Special Arts Grants :: Recent Grants

2020 GRANTS

AXIS Dance Company, Oakland – $10,000
For Home Sweet Home, AXIS Dance Company’s 2020 Home Season or general support.

Brava! for Women in the Arts, San Francisco – $10,000
For the Rental Space Subsidy Program for Women, People of Color, and LGBTQIA Artists or general support.

Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco – $10,000
For the Women: From Her to Here project or general support.

Oakland Ballet Company, Oakland – $10,000
For Luna Mexicana: Los Valses Fantasmas or general support.

ODC Theater, San Francisco – $10,000
For The Opportunity Fund or general support.

Root Division, San Francisco – $10,000
For TRUEQUE Exchange & Connect: 10 Years of Latinx Partnership and Beyond or general support.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco – $10,000
For the 2020 Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest or general support.

In response to the impact of the COVID-19-related closures, general operating grants of $10,000 were also awarded to the following 10 arts organizations:

Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley – $10,000
For general support.

Bayview Opera House, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

CounterPulse, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito – $10,000
For general support.

Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

The Marsh, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

Z Space, San Francisco – $10,000
For general support.

2020 Special Arts Grants TOTAL: $170,000

2019 GRANTS

Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley – $10,000
To support the new works development program called Originate + Generate, featuring a full production of a new Christopher Chen play and readings of a new work by Beth Wilmut directed by Margo Hall.

Bandaloop, Oakland – $15,000
To support studio upgrades to the company’s Oakland space.

CAST/Community Arts Stabilization Trust, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the Keeping Space Oakland 2.0 technical assistance project involving financial technical assistance around real estate planning.

Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco – $15,000
To support the 10th anniversary of a biennial group show featuring Hung Liu and Tina Takemoto.

Circus Center, San Francisco – $15,000
To support an original production titled The Supers by Sara Moore.

Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City – $5,000
To support development of an original production based on the life of local priest Joseph Bradley, based on his memoir, The Four Gifts.

Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a space subsidy program for community arts groups in the Joe Goode Annex.

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley – 8,000
To support an exhibition of painter Louise Stanley’s work.

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco – $15,000
To subsidize facility rental during a time of planning.

New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco – $10,000
To support conversion of the sound system from analogue to digital.

ODC Theater, San Francisco – 10,000
To support a subsidized theater rental program for small performing ensembles.

Shotgun Players, Berkeley – $10,000
To support production of a new play about gentrification in Bernal Heights with partners Campo Santos and the African American Arts and Culture Complex.

The Marsh, San Francisco – $15,000
To support development of five new solo pieces for a new performance festival.

World Arts West, San Francisco – $10,000
To support the 42nd Annual Ethnic Dance Festival in the new Presidio Theater.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco – $10,000
To support Choreofest 2019, an outdoor dance festival.

Z Space, San Francisco – $10,000
To support a space use subsidy program for local arts groups.

2019 Grants TOTAL: $178,000

2018 GRANTS

Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley – $15,000
To support the new works program, Originate + Generate, during the company’s last year under the direction of Tom Ross.

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

Bayview Opera House, San Francisco – $15,000
To support development of a dance and multi-media piece, Codelining, in collaboration with PUSH Dance Company and the art collective, We Inventing the Real.

Brava! for Women in the Arts, San Francisco – $15,000
To support development and production of a play by Andrew Saito called El Rio, in collaboration with Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience.

Community Arts Stabilization Trust/CAST, San Francisco – $20,000
To support staff costs during the next year as new arts space development projects are being planned.

CounterPulse, San Francisco – $15,000
To support a new CounterPulse Festival of contemporary performing arts featuring dance, performance video, and special events.

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.

San Francisco Arts Education Project$15,000
To support special artistic activities during the organization’s 50th anniversary year.

San Jose Stage Company $5,000
To support production of a new play by Luis Valdez, Adios Mama Carlotta, about the French occupation of Mexico in the late 1800’s.

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.

2018 Grants TOTAL:  $185,000

2017 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