
To support the annual showcase of new contemporary ballet, SKETCH 6.
Artadia, Brooklyn – $1,000
To support public activities in conjunction with the organization’s 2016 Bay Area visual arts grants.
Artworks Downtown, San Rafael – $3,000
To support the 20/20 Project helping the organization to address capacity building and building infrastructure needs.
Berkeley Film Foundation – $5,000
To support services to artists in the post production stage of making films.
Bird & Beckett Project, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the Canyon Moonlight Music series featuring a range of musical genres at the Glen Park bookstore.
California Muslim Vets by David Washburn – $1,000
[Islamic Scholarship Fund] To support post production of a series of short films about Muslim American military veterans who’ve served in U.S. forces.
Canyon Cinema, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a curated series of important films in its archive for the 50th anniversary of its history of supporting independent film.
Center For New Music, San Francisco- $1,000
To support activities for members in the coming year, including concerts and showcases.
Central Works, Berkeley – $2,000
To support the premiere of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, inspired by the classic Western film, The Magnificent Seven.
Charlie Varon, San Francisco – $4,500
[The Marsh] To support development of a new piece, Back to the World, the fourth in a series about elderly people.
Company Town by Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow – $3,000
[Snitow-Kaufman Productions] To support a documentary about the impact of gentrification and ethnic displacement in San Francisco.
Cuba Caribe, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the 13th Annual Cuba Caribe Festival featuring traditional Caribbean dance and music, as well as new work with roots in Cuban, Haitian, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, and U. S. cultures.
Diablo Ballet, Walnut Creek – $3,000
To support creation of a new film by Walter Yamazaki featuring the company’s work by artistic director Lauren Jonas.
Cultural Odyssey, San Francisco – $3,500
To support Rhodessa Jones’ development of a new theatre piece with participants in UCSF’s female HIV support group.
Duniya Dance & Drum Company, San Francisco – $5,000
[Dancers’ Group] To support the annual African Arts Festival in the Mission District.
Epiphany Productions, San Francisco – $2,500
To support the San Francisco Trolley Dances project featuring site-specific dances along the Market Street trolley route.
Evolution of Organic by Mark Kitchell – $5,000
[International Documentary Association] To support post production of a film about the evolution of organic farming, and its roots in California.
Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $3,000
To support an outdoor project with UC Hastings School of Law, The Credibility Project, an aerial dance about gender equality.
Fua Dia Congo, Oakland – $2,500
[Dimensions Dance Theatre] To support MalongaFEST, a multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring dance, music, and craft arts of the Kongolese region of Africa.
Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $4,500
To support the West Coast premiere of Yussef El Guindi’s Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat.
Hope Mohr Dance, San Francisco – $1,000
To support presentation of a new dance work at ODC Theater.
Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco – $5,000
To support two staff positions providing services to artists: the Director of Member Services and Professional Development, and the Facilities and Rentals Manager.
Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland – $5,000
To support an art exhibition, NDN Land Forever – Reflecting Alcaatraz, about intergenerational relationships formed after indigenous people’s occupation of Alcatraz in 1969.
Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, San Francisco – $4,500
[Shawl Anderson Dance Center] To support a film and commemorative exhibition featuring seminal Bay Area dance artists from the past three decades, marking the 30th anniversary of “The Izzies.”
Koreatown Oakland – $4,000
To support a community improvement project involving ceramic tile mosaics on trashcans by artist Juan Lopez.
Lenora Lee Dance Company, San Francisco – $1,000
To support a multi-media dance piece at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.
LEVYdance, San Francisco – $2,500
To support a new collaborative piece by artistic director Garance Marneur and visual installation artist Paolo Salvagione.
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the creation and presentation of a new work in various intimate venues this year.
Menlowe Ballet, Menlo Park – $1,000
To support the 5th anniversary season including a new world premiere by artistic director Michael Lowe.
Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a concert combining classical and popular music, Baroque and Beats, curated by composer Mason Bates.
Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco – $3,000
To support Lieux Times, including a sound score created in response to the Museum’s collection, and a fiber installation at Minnesota Street Project.
PlayGround Festival, San Francisco – $2,500
To support the 20th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival featuring short plays developed in the weekly staged reading series.
Pocket Opera, San Francisco – $3,000
To support additional rehearsals with guest musical directors.
Pro Arts, Oakland – $4,000
To support visual arts exhibitions and public programs during 2016.
Ragged Wing Ensemble, Oakland – $1,000
To support the development of four plays by resident groups about the issue of artistic displacement in a changing city.
Public Glass, San Francisco – $4,500
To support a monthly arts demonstration project in the Bayview District, The Fire Pit Project.
Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $2,500
To support a 3-day site-specific performance and visual arts project in the open space between Alameda’s two bridges.
Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy by Haydn Reiss – $5,000
[San Francisco Film Society] For re-editing of an 81-minute film about poet and activist Robert Bly to a 56-minute version for PBS showing.
Root Division, San Francisco – $4,000
To support the Second Saturday Exhibition Series featuring new work by contemporary visual artists.
Rough Cuts, San Francisco – $2,000
[San Francisco Film Society] To support a new program called Assembly, giving promising filmmakers individual consultations with experienced filmmakers.
San Francisco Cinematheque – $4,000
To support a screening series featuring local filmmakers and live musical ensembles, called Re/construction: Scoring the Moving Image.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival – $5,500
To support the 4th Co-Laboratory program pairing local choreographers with filmmakers to create original short pieces.
San Francisco Independent Film Festival – $1,000
To support quarterly outdoor documentary film screenings at the San Francisco Mint’s McCoppin Plaza.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $5,500
To support the commissioning of live music for the annual 2-day film festival.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music – $3,500
To support the 9th Annual San Francisco Music Day in several of the War Memorial Building’s venues.
Teatro Vision de San Jose – $1,000
To support the annual production of MACARIO, an adaptation of the classic Mexican book and film.
Theatre Flamenco, San Francisco – $4,000
To support the 50th anniversary season in San Francisco and Mountain View.
The Secret Fatwa by Delnaz Abadi – $7,000
[San Francisco Film Society] For post production of a 54-minute documentary about a secret prison massacre in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1988.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin by Jennifer Kroot – $6,000
[International Documentary Association] To support post production of a film about local author Armistead Maupin, who created the Tales of the City columns and broadcast.
Volti, San Francisco – $2,500
To support a new piece by this a cappella choral ensemble created with ODC/Dance choreographer KT Nelson.
2016 Grants TOTAL: $172,500
Agents of Change – Abby Ginzberg -$5,000
For post production of a 1-hour documentary about the intersection of the Black Power and Civil Rights Movements on college campuses in the late 1960’s.
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the 2015 SKETCH season in collaboration with K.T. Nelson of ODC/SF.
A New Color: The Very Public Art of Edythe Boone, Marlene Morris – $5,000
[S.F. Film Society]
For post production of a film about an African American community artist and activist.
Berkeley Film Foundation – $9,000
To support artistic technical assistance for Berkeley filmmakers.
Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story, Ben Wang – $3,500
[Chinese for Affirmative Action]
For post production of a film about a man’s physical and mental struggles as a result of his isolation during two decades in prison.
California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley – $1,000
To support the development of singer Pamela Rose’s piece about black female blues singers in the early 1900’s.
Center for New Music, San Francisco – $6,500
To support individual and ensemble performances at the Center.
Central Works, Berkeley – $4,000
To support a new production of Project Ahab, based on Herman Melvilles’ story.
Charlie Varon, San Francisco – $5,000
To support development of The Interview, a new piece in a series of solo pieces about older Jews living in retirement communities.
Cutting Ball Theatre, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the writer-in-residence program and the RISK IS THIS… festival of experimental new plays.
Del Sol Quartet, San Francisco – $4,500
To support production of a new work by Gyan Riley.
Diablo Ballet, Walnut Creek – $3,000
To support a new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers for the 22nd home season.
First Presbyterian Church, Oakland – $4,500
For artists’ fees including commissions for a series of concerts featuring the grand Rosales Organ.
FoolsFURY Theater Company, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a festival of innovative physical theater created in an ensemble format.
Garret & Moulton Productions, San Francisco – $4,500
To support a new evening-length piece, To Hear the Angels Sing.
Glass Art Society, San Jose – $5,000
[Bay Area Glass Institute]
To support the 44th annual conference: Interface: Glass, Art and Technology.
haveababy.com, Amanda Micheli – $1,500
[S.F. Film Society]
For post production of a film about the in-vitro fertilization sweepstakes run by a Las Vegas fertility clinic.
Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco – $2,500
To support the new work, The Poetics of Space, at the Joe Goode Annex.
Just Theater, Berkeley – $3,000
To support the New Play Lab to produce original works by playwrights in the early stages of the development process.
Killing My Lobster, San Francisco – $2,000
To support this improvisational theatre company’s 2016 season.
Litquake, San Francisco – $3,500
To support the 2015 annual Litquake Festival.
Mark Foehringer Dance Project, San Francisco – $1,500
To support the creation and production of two new pieces by the artistic director.
Mind/Game: The Unique Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Rick Goldsmith – $4,000
To support post production of a film documentary about female basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw and her battle with mental illness.
Mugwumpin Theatre, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a new work by artistic director Christopher White, part of the Endurance and Exhaustion Series.
Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco- $5,500
To support an exhibition of dance scores, and related events, featuring modern dance trailblazer Anna Halprin.
Oakland Ballet Company- $8,500
To support the spring 2015 performances honoring the company’s 50th anniversary.
Paul Dresher Ensemble/Musical Traditions, Inc., San Francisco – $2,500
To support the performance of new works by Paul Dresher, Amy X. Neuburg, and other artists.
PlayGround Festival, San Francisco- $3,000
To support the 19th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival.
Pocket Opera, San Francisco – $7,000
To support additional rehearsals and fees for guest music directors as Donald Pippen prepares to retire.
Poetry Flash, Berkeley – $1,000
To support digitizing an oral archive of 50 interviews by Patricia Bulitt about world dance.
Pro Arts, Oakland – $4,000
To support the coming year’s exhibitions, including one featuring Ramekon O’Arwisters, one of the Foundation’s Eureka Fellowship recipients.
Ragged Wing Ensemble, Oakland – $3,500
To support the development of a new play by artistic director Amy Sass.
Robert Moses’ Kin, San Francisco – $3,500
To support development and production of THICK/SILT/POWDER/DEATH for the company’s 20th anniversary season.
Queer Cultural Festival, San Francisco – $1,000
To support the commissioning of 10 new works for the annual festival.
Root Division, San Francisco – $1,000
To support the monthly exhibition series in the gallery’s new home.
Rough Cuts – $4,000
[S.F. Film Society]
To support the second year of Fine Cuts, which provides local filmmakers with expert consultations on finishing their rough cuts.
San Francisco Camerawork – $4,000
To support a solo exhibition by photographer Meghann Riepenhoff.
San Francisco Cinematheque – $9,000
To support the Perpetual Motion performance-cinema series of multi-media installation works featuring film and performance.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival – $2,000
To support the intensive Co-Laboratory bringing together dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers who create short films for the annual festival.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $2,000
To support commissioning of new scores for the Festival’s 20th anniversary.
San Francisco World Music – $3,000
[Door Dog Productions]
To support artists’ commissions for the next phase of a project integrating world music and social protest.
The Great Wall of Oakland – $1,000
To support an arts residency with Ann Schnake of Mobilein Tent.
The Long Ride – Valerie Lapin Ganley – $2,000
[S.F. Film Society]
For post production of a feature-length documentary about immigrant workers’ struggles for civil rights.
The Roots of ‘Ulu – John Antonelli – $4,000
[S.F. Film Society]
To support post production of a 30-min. documentary about the origin of ‘ulu tree harvesting in Hawaii.
Underdogs – Ashia Chacko – $4,000
[S.F. Film Society]
For post production of a 1-hour documentary about the TAILS program matching shelter dogs with prison inmates.
West Edge Opera, Berkeley – $2,000
To support the production of operas in urban Oakland locations such at the 16th St. Train Station, Oakland Metro Operahouse, and American Steel Studios.
2015 Grants Total: $170,000