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