Small Arts Grants :: Recent Grants

2021 Grants

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 closures on Bay Area arts organizations, the following Small Art Grants were awarded for general operating support in spring 2021:

3Girls Theatre Company, San Francisco – $4,000
For general support.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $2,500
For general support.

ARTogether, Oakland – $2,000
For general support.

Cartoon Art Museum of California, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Crescent Moon Theater Productions, Novato – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dance Brigade]
For general support.

CubaCaribe, San Francisco – $3,500
For general support.

Custom Made Theatre Co, San Francisco – $2,000
For general support.

Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco – $2,000
For general support.

Dan Hoyle / Journalistic Theater, Oakland – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of The Marsh]
For general support.

Del Sol Performing Arts Organization, San Francisco – $4,000
For general support.

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Berkeley – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts]
For general support.

Eye Zen Presents, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of CounterPulse]
For general support.

Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Oakland – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
For general support.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $4,000
For general support.

Hope Mohr Dance, San Francisco – $2,000
For general support.

Macro Waves, Emeryville – $3,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts]
For general support.

Oakland Theater Project, Oakland – $2,000
For general support.

PlayGround, San Francisco – $2,500
For general support.

Pocket Opera, San Francisco -– $2,000
For general support.

Robert Moses’ Kin, San Francisco – $2,500
For general support.

San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco – $3,000
For general support.

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Meat Productions]
For general support.

Sangam Arts, Saratoga – $4,000
For general support.

SCRAP, San Francisco – $2,000
For general support.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $4,000
For general support.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $2,000
For general support.                         

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $2,000
For general support.

The Lab, San Francisco – $4,000
For general support.

The Litquake Foundation, San Francisco – $3,000
For general support.

Urban Jazz Dance Company, San Francisco – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts]
For general support.

Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco – $2,500
For general support.

ZiRu Dance, Redwood City – $2,000
For general support.

In addition, the following grants were awarded in spring 2021 for post-production support for films directed by Bay Area filmmakers:

Connection  Sarah Gross, San Francisco – $2,500
[A fiscally sponsored project of Women Make Movies]
For a four-part documentary mini-series following the lives of fifteen individuals during the events of 2020.

Finding the Virgo  Barre Fong, San Francisco – $3,500
[A fiscally sponsored project of Chinese Historical Society of America]
For a documentary about Vietnamese boat refugee’s search for the crew of a US cargo ship that rescued her and her family at sea.

Keeper of the Fire  David L. Brown, Brisbane – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of International Documentary Association]
For a half-hour documentary profiling the life and work of San Francisco poet and activist Alejandro Murguia.

Prognosis – Notes on LivingCitizen Film, San Francisco – $4,000
For the final feature-length film by Oscar-winning director, Debra Chasnoff, documenting her terminal illness from stage-4 breast cancer.

The Lodge – Pam Walton, Santa Rosa – $3,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of International Documentary Association]
For a feature-length documentary about the nation’s first continuing care retirement community for LGBTQ+ seniors.

Undocumented Justice  Marlene Morris, Berkeley – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of The Film Collaborative]
For a 50-minute documentary about undocumented attorney Luis Cortes Romero, as he represents 800,000 DACA recipients in a case before the US Supreme Court.

Waging Change (Pandemic Segment) – Abby Ginzberg, Berkeley – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Kovno Communications]
To support a new pandemic segment of Waging Change, a documentary that investigates challenges faced by restaurant workers forced to live off tips.

Spring 2021 Small Arts Grants TOTAL: $116,500

2020 Grants

ABD Productions (Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers), San Francisco – $1,000
To support the 9th annual Skywatchers Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Alternative Theater Ensemble (AlterTheater), San Rafael – $2,000
To produce Pure Native, a new play by Native playwright Vickie Ramirez, or the organization’s general operations.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $2,750
To support SKETCH 10/WRECKED, a showcase of new works of contemporary ballet, or the organization’s general operations.

Circus Bella, San Francisco – $2,000
For the 2020 Circus in the Parks performances or the organization’s general operations.

Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco – $1,500
To support the premiere of Utopia, a new play by Charles L. Mee, or the organization’s general operations.

Dancing Cy(i)phers, Oakland – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dimensions Dance Theater]
To support a 3-day symposium on African diasporic dance or Dancing Cy(i)phers’ general operations.

Dance Film SF, San Francisco – $3,000
To support the Richmond, CA project, or Dance Film SF’s general operations.

Dohee Lee Puri Arts, San Francisco – $3,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
To support MU/: 9 Goddesses, a new Korean ritual theater piece, or Dohee Lee Puri Arts’ general operations.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $1,000
To support two, free, site-specific dance performances with live music at Salesforce Park in San Francisco or the organization’s general operations.

Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts]
To support the creation and premiere production of The Truer History of the Chan Familya new vaudeville or Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects’ general operations.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $3,500
For a site-specific dance work in the Tenderloin examining the effects of the prison system or the organization’s general operations.

International Indian Treaty Council, San Francisco – $6,850
To support three Indigenous People’s Day events or the organization’s general operations.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $1,375
To support the 21st APAture festival, a showcase for Bay Area Asian Pacific American artists or the organization’s general operations.

Kiandanda Dance Theater, Oakland – $1,375
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
To support the 2020 Mbongui Square Festival or Kiandanda Dance Theatre’s general operations.

Landmark Musical Theater, San Francisco – $1,000
For the Bay Area premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, See What I Wanna See or the organization’s general operations.

Lenora Lee Dance, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center]
To support And The Community Will Rise or Lenora Lee Dance’s general operations.

The LitQuake Foundation, San Francisco – $4,400
To support Lit Crawl 2020 or the organization’s general operations.

Mirabel Pictures (DBA WeOwnTV), San Francisco – $6,250
To support the multi-platform documentary art project, Heaven Through the Backdoor or the organization’s general operations.

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, San Francisco – $2,750
To support MĀHŪ, a dance and music program showcasing Hawaiian māhū (transgender) artists and performers or the organization’s general operations.

Paid to Forget – Amy X. Neuburg, San Francisco – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of InterMusic SF]
To support Paid to Forget, a new 90-minute opera, or Amy X. Neuburg’s other artistic work.

PlayGround, San Francisco – $4,500
To support the 24th Annual PlayGround Festival of New Works or the organization’s general operations.

Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco – $3,000To support the 43rd Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, San Francisco – $1,000
For general operations.

Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts]
To support performances in the Building Community Resilience Through the Arts program series or Red Poppy Art House’s general operations.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $5,000
To support an outdoor public art event or the organization’s general operations.

San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco – $2,000
For an original summer play or the organization’s general operations.

SCRAP, San Francisco – $1,500
To support a mural project with Precita Eyes muralists or the organization’s general operations.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the 25th SF Silent Film Festival or the organization’s general operations.

Songs of Freedom, Sounds of Change – Faye Carol, Berkeley – $1,250
[
A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts]
To support a performance by vocalist Faye Carol of music exploring themes of social justice at Freight and Salvage or Faye Carol’s other performance work.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $3,500
To support an exhibition examining community, migration, identity, and social justice or the organization’s general operations.

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $2,000
For the 8th annual Dia de los Muertos production or the organization’s general operations.

Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me – Abby Ginzberg, Berkeley – $4,000
[
A fiscally sponsored project of Kovno Communications]
To support a new documentary about Representative Barbara Lee.

What Will You Be When I Grow Up? – Geoff Hoyle and David Ford, San Francisco – $2,000
[
A fiscally sponsored project of The Marsh]
For Geoff Hoyle’s new solo piece, What Will You Be When I Grow Up? or his other performance work.

In response to the impact of the COVID-19-related closures, general operating grants of $5,000 were also awarded to the following 18 organizations:

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

CubaCaribe, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Dance Film SF, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Dimensions Dance Theater, Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Flyaway Productions, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Opera Cultura, San Jose – $5,000
For general support.

PlayGround, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Pro Arts Inc., Oakland – $5,000
For general support.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda – $5,000
For general support.

San Francisco Film Society, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $5,000
For general support.

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $5,000
For general support.

2020 Small Arts Grants TOTAL: $172,500

2019 Grants

3Girls Theatre Company, San Francisco – $4,000
To support development and showings of a piece about how Oakland has become a pipeline for international sex trafficking.

21st Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Fest, San Francisco – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
To support the annual hip hop festival at the Palace of Fine Arts featuring 15 ensembles.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 – Jon Osaki – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Community Youth Center of San Francisco]
To support a film about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, San Francisco – $3,000
To support Sketch 9/Perspective, a ballet showcase of new work.

Berkeley Art Center$1,000
To support a 3-artist project about black female bodies.

Blessed Unrest, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dance Brigade]
To support a 3-day festival featuring dance and nonprofit social action organizations.

Book and Wheel Works, San Francisco – $6,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts
To equip and run a portable cultural venue called Chispa.

Central Works, Berkeley – $1,000
To support a new play by Christina Garcia, Matadora.

Charlie Varon & Brian Copeland, San Francisco – $3,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of The Marsh]
To support the ongoing development of a collaborative show, The Great American Sh*t Show.

Christy Funch Dance Experience, San Francisco – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
To support a 12- hour dance experience at ODC Theater, the EPOCH project.

Crowded Fire, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a new play by Christina Anderson, INKED BABY.

Cuba Caribe, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the 16th Annual Cuba Caribe Festival of Music and Dance at multiple venues.

Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco – $2,000
To support a new commissioning initiative’s first project, Iceberg: A New ‘Miss Julie’ for a New World, by Megan Cohen.

Dimensions Dance Theater, Oakland – $3,000
To support a performance residency about ceremonial dances from Liberia’s Grand Cape Mount Country.

Epiphany Dance Theater, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a multi-media project about building walls, family roots, and matriarchal strength.

Festival of Latin American Choreographers, San Francisco – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group]
To support the 6th Festival at Dance Mission Theater featuring queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers.

Fresh Meat Productions, San Francisco – $4,000
To support commissions of new works by artists of color.

Fua Dia Congo, Oakland- $6,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Dimensions Dance Theater]
To support the annual 3-day multi-media arts celebration, MalongaFest.

Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a new production of At the Periphery by Turkish playwright Sedef Ecet.

JEWELLE – Madeline Lim – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project]
To support a documentary about local artist and arts activist Jewelle Gomez. 

John Santos Sextet, Oakland – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Eastside Arts Alliance]
To support a concert about the roots of Cuban dance music known as Timba.

Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco – $5,000
To support the APAture exhibition featuring emerging artists.

Land of Gold – Jon Else – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of After Image Public Media]
To support a film about John Adams’ opera production with the San Francisco Opera.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco – $1,000
To support the premiere of a new opera, Artemesia.

Lenora Lee Dance, San Francisco – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center] To support a production about incarcerated citizens at Angel Island Public Health.

Leo, Harold and Paul – William Farley – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Filmmakers Collaborative]
To support a documentary about three former infantrymen in WWII, and their experiences of the realities of war.

Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco – $5,000
To support a new exhibition by Dewey Crumpler about global capitalization.

Mercury Soul, San Francisco – $4,000
To support the 2019-20 season of presenting classical music in contemporary venues with other forms of world music.

Music at Kohn Mansion, Burlingame – $3,000
To support a workshop performance of a new work by Jake Hegge and Gene Scheer, part of the Violins of Hope Bay Area project featuring string instruments played by inmates of Nazi concentration camps.

My Life Was the Size of My Life – Deborah Slater – $2,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Art of the Matter]
To support a short dance film based on the Jane Hirschfield poem, to be premiere at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Objector – Molly Stuart – $6,500
[A fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas]
To support a documentary about a female Israeli conscientious objector and the transformation of her politically diverse family. 

Opera Cultura, San Jose – $5,000
To support a new opera about the life of Frida Kahlo.

Planet DoReMi, San Francisco – Stephanie Weissman – $5,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of The Marsh]
To support final production of a work about fighting cancer.

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland – $3,000
To support 2019 programming of site-specific work by East Bay artists.

Recoding Crip Tech, San Francisco – $4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts]
To support a project exploring how disabled artists are using technology to challenge conventional notions of what a body can do.

SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, San Francisco – $2,000
To support the creation of new works by Queer Trans Artists of Color/QTPOC.

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival$4,000
To support the annual DocuFest.

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts$4,000
To support a photographic portraiture exhibition featuring Jim Goldberg, Stephanie Syjuco, Lewis Watt, and Larry Sultan.

Silent Film Festival, San Francisco – $6,000
For live musical accompaniment for the annual festival.

Southern Exposure, San Francisco – $5,000
To support an exhibition about social activism called Love, Answang.

Teatro Visión, San Jose – $3,000
To support the annual Dias de los Meurtos production at the Mexican Heritage Center.

The Lobster Theater Project, San Francisco – $3,500
To support a sketch comedy evening focused on the experience of being an immigrant in America.

The Living Earth Show, San Francisco – $3,000
To support a new evening-length, multidisciplinary work based on the original Eurydice story.

Ubuntu Theater Project, Oakland – $1,000
To support production of a play about Ferguson, Missouri and the Michael Brown Jr. shooting.

Uptown Tenderloin, San Francisco – $4,000
To support a new musical work for the organization’s 5th anniversary by Sarah Wilson with partners Skywatchers, Larkin Street Youth, and Glide Memorial Church.

Vanishing Chinatown: The World of May’s Photo Studio, San Francisco – Lydia Tanji & Emiko Omori –$4,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center]
To support completion of a film about a historical portrait studio in Chinatown. 

Voices of Silicon Valley, San Jose – $1,000
[A fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas]
To support a production of Luciano Berio’s Cries of London at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco – $6,000
To support development and production of a new piece about hate crimes in places of worship titled a state of grace, to premiere at Grace Cathedral.

2019 Grants TOTAL: $177,000