Special Arts Grants :: Recent Grants


Axis Dance Company, Oakland – $15,000
To support the development and production of new works during the home season under new artistic directorship.

Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a pilot rental subsidy program for emerging artists at the Joe Goode Annex.

Oakland Ballet $5,000
To support the spring season including new works by Graham Lustig and 5 guest choreographers.

ODC Theater, San Francisco –  $15,000
To support a rental subsidy program for emerging artists.

Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley – $10,000
To support upgrades to the studio performance facility.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma – $10,000
To support an exhibition of work by Amalia Mesa-Bains.

SOMArts, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a visual arts exhibition about urban gentrification and displacement.

World Arts West, San Francisco – $15,000
To support artists’ fees for the 40th anniversary of the Ethnic Dance Festival.

TOTAL Spring 2018 GRANTS $85,000



Americans for the Arts/San Francisco Arts Commission    $10,000
[San Francisco Community Initiatives]
To support performances and site visits involving Bay Area artists during this national arts conference being held in San Francisco in 2017.

API Cultural Center/Oakland Asian Cultural Center$4,000
To support the Oakland Winter Live festival featuring emerging multi-disciplinary artists.

Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley – $12,000
To support the Originate + Generate new play initiative, which works closely with three to four artists a year to develop works related to current social and environmental issues that will be produced for the company’s home season.

Brava! for Women in the Arts, San Francisco –  $15,000
For development and production of a new play by Marisela Trevino Orta, Ghost Limb.

Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco – $8,000
To support curatorial expenses for the Xian Rui: 10 Years exhibition featuring visual artists who’ve helped to define contemporary practice within the Chinese Diaspora.

CounterPulse, San Francisco  –  $15,000
To support the CP Performances curated series in the new home space.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond – $20,000
To support artists’ fees for new commissioned works in honor of the Center’s 50th anniversary.

MACLA/Movimeinto de Arte Y Cultura Latino Americana), San Jose – $5,000 in 2017 and $5,000 in 2018
To support the We Can Be Heroes interactive theatre piece featuring five super-hero stories by local Queer/Latino writers working in the comic book genre.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a 40th anniversary retrospective show featuring numerous local artists.

PlayGround, San Francisco  –  $15,000
To support acquisition of audio-visual equipment for the Potrero Stage, to complete a renovation project.

Root Division, San Francisco – $15,000
To support the Second Saturday Exhibition Series with expanded programming during the gallery’s 15th anniversary year.

The Marsh, San Francisco – $20,000
To support a multi-artist project featuring new work about our uncertain lives in the U.S. due to changing political dynamics, led by long-term Marsh director David Ford.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco –  $6,000
To support a three-day, site specific dance festival curated by RAWdance.

Z Space, San Francisco – $15,000
To support the purchase of new LED lights in the main theater.

2017 Grants TOTAL $165,000



6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa – $10,000
To support upgrades to the Studio Theater which features contemporary productions and play readings.

Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center, Berkeley – $5,000
To support local artists’ fees for the Think Globally, Dance Locally series.

Axis Dance Company, Oakland – $15,000
To support The Garden Project at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in honor of the company’s 30th anniversary.

Berkeley Playhouse/Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley – $5,500
To support upgrades to the lighting system.

BRAVA! for Women in the Arts, San Francisco – $10,000
To support upgrades to the Brava Studio, a small performance, rehearsal, workshop, and classroom space.

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco $10,000
To support new customized cabinets and display cases in the lobby, and new installation hardware in the gallery space.

City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose$15,000
To support the commissioning of a new adaptation by local playwright/director Kit Wilder of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Dance Brigade, San Francisco – $10,000
To support development of a new work by artistic director Krissy Keefer commemorating her 40th anniversary as a trailblazing feminist choreographer and community builder.

Dancers’ Group, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the comprehensive dance journal and calendar, IN DANCE.

Magic Theatre, San Francisco – $10,000
In general support in honor of longtime company supporter, Delia Fleishhacker Ehrlich.

New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco – $13,000
To support completion of a lobby and theater renovation project.

ODC Theater, San Francisco – $15,000
To support an artists’ subsidy fund to enable access to self-producing in the theater.

Richmond Art Center$20,000
To support new technical needs for the Technically Art: Marking Space and Mapping the Uncharted exhibition.

Shotgun Players, Berkeley – $5,000
To support the Bay Area premiere of local playwright Christopher Chen’s CAUGHT.

Sustain Arts Bay Area $15,000
[Dancers’ Group]
To support a full year of this comprehensive arts data base’s implementation for use by regional funders, arts organizations, artists, and policy-makers.

Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the Triple Play project to create audience development strategies for new work

2016 Grants  TOTAL:  $173,500