Special Arts Grants :: Recent Grants
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
2018 Grants $5000
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