Small Arts Grants :: Recent Grants
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Pro Arts, Oakland – $4,000
To support visual arts exhibitions and public programs during 2016.
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 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.
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.
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.
2016 Grants Total: $82,500
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
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $4,000
To support two new works by Amy Seiwert and Adam Hougland for the summer season at ODC Theater.
Arts Benicia – $2,500
To support the exhibition Form and Function, Art for Living, featuring work that blurs the boundaries between craft and fine art.
Bayview Opera House, San Francisco – $1,500
To support the development and production of a one-woman show by Mary L. Booker, a playwright and activist whose work features stories from the Bayview/Hunters’s Point.
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek – $5,000
To support a summer exhibition called The Skull Show, about the physical and mythological nature of human skulls and the role they’ve played in historical and contemporary art.
Berkeley Film Foundation – $5,000
To support technical assistance to filmmakers in the East Bay.
Book and Wheel Works, San Francisco – $4,000
[Intersection for the Arts] To support a mobile cultural project where an “art bus” will provide site-based programs featuring storytelling and handmade books and art in the Portola District.
Californians for the Arts, San Francisco – $6,500
[Intersection for the Arts] To support a special project called Seize the Moment for the Arts, to try to increase funding for the California Arts Council.
Chinese Whispers, San Francisco – $4,500
To support two performances based on a storytelling project featuring the histories of Gold Rush immigrants and current residents of Chinatown.
City Lights Theatre Company, San Jose – $2,000
To support the production of a new commission about the Christmas Day truce during WWI by Kit Wilder and Jeffrey Braco.
Crowded Fire Theater, San Francisco – $1,500
To support development and production of a play by local playwright Christopher Chen, The Late Wedding.
Custom Made Theatre Company, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a new play, The Braggart Soldier, or Major Blowhard, an adaptation by Evren Odcikin of a Platipus story.
Cutting Ball Theatre, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the 2014-15 New Experimental Play Initiative featuring five staged readings and two new commissions.
Diablo Ballet, Walnut Creek – $2,000
To support the commission of a new ballet by Sonya Delwaide, to be staged in Walnut Creek and San Jose.
Duniya Dance & Drum Company, San Francisco – $3,000
To support development and production of a large-cast performance in 2015 exploring the mixed traditions of the Punjab and Mexican communities who took root in the Central Valley in the early 20th century — a collaboration with Ensambles Ballet Folklorico.
Festival Opera, Walnut Creek – $5,000
To support production of two chamber operas focused on the culture of India: River of Light by Jack Perla and Savitri by Gustav Holst.
First Presbyterian Church, Oakland – $6,000
To support a new concert series, Under the Spire, featuring new commissions for organ music composers.
FoolsFURY Theater Company, San Francisco – $4,500
To support the biennial theatre festival, FURY Factory, in July in San Francisco.
Friends of Olympia Station, Santa Cruz – $4,000
To support a new performance showcase, The First Saturday Concert Series, for families and adults, featuring circus artist Jeff Raz, body percussionist Keith Terry, and the Cultural Heritage Choir.
Friends of SCRAP, San Francisco – $4,000
To support an art exhibition with the theme of reuse, featuring the work of about 100 local artists who use the center’s donated goods for art and educational purposes.
Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory – Tony Nguyen – $3,500
For post production of a documentary about the filmmaker’s Vietnamese-American mother and her life in Southern Indiana after being re-located following the fall of Saigon, and his efforts to reconcile with her.
Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the production of a new play by artistic director Torange Yeghiasarian about a musician and cultural leader who left Bagdad and established a lively cultural community in Cordova.
LEVYdance, San Francisco – $5,500
To support the creation of a new work, Soar, for the June home season at Z Space.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the production of a gospel-based Christmas show.
Menlowe Ballet, Menlow Park – $2,000
To support development and production of a new ensemble piece by artistic director Michael Lowe based upon a Mongolian folk tale.
Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a retrospective exhibition featuring local graphic design legend, Primo Angeli.
Objects of Desire: The Life and Art of Jerry Ross Barrish – Janis Plotkin & William Farley – $3,500
[SF Film Society] To support a 75-min. documentary about artist Jerry Ross Barrish, a former bail bondsman and political activist who has been commissioned by the City of San Francisco to create an original sculpture made from found objects.
Opera Parallele, San Francisco – $2,000
To support an American premiere of Tarik O’Reagan’s Heart of Darkness, co-produced by Z Space.
Penny – Elizabeth Sher – $2,500
[SF Film Society] To support a 30-min. film about the career of Alameda County trial attorney Penny Cooper, her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, and her art collection.
PlayGround, San Francisco – $3,500
To support the 18th annual Best of Playground Festival featuring original short plays by local playwrights.
Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the Resident Playwrights Initiative, which offers eight local playwrights access to career resources and artistic mentoring.
Pocket Opera, San Francisco – $4,000
To support six additional rehearsals in 2015 as guest conductors take the baton in preparation for founder Donald Pippen’s retirement.
Post:Ballet, San Francisco – $2,500
To support the home season, featuring three original works by artistic director Robert Dekkers, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in August.
Racing to Zero – Diana Fuller & Christopher Beaver – $2,500
[Filmmakers’ Collaborative] For post production of a documentary about the San Francisco Department of the Environment’s efforts to reach a “zero waste” goal through a comprehensive recycling program.
Rough Cuts – $3,500
[SF Film Society] To support the Fine Cuts program which provides expert editorial assistance to local filmmakers, and which sponsors public events four times a year.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival – $2,500
To support the Co-Laboratory Project where professional local choreographers, dancers, composers, and filmmakers collaborate in creating short films for the fall Festival.
San Francisco Cinematheque – $3,000
To support a series of 6 screenings in 2015 in the Bay Area Sound and Light series featuring local filmmakers and musicians.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music – $5,000
To support San Francisco Music Days, a free two-day, varied musical showcase at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Stagebridge, Oakland – $3,500
To support development and production of a new play by Joan Holden about the Free Speech Movement of the 1960’s, to be presented at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Swing Low – Javid Soriano – $4,000
[San Francisco Film Society]For post production of a documentary about a homeless opera singer, and his struggles to navigate his living arrangements, relationships, and substance abuse.
Teatro Vision de San Jose – $3,500
To support re-staging the classic Mexican film and play, MACARIO, popularly known as “a Christmas story for Mexicans.”
TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui – Kyung Lee – $5,000
[San Francisco Film Society] To support a 1-hour documentary about a local maverick architect who, through his innovative designs, is trying to “change the world.”
The Marsh, San Francisco – $3,500
To support a new solo show by Geoff Hoyle about King Lear’s jester, called The Fool.
TheatreFIRST, Berkeley – $1,500
To support production of a new play by local playwright Lauren Gunderson called Fire Work, to premiere at the Live Oak Theatre in August.
We Players, San Francisco – $3,000
To support Ondine at Sutro, a walk-through play at Land’s End and the old Sutro Baths, based on a 1939 play about a mythical beast falling in love with a human.
West Edge Opera, Berkeley – $3,500
To support the production of three contemporary operas in the Ed Roberts Campus Atrium during a summer opera festival.
2014 Grants TOTAL: $160,000