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2019 Spring Grants

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

To support a fim 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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

2019 Spring Grants TOTAL:  $80,000

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

2017 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