Special Arts Grants :: Recent Grants


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



Arts Loan Fund/Northern California Grantmakers, San Francisco – $15,000 – 3 yrs.
To support the activities of this collaborative grantmakers’ fund to help arts organizations experiencing cash flow difficulties.

Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley – $ 8,000
To support the GAP (Global Age Project) 2.0, providing finishing commissions, tailored residencies, and staged readings for two playwrights creating work about the 21st century and beyond.

Bandaloop, Oakland – $ 10,000
To support the #SF Public Canvas Project, featuring vertical dancing and video projections, at Oakland’s Great Wall and the Hastings School of Law in San Francisco.

Bayview Opera House, San Francisco – $ 20,000
To help purchase a new sound system.

Berkeley Playhouse/Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley – $15,000
To support theater improvements to improve sound quality and the experience of live productions for artists and audiences.

Butler Koshland Fellowships, San Francisco – $ 5,000
To support a fellowship with a next-generation public service leader and Brenda Way, co-founder of modern dance company ODC/SF.

California Symphony, Walnut Creek – $10,000
To support the 2015-16 Young Composer in Residence Program.

Circus Center, San Francisco – $15,000
To support initiation of a new monthly circus cabaret series and space improvements.

CounterPulse, San Francisco – $ 15,000
To support the expansion of the Artist Residency Commissioning Program and the augmentation of artists’ services during the first year in their new space.

Creativity Explored, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a new Guest Artist Residency and Workshop Program.

Dancers’ Group, San Francisco – $ 5,000
To support writers’ fees for the IN DANCE calendar and journal profiling regional dance.

Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco – $15,000
To help increase the capacity of the Artist Resources Program which includes nearly 130 Bay Area projects.

Opera Parallele, San Francisco – $15,000
To support the West Coast premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz.

Shotgun Players, Berkeley – $10,000
To support development and production of a new play by local emerging playwright   Marisela Travino Orta, part of a seasonal focus on female playwrights.

Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the ATLAS training program for directors and playwrights, specifically a staged reading series.

Yerba Buena Arts & Events Festival, San Francisco – $7,000
To support a new commission by jazz musician Marcus Shelby about the racism and inhumanity in our current prison system.

2015  Grants  TOTAL:  $175,000


CounterPULSE, San Francisco – $20,000
To support interim programming, planning, and interim relocation preparations for the organization’s new home at 80 Turk Street.

Dance Brigade, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a new dance festival called D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt(ing) Times).  Eight choreographers will be featured over two weekends in January, 2015, with work featuring themes of social justice.

Dancers’ Group, San Francisco – $5,000
To support IN DANCE, the monthly publication that promotes and covers the Bay Area’s diverse dance community.

Harvard University Initiative for Sustainable Arts, San Francisco – $15,000
[Hauser Center Institute for Civil Society, Cambridge MA] To support year two of the Sustain Arts Bay Area Project, which is consolidating many different forms of data into a single web platform for use by arts administrators, funders, producers, artists, and civic planners.

Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco – $17,000
To subsidize staff costs involved in increasing services to artists and ensembles through the Incubator Program.

Mexican Museum, San Francisco – $25,000
Second payment on a 2-year grant to support the Museum’s planning and fundraising for the move to a permanent space in the Yerba Buena Gardens District.

New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco – $15,000
To partially support the salary of the new Publicist/Outreach Coordinator/Artistic Associate position.

ODC Theater, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the Opportunity Fund which serves small dance companies by providing rental subsidies.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a new program called Sessions featuring commissions and residencies with four artists in the gallery.

Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco – $15,000
To support the launching of a Bay Area theatre awards program.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco – $3,000
To support creation of a new work by John Santos called The Art of the Descarga, which has roots in Cuban jazz from the 1940’s. 

Z Space Studio, San Francisco – $15,000
To support electrical upgrades to the main theatre which will benefit both artists and audiences.

2014 Grants TOTAL:    $160,000