Small Arts Grants :: Recent Grants

2020 Grants

ABD Productions (Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers), San Francisco – $1,000
To support the 9th annual Skywatchers Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Alternative Theater Ensemble (AlterTheater), San Rafael – $2,000
To produce Pure Native, a new play by Native playwright Vickie Ramirez, or the organization’s general operations.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $2,750
To support SKETCH 10/WRECKED, a showcase of new works of contemporary ballet, or the organization’s general operations.

Circus Bella, San Francisco – $2,000
For the 2020 Circus in the Parks performances or the organization’s general operations.

Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco – $1,500
To support the premiere of Utopia, a new play by Charles L. Mee, or the organization’s general operations.

Dancing Cy(i)phers, Oakland – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dimensions Dance Theater] To support a 3-day symposium on African diasporic dance or Dancing Cy(i)phers’ general operations.

Dance Film SF, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the Richmond, CA project, or Dance Film SF’s general operations.

Dohee Lee Puri Arts, San Francisco – $3,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group] To support MU/巫: 9 Goddesses, a new Korean ritual theater piece, or Dohee Lee Puri Arts’ general operations.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $1,000
To support two, free, site-specific dance performances with live music at Salesforce Park in San Francisco or the organization’s general operations.

Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts] To support the creation and premiere production of The Truer History of the Chan Family, a new vaudeville or Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects’ general operations.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $3,500
For a site-specific dance work in the Tenderloin examining the effects of the prison system or the organization’s general operations.

International Indian Treaty Council, San Francisco – $6,850
To support three Indigenous People’s Day events or the organization’s general operations.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $1,375
To support the 21st APAture festival, a showcase for Bay Area Asian Pacific American artists or the organization’s general operations.

Kiandanda Dance Theater, Oakland – $1,375
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group] To support the 2020 Mbongui Square Festival or Kiandanda Dance Theatre’s general operations.

Landmark Musical Theater, San Francisco – $1,000
For the Bay Area premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, See What I Wanna See or the organization’s general operations.

Lenora Lee Dance, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center] To support And The Community Will Rise or Lenora Lee Dance’s general operations.

The LitQuake Foundation, San Francisco – $4,400
To support Lit Crawl 2020 or the organization’s general operations.

Mirabel Pictures (DBA WeOwnTV), San Francisco – $6,250
To support the multi-platform documentary art project, Heaven Through the Backdoor or the organization’s general operations.

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, San Francisco – $2,750
To support MĀHŪ, a dance and music program showcasing Hawaiian māhū (transgender) artists and performers or the organization’s general operations.

Paid to Forget – Amy X. Neuburg, San Francisco – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of InterMusic SF] To support Paid to Forget, a new 90-minute opera, or Amy X. Neuburg’s other artistic work.

PlayGround, San Francisco – $4,500
To support the 24th Annual PlayGround Festival of New Works or the organization’s general operations.

Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco – $3,000To support the 43rd Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, San Francisco – $1,000
For general operations.

Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts] To support performances in the Building Community Resilience Through the Arts program series or Red Poppy Art House’s general operations.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $5,000
To support an outdoor public art event or the organization’s general operations.

San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco – $2,000
For an original summer play or the organization’s general operations.

SCRAP, San Francisco – $1,500
To support a mural project with Precita Eyes muralists or the organization’s general operations.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the 25th SF Silent Film Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Songs of Freedom, Sounds of Change – Faye Carol, Berkeley – $1,250
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts] To support a performance by vocalist Faye Carol of music exploring themes of social justice at Freight and Salvage or Faye Carol’s other performance work.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $3,500
To support an exhibition examining community, migration, identity, and social justice or the organization’s general operations.

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $2,000
For the 8th annual Dia de los Muertos production or the organization’s general operations.

Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me – Abby Ginzberg, Berkeley – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Kovno Communications] To support a new documentary about Representative Barbara Lee.

What Will You Be When I Grow Up? – Geoff Hoyle and David Ford, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of The Marsh] For Geoff Hoyle’s new solo piece, What Will You Be When I Grow Up? or his other performance work.

In response to the impact of the COVID-19-related closures, general operating grants of $5,000 were also awarded to the following 18 organizations:

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

CubaCaribe, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Dance Film SF, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Dimensions Dance Theater, Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Opera Cultura, San Jose – $5,000
For general support.

PlayGround, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Pro Arts Inc., Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $5,000
For general support.

San Francisco Film Society, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $5,000
For general support.

2020 Small Arts Grants TOTAL: $172,500

2019 Grants

3Girls Theatre Company, San Francisco – $4,000
To support development and showings of a piece about how Oakland has become a pipeline for international sex trafficking.

21st Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Fest, San Francisco – $5,000
[Dancers’ Group] To support the annual hip hop festival at the Palace of Fine Arts featuring 15 ensembles.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 – Jon Osaki – $2,000
[Community Youth Center of San Francisco]

To support a film about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $3,000
To support Sketch 9/Perspective, a ballet showcase of new work.

Berkeley Art Center$1,000
To support a 3-artist project about black female bodies.

Blessed Unrest, San Francisco – $2,000
[Dance Brigade]

To support a 3-day festival featuring dance and nonprofit social action organizations.

Book and Wheel Works, San Francisco – $6,000
[Intersection for the Arts]

To equip and run a portable cultural venue called Chispa.

Central Works, Berkeley – $1,000
To support a new play by Christina Garcia, Matadora.

Charlie Varon & Brian Copeland, San Francisco – $3,000
[The Marsh]

To support the ongoing development of a collaborative show, The Great American Sh*t Show.

Christy Funch Dance Experience, San Francisco – $2,000
[Dancers’ Group] To support a 12- hour dance experience at ODC Theater, the EPOCH project.

Crowded Fire, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a new play by Christina Anderson, INKED BABY.

Cuba Caribe, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the 16th Annual Cuba Caribe Festival of Music and Dance at multiple venues.

Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a new commissioning initiative’s first project, Iceberg: A New ‘Miss Julie’ for a New World, by Megan Cohen.

Dimensions Dance Theater, Oakland – $3,000
To support a performance residency about ceremonial dances from Liberia’s Grand Cape Mount Country.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a multi-media project about building walls, family roots, and matriarchal strength.

Festival of Latin American Choreographers, San Francisco – $4,000
[Dancers’ Group] To support the 6th Festival at Dance Mission Theater featuring queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers.

Fresh Meat Productions, San Francisco – $4,000
To support commissions of new works by artists of color.

Fua Dia Congo, Oakland- $6,000
[Dimensions Dance Theater]
To support the annual 3-day multi-media arts celebration, MalongaFest.

Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a new production of At the Periphery by Turkish playwright Sedef Ecet.

JEWELLE – Madeline Lim – $5,000
[Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project] To support a documentary about local artist and arts activist Jewelle Gomez. 

John Santos Sextet, Oakland – $5,000
[Eastside Arts Alliance] To support a concert about the roots of Cuban dance music known as Timba.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the APAture exhibition featuring emerging artists.

Land of Gold – Jon Else – $5,000
[After Image Public Media]

To support a film about John Adams’ opera production with the San Francisco Opera.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco – $1,000
To support the premiere of a new opera, Artemesia.

Lenora Lee Dance, San Francisco – $5,000
[Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center]

To support a production about incarcerated citizens at Angel Island Public Health.

Leo, Harold and Paul – William Farley – $2,000
[Filmmakers Collaborative] To support a documentary about three former infantrymen in WWII, and their experiences of the realities of war.

Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a new exhibition by Dewey Crumpler about global capitalization.

 Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $4,000
To support the 2019-20 season of presenting classical music in contemporary venues with other forms of world music.

Music at Kohn Mansion, Burlingame – $3,000
To support a workshop performance of a new work by Jake Hegge and Gene Scheer, part of the Violins of Hope Bay Area project featuring string instruments played by inmates of Nazi concentration camps.

My Life Was the Size of My Life – Deborah Slater – $2,000
[Art of the Matter] To support a short dance film based on the Jane Hirschfield poem, to be premiere at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Objector – Molly Stuart – $6,500
[Fractured Atlas] To support a documentary about a female Israeli conscientious objector and the transformation of her politically diverse family. 

Opera Cultura, San Jose – $5,000
To support a new opera about the life of Frida Kahlo.

Planet DoReMi, San Francisco – Stephanie Weissman – $5,000
[The Marsh] To support final production of a work about fighting cancer.

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland – $3,000
To support 2019 programming of site-specific work by East Bay artists.

Recoding Crip Tech, San Francisco – $4,000
[SOMArts Cultural Center] To support a project exploring how disabled artists are using technology to challenge conventional notions of what a body can do.

SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the creation of new works by Queer Trans Artists of Color/QTPOC.

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival$4,000
To support the annual DocuFest.

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts$4,000
To support a photographic portraiture exhibition featuring Jim Goldberg, Stephanie Syjuco, Lewis Watt, and Larry Sultan.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $6,000
For live musical accompaniment for the annual festival.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $5,000
To support an exhibition about social activism called Love, Answang.

Teatro Vision, San Jose – $3,000
To support the annual Dias de los Meurtos production at the Mexican Heritage Center.

The Lobster Theater Project, San Francisco – $3,500
To support a sketch comedy evening focused on the experience of being an immigrant in America.

The Living Earth Show, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a new evening-length, multidisciplinary work based on the original Eurydice story.

Ubuntu Theater Project, Oakland – $1,000
To support production of a play about Ferguson, Missouri and the Michael Brown Jr. shooting.

Uptown Tenderloin, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a new musical work for the organization’s 5th anniversary by Sarah Wilson with partners Skywatchers, Larkin Street Youth, and Glide Memorial Church.

Vanishing Chinatown: The World of May’s Photo Studio, San Francisco – Lydia Tanji & Emiko Omori –$4,000
[Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center] To support completion of a film about a historical portrait studio in Chinatown. 

Voices of Silicon Valley, San Jose – $1,000
[Fractured Atlas] To support a production of Luciano Berio’s Cries of London at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco – $6,000
To support development and production of a new piece about hate crimes in places of worship titled a state of grace, to premiere at Grace Cathedral.

2019 Grants TOTAL: $177,000

2018 Grants

543 Painter/The Making of a Painting – Joseph de Francesco –$4,000
[William James Association] For post production of a film about painter Joseph Marioni.

A Growing Thing – Sarah Gross $5,000
[San Francisco Film Society]

To support post production of a documentary about aa small women’s entrepreneurial project in South Africa.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco $1,000
To support the SKETCH 8 summer dance festival.

Art of the Matter/Deborah Slater Dance Company, San Francisco $3,000
To support development and performance of a new work about the sudden fall of civil discourse.

Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco $4,000
To support presentation of a play by Andrea Almario about undocumented immigrants.

Cuba Caribe, San Francisco $3,000
To support the 14th festival of dance and music with roots in the Caribbean.

Dan Hoyle, San Francisco $7,000
[The Marsh] To support development of a new work about the significance and meaning of borders in our current geo-political landscape.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $3,500
To support a site-specific work in the Tenderloin focusing on different iterations of socio-political issues there during the past century.

Fresh Festival, San Francisco – $4,000
[Dancers’ Group]

To support a 3-week festival in San Francisco and Oakland designed to foster cross-collaboration in contemporary dance.

Fua Dia Congo, Oakland – $5,000
[Dimensions Dance Theater] To support the MalongaFest celebration of dances from African roots.

Garrett Moulton Productions, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a new evening-length work by the co-artistic directors.

Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a new work about army service and young immigrants.

Ice Hours – Kim Miskowicz -$5,000
[SF Cinematheque]

To support a project about the Antarctic in a multi-disciplinary performance at the Exploratorium and for its future webcast programming.

International Indian Treaty Council, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a dance production as part of Indigenous People’s Day.

Into the Neural Forest – Jodi Lomask, Capacitator – $9,000
[Dance Film SF]

To support a project of the Dance Film SF program, Co-Lab, creating a 3-D participatory piece.

Jess Curtis/Gravity, San Francisco – $7,000
To support a new experimental work about physical diversity in performance, particularly the visually impaired.

John Santos Quintet, Oakland – $7,000
[Eastside Arts Alliance]

To support the Afro-Latinacion: Rhythm and Word performances.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $6,000
To support the APAture Festival featuring a multi-disciplinary arts festival of work by emerging Asian American artists. 

Melody of China, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a concert combining Chinese music and Haitian drumming.

Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco – $5,000
To support conservation costs associated with a 40th anniversary exhibition.

Once Was Water – Christopher Beaver & Diana Fuller – $7,000
[Green Planet Films]

To support post production of a film about how Las Vegas is emerging as a leader in water conservation.

Opera Cultura, San Leandro – $4,000
To support the La Llorma/The Weeping Woman opera.

Pinata Dance Collective, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreography.

PlayGround, San Frnacisco  $1,000
To support the 25th anniversary of the PlayGround Festival featuring new playwrights.

Precita Eyes Muralists, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the creation of a new mural in the organization’s first site on Precita Street. 

Pro Arts, Oakland – $6,000
To support the 2018 programs an exhibitions featuring East Bay visual artists.

RAWdance, San Francisco – $1,000
To support its home season at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

SAFEHouse for the Performing Arts, San Francisco – $5,000
To support presentation of a summer dance festival. 

San Francisco Camerawork$5,000
To support a new show featuring Jennifer Brandon.

San Jose Taiko – $4,500
To support creation of a new work for the 45th anniversary.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $3,000
To support live musical accompaniment to the annual Festival.

Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, San Jose- $2,000
To support the 35th anniversary Pride! concert.

Sonido Clash Music Festival, San Jose – $2,000
[School of Arts and Culture] To support an alternative music and arts festival at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. 

Teatro Vision de San Jose – $3,625
To support creation and production ofa new Dia de los Muertos production.

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company, San Francisco – $3,000
To support Googol and One, a take-off on One Thousand and One Nights. 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits Theatre Collective – $2,750
San Francisco [Z Space] For development and production of a new play by Anne Galjour about Ghandi’s experiments in bramacharya (celibacy).

TheatreFIRST, Berkeley – $7,000
To support an experimental piece, PASSAGES, about the souls of African American women who were lost during their enslavement.

Ubuntu Theater Project, Oakland – $6,000
To support a new site-specific piece about homelessness.

Voices of Silicon Valley, San Jose – $6,000
[Fractured Atlas]

To support a new choral work in collaboration with Pamela Z.

Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a project about and intertwined with Bayview Hunters Point.

2018 Grants TOTAL $182,375