2017 Grantees

In FY 2017 $6,522,653 was awarded to 177 arts nonprofits and individual artists. Congratulations to our 2017 grantees!

Full List of Grant Categories

Dancers in various formations on the street

Alleluia Panis's Incarcerated. Photo: Willfred Galila

Artists and Communities in Partnership

Acción Latina  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Acción Latina's implementation of “Mujeres y Chicas Poderosas,” a multimedia and oral history project designed to teach girls and young women enrolled in Mission Girls how to document the stories of immigrant women operating businesses within San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District.  Video profiles of the Latina entrepreneurs will be posted on the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District website as a way of preserving these important stories and giving new business owners and residents a greater understanding of the neighborhood’s rich history and culture.
Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers (ABD Productions)  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support ABD Productions in advancing the vision of their Skywatchers program as a resident-centered and change-making initiative. Skywatchers is a long-term program that engages residents of the Tenderloin as co-creators, performers, and audience members in performances that reflect the richness and complexity of their lives. In this phase of work, ABD will continue to support community voices by training a cohort of residents to take on leadership roles within the project as co-facilitators of weekly meetings and cross-site programs such as the Women’s Ensemble. 
Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support A PLACE OF HER OWN, an arts-based healing workshop series/exhibition that provides modalities for women (including non-artists) to unravel negative beliefs, transform family patterns, and discover aspirations. Intuition and confidence grow as women create art in answer to, “If you had a place of your own, what would it be? Focused on Asian American women and women of color, PLACE will include female staff and mothers from Boys and Girls Club of SF (BGCSF) to participate as “train the trainer” partners while addressing their own healing and transformation. 
Asian Improv aRts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Asian Improv aRts to collaborate with the Chinatown Community Development in realizing the "CTA Project" designed to engage tenant activists in San Francisco Chinatown. The project will bring together the artistic team of musician Francis Wong and dancer Lenora Lee with senior citizen members of the Community Tenants Association in its 30th anniversary to gather and express stories of the struggle to improve the lives of low income residents of Chinatown through oral history, sound, and movement. 
Bindlestiff Studio  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Bindlestiff Studio's Restorative Theater Arts for Seniors (ReTAS) Program in partnership with the Bayanihan Community Center. The Arts can have remarkable beneficial effects on the health and well-being of seniors. However, low-income minority seniors often have limited access to such programs. Our program is designed to engage the underserved Filipino senior community and enhance their physical and cognitive health through specific theater exercises and activities, culminating in a free public performance at Bindlestiff.
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a teen-designed program at the Boys & Girls Club's Mission based Clubhouse that speaks to our members' stated need to feel safe in their neighborhood while also empowering them to speak out against the violence they face each day. Teens will learn how to protect themselves with self-defense techniques, taught by Destiny Arts instructors; and work with writers from Youth Speaks to develop a creative outlet to share their voice with the community, encouraging their peers and the greater community to overcome this violence and 'take back the Mission."
Brava Theater Center/Brava! For Women in the Arts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 6th Annual Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances, an outdoor dance festival touring the Mission’s 24th Street murals with site-specific dance performances in Mexican Folkloric, Modern, Hip-Hop, Brazilian Comparsa, and other styles. The project, which takes place May 2018 in the 24th Street corridor and throughout alleyways in the Mission, will be implemented with our community partner, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, and many arts collaborators. Baile en la Calle will engage 40 San Francisco youth of color in live performance and event production. 
CounterPulse  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support weekly community-building art experiences engaging residents at two Tenderloin single room occupancy hotels. In partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation CounterPulse will facilitate multi-disciplinary art workshops for the tenant communities at the Dalt and Ambassador Hotels culminating in a showcase event honoring and celebrating participating residents' creative contributions. The workshops are part of CounterPulse's greater endeavor to build community through art making in the neighborhood.
Dance Brigade  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the production of a pilot Mission Youth Arts Festival that highlights the work of the diverse youth arts programs in the Mission through a series of workshops followed by an afternoon of free public performances along Calle 24 and ending at La Raza Park. The Festival connects the youth involved for shared learning, draws attention to the art organizations and families that are still based in the Mission and fighting to hold their ground through the blight of gentrification, and gives voice to the young people in the Mission, empowering them through creative arts.  
Fresh Meat Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support BOYS IN TROUBLE, an evening-length dance-theater production that will investigate contemporary American masculinity from transgender and queer perspectives. During the work’s development, Fresh Meat Productions’ Artistic Director Sean Dorsey and SF LGBT Community Center’s staff will engage 100 transgender & gender-non-conforming people in a series of storytelling workshops, recorded interviews & community forums. BOYS IN TROUBLE’s themes & content will emerge from these activities; choreographed by Dorsey, the world premiere will be at Z Space in April 2018.
Instituto Familiar de la Raza  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Promesa, an intervention for LGBTQ Latino youth to focus on the intersection of issues and identities impacting their lives, reflecting their challenges and building their resilience. Using art as a medium to encourage expression, queer Latina photographer Mayra Lopez brings her artistic skills and experience in working with queer youth as she guides Promesa youth to portray their own complex but often ignored photographic depiction of healing and empowerment in a final community exhibit.
Kulintang Arts Inc.  $20,000 SFAC funds will support Kularts’ project Pinoy Superheroes Here and Now!, highlighting untold stories of everyday Pilipino heroes who live or work in Soma Pilipinas-Filipino Cultural Heritage District through the graphic novel, comics medium. A series of 12 participatory comics, storytelling workshops led by illustrators Don Aguillo and Rafael Salazar will culminate into 4 community-driven comics available online / 40-page published comic book, and 2 public art work panels; visually engaging and addressing the political, social goals of Soma Pilipinas relevant to the larger Pilipino diaspora.
Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Loco Bloco's partnership with The Jamestown Community Center's Afterschool program At Cesar Chavez Elementary School, which will use Afro-Latino performance art education and performance to help re-connect displaced youth and their families to their neighborhood and to provide a tool for youth to overcome injustice; adopt healthy, active lifestyles; contribute positively to and serve as leaders in their communities.
Mission Graduates  $20,000 SFAC Funds will be used to support a collaboration between Mission Graduates and SF Youth Theater in a storytelling project: “Our Stories, Our Journeys/Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Viajes”. 3rd-5th graders at Marshall and Leonard Flynn Elementary Schools, will work with singer Michelle Jordan, actor Gendell Hernandez and photographer Ella Noe, to bring a semester-long exploration of families, neighborhoods and communities to life through visual and performing arts. “Our Stories, Our Journeys” will integrate family interviews with elements of storytelling and playmaking.
Mission Neighborhood Resource Center  $20,000 Ladies Night Rising explores the intersection between art and public health, specifically to address and heal community trauma and its rippling effects at MNRC/ Ladies Night, a program for homeless or marginally housed women who live or work in the Mission District of San Francisco. Artist and Healing Arts Collective founder McClelland collaborates with MNRC’s Ladies Night through interactive and participatory workshops for women participants to engage in a personal and collective journey of expression and skill building that culminates in a public performance for their peers and the public.
Performing Arts Workshop  $19,688 SFAC funds will be used to develop a cohort of student spoken word artists / poets and a youth-led editorial group to produce a print and digital journal documenting the theme of “process toward performance” in a yearlong poetry residency serving two classes. Spoken word artist and Performing Arts Workshop teaching artist Natasha Huey will teach two performance poetry classes at Galileo High School, and will collaborate with the English department to lead and mentor a youth editorial group that will launch the production of a print and digital student poetry journal for public release. 
Root Division  $20,000 SFAC funds will support extending and enhancing our partnership with Mission Education Center (a K-5 Latino immigrant/newcomer school). In utilizing the Latino Teaching-Artist Fellowship (LTAF), we will train and place 2 Spanish/English bilingual artists to be Artists-in-Residence at MEC for the fiscal year. In exchange for free studios at Root Division’s facility, the LTAFs will develop and teach the My Two Homes curriculum to 90+ students, helping them build a visual arts language to creatively express their immigration experiences and new life in the U.S. 
Youth Art Exchange  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a partnership between Youth Art Exchange (YAX) and the Ocean Avenue Association on a collaborative community arts project to create small scale murals on utility boxes along Ocean Avenue and neighboring streets. YAX faculty artists in printmaking and photography will work with public high school students, primarily low income youth and youth of color, to develop community-driven digital print installations on the utility boxes which will allow youth to publicly showcase their voices in the city and to engage community members with the arts where they live. 

Arts for Neighborhood Vitality

Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees for the 2016 Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival to be held on September 23, 2017 at the Tenderloin Park and Recreation Center presented by Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center (ACVCC) and its collaborators Burmese Youth Association, Lao American National Alliance, Lao Seri Association, the Samaki Project (Cambodian community), and the San Francisco Wushu Team.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema  $3,000 SFAC Funds will be used to support free film screenings for the 2017 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema season — four days of screenings, September 7, 8, 9 & 26, 2017.  The screenings will be staged at different locations in the neighborhood including parks, public venues, neighborhood businesses and institutions. In addition to showcasing the work of local film and video makers, a number of the programs feature local musicians. The ANV funds will be used to fund technical production and staging for the September 9 "Under the Stars" screening in Precita Park.
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the June 2018 Dancing On Waverly, a free outdoor event that will present performances and instructional sessions by at least 6 diverse dance groups in the heart of Chinatown.  Specifically, SFAC funds will defray the costs of permits (street closure, sound, parking), fees for a high-profile performer, cultural/historical education materials.
Chinese Historical Society of America  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used to support fees for sidewalk artists, a lion dance ensemble, and marketing expernses for a half day long educational and cultural experience entitled Traditions in Transformation to take place on Saturday, February 23, 2018 in observation of the Lunar New Year. 
Genryu Arts  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees and marketing expenses for Genryu Arts' 6th Annual Japan Day in SF Japantown scheduled for Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 12p - 4p. This Festival, Japantown’s celebration of the “Obon” (festival of the spirits) community ritual, expresses its connection to the ancestors through the Japanese cultural arts.
Salsa Festival on Fillmore  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used exclusively to support the fees of the artists participating in the two-night July 2017 Salsa Festival on Fillmore, a free outdoor event that will present two 10-20 piece Latino music ensembles, two Bay Area Latino dance companies and offer two days of instructional dance classes.  This event will serve an estimated 2500 people at the Fillmore Center Plaza. 
San Francisco Juneteenth Festival  $3,000 SFAC Funds will be used to support San Francisco’s annual Juneteenth Celebration; the June 2017 event will continue a 67-year community tradition that originated on Fillmore Street in 1951, including a parade, a street fair, African-derived music, dance, crafts, cuisine, visual arts, spiritual and healing practices and performances by Black and African American artists over an 8-hour period; the project will serve an estimated 5000 people; awarded Arts Commission funds will support the participating artists’ fees and the event’s publicity expenses.
The Village Project  $3,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the February 2018 Mardi Gras--San Francisco Style. This event will begin with a free blues concert at the Fillmore Center Plaza, followed by a New Orleans style procession through the Fillmore’s commercial corridor, stopping at local businesses from Post Street to Golden Gate Avenue and concluding with a masquerade ball at the West Bay Conference Center.  The project will serve an estimated 600 people.  Awarded Arts Commission funds will support the participating artists’ fees and some of the event’s production expenses
Youth Art Exchange  $3,000 SFAC Funds will be used to support artists and interactive arts activities in photography, filmmaking, printmaking, fashion design, architecture, music, dance, and more at the 2018 Youth Arts Block Party on Howth Street, a free neighborhood arts event planned and implemented by youth artists. The one-day event brings together the Excelsior and OMI communities through collaboration between faculty and youth artists from Youth Art Exchange (YAX), Lick-Wilmerding High School, and other youth arts groups. 

Cultural Equity Initiatives

3rd i South Asian Independent Film Festival  $81,220 SFAC funds will be used to support increasing the Artistic and Managing Directors’ time commitments and compensation, to increase our fundraising activities and to formulate a new strategic plan covering the years 2018 to 2020. As a result of the initiative, the Artistic Director will launch a multi-year effort to expand the regional audiences for 3rd I’s International South Asian Film Festival, initiate a new arts services program directed at Bay Area South Asian media artists, and develop partnerships with other California-based South Asian media arts organizations. 
Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center  $47,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center in building its capacity to serve Southeast Asian communities of the Tenderloin through its leadership role in the Southeast Asian Art and Culture Coalition (SEAACC). Components of the project include: 1) Strategic planning process 2) The creation of a bilingual Vietnamese/English website for Au Co stakeholders 3) The creation of a multilingual website for SEAACC. 4) Support for fees paid to outreach personnel for SEAACC.
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology (BAYCAT)  $100,000 Bayview Hunters Point Center for the Arts and Technology (dba BAYCAT) will use SFAC funds to create a strategic business plan (“The Plan”) to bring more creatives of color and women creatives into viable careers in SF and the Bay Area. Building on our strengths and successes over the last 12 years, the plan will articulate how to scale our hybrid social enterprise model to increase the numbers of low-income youth we serve and nonprofit agencies we support. With input from our stakeholders, team and Board, we will build a roadmap of our operational, programmatic and financial needs to scale.
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Chinese Culture Center's Earned Income Initiative over the next year calling for: 1) A new position of Visitor Services Manager  tasked to form a Visitor Services team drawn from CCC’s Curatorial and Education Departments staff, interns, volunteers to carry out campaigns to secure increased levels of sales from the identified visitor opportunities. 2) The development of new marketing materials in online and hard copy form that promote the fee based visitor opportunities.
Chinese Historical Society of America  $25,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a nine month strategic planning process from July through December of 2017, partially supporting the consultant's fee and covering staff time to participate in plan process
Chrysalis Studio  $21,041 SFAC funds will be used to support Chrysalis Studio’s evolution into a professionally managed and sustainable non-profit arts organization. The initiative will increase the Artistic Director’s time commitment from 16 to 32 hours a month, develop a strategic plan and establish a computerized financial management system.  Awarded funds will support the Artistic Director’s increased compensation, and the fees of Strategic Planning and Financial Management Consultants.  
Contraband / Mixed Bag Productions  $28,906 SFAC funds will be used to support a strategic planning process for Mixed Bag Productions that will build upon the recent artistic success and growth of the organization over the past four years. The process will include the hiring of a part-time administrative coordinator, a revamping of the bookkeeping and fundraising functions, and the development of a training seminar model, focused on empowering the artistic capacities of women in the field, that will enable artistic director Sara Shelton Mann to impart her techniques and process to the next generation of dancers and choreographers.
CounterPulse  $97,336 SFAC funds will be used to hire a full-time Facilities Manager to affirm CounterPulse’s commitment to maintain accessible arts space for creative diversity and underrepresented narratives from emerging artists and cultural innovators. This includes ongoing maintenance to preserve facility functionality,  oversight of building use and security, and management of the Rental-Exchange Program. Financial data collected during the grant period will inform a revised organizational business plan to insure CounterPulse remains and arts resource for underserved communities.
Creative Labor: Queer Visual Artists’ Working Group  $7,666 SFAC funds will be used to support the development and implementation of fundraising, programming and staffing plans that will expand Creative Labor’s artistic programs, funding base and services to Queer visual artists and audiences.  In addition to developing plans for our immediate future, the initiative will also compensate the Artistic Director and provide Creative Labor the staff capacity to move the organization forward. 
Crowded Fire Theatre Company  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to support transitioning Crowded Fire’s Managing Director and Artistic Director from part-time to full-time positions beginning in 2017. CFT produces and develops 5-7 artistically outstanding and provocative plays each season focusing on cultural equity and inclusion. This investment will impact the maturation and sustainability of this organization, as these leadership positions have been functioning at full-time capacity with part-time remuneration. It will ensure and deepen Crowded Fire’s place as an artistic incubator and platform for underserved voices.
Dance Brigade  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Dance Brigade in hiring a Managing Director who will build key staff capacity through: 1) implementing a business plan that will assess operations and the impact and viability of seeking a new, affordable, long-term home for the organization; 2) take on operations and facility management; and 3) lead research and negotiations with potential new venues to ensure that the organization can continue to anchor its work in the Mission.
Embodiment Project  $31,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Embodiment Project’s two-year capacity-building initiative to professionalize the organization. The initiative includes: increasing the time commitment for our Administrative Coordinator, filing for non-profit incorporation, and completing a strategic planning process.  This initiative will strengthen administrative systems, increase eligibility for grant funding, increase the Artistic Director’s focus on programming, and create a clear, written plan for Embodiment Project’s next 3 years of operation.
Mural Music & Arts Project    $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of a 3-year Strategic Plan for the Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP), and provide staff training, coaching, and in-depth professional development opportunities for the management team. The Project will be executed in two phases. The objective of Phase 1 is to develop a strategy to drive organizational improvement and increase impact. The Phase 2 objective is twofold: first, to successfully implement year one of the Strategic Plan, and second, to develop and implement a Staff Training and Professional Development Program. 
Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater  $32,700 SFAC funds will be used to support NAKA’s significantly expanded fundraising activities as well as conduct a strategic planning process with the co-directors and Advisory Board members.  NAKA will contract with grant writing and donor cultivation consultants to increase grant proposal output and build an individual donor program. 
OX  $35,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a capacity building initiative that will include: increased monthly compensation and additional training for the Artistic Director, a branding and social media consultant, website redesign, and the creation of OX’s first strategic plan.
Queer Cultural Center  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the implementation of the attached strategic plan by increasing QCC’s artistic and fundraising staff capacities.  In October 2017, both the Artistic and Development Directors, who founded QCC 25 years ago, will retire. During FY 16-17, they are mentoring their successors through every aspect of their respective job responsibilities. During FYs 17-18 and 18-19, QCC will address the LGBTQ arts community’s demand for our artistic program planning and affordable Grantwriting services by expanding the capacities of QCC’s artistic and fundraising staff.
Queer Rebel Productions  $34,585 SFAC funds will be used to support Queer Rebel Productions (QRP) organizational leadership development and creation/implementation of a strategic plan. To strengthen infrastructure, funds would support leadership salary increases, and the hiring of an administrative assistant and a contract consultant; thereby, positioning QRP to support its growth with a robust staff to implement the strategic business plan to move the organization forward.        
Radar Productions  $68,800 SFAC funds will be used to support an increase in RADAR Production’s Artistic Director and Business Manager’s time commitments and compensation, to revise our strategic plan and to increase our cash reserve to $40,000. RADAR will contract with Strategic Planning Consultant Miriam Abrams to revise our strategic plan. The initiative will expand RADAR’s staff infrastructure, strengthen RADAR’s short and long-term financial sustainability, and develop and implement new artistic programming.
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival  $27,765 SFAC CEI funds will support the expansion of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival’s fundraising, marketing and artistic programming capacities by increasing the Artistic Director and Festival Coordinator’s time commitments. The initiative will implement the second and third years of our current Strategic Plan and accelerate SFTFF’s transition from a volunteer-based group into a professionally-managed non-profit organization. Awarded SFAC funds will exclusively support our staff’s increased compensation costs for their expanded time commitments during CYs 2017 and 2018. 

Creative Space Planning & Facilities

Blue Bear School of Music  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support our campaign to develop a satellite campus in the southeast sector of the city—most likely Mission Bay, the Mission, or Dogpatch. This will enable us to provide greater availability of music programming to the general population in the southern part of the city as well as put us in closer proximity with the Bayview community specifically, where we already have deep ties through our existing programs. From this new location, we anticipate serving approximately 200 youth and adults through fee-based programming and 100 through outreach efforts annually. 
Cartoon Art Museum  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Phase II of tenant improvements at our new facility to resurface floors to make the galleries, classrooms and education center accessible to 30,000 youth and adults annually; construct library shelving to allow visitors to access 7,000 publications; construct moveable walls and install sound systems to improve our capacity to present a wider range of artistic and education programs, including exhibitions, screenings and artist presentations. This proposal requests $90,000 to enable us to present a full roster of programs and make our new facility accessible.
Dance Brigade  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Dance Brigade in finding an affordable, long term facility in the Mission that allows it to continue as an affordable access point for dance and feminist cultural empowerment. Rising rents have threatened to displace the organization from Dance Mission Theater, but staff continue to work with community partners to seek out a new home. Planning funds will further leverage existing resources by bringing in a capital campaign planning consultant and an architect.
Galeria de la Raza  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Galería de la Raza | Studio 24’s Venue Stabilization Initiative - an initiative which aims to address Galería's long-term facility needs.  The requested $50k will support the hiring of (3) consultants to support in the Organizational & Program Inventory, Schematic Design / Strategic Plan, Budget/ Capital Campaign development.   A portion of the staff’s salary will also be funded along with an online/texting fundraising platform.  By the end of the grant period, two sites will be vetted and one will be identified as the next and permanent home for Galería.  
ODC Theater  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support theater building security with the installation of four units of outdoor security lighting, three security cameras, a one-way viewing door for desk staff, walkie-talkies and a panic button for communication and emergency response. This proposal requests $20,000 for the purchase and installation of such equipment to improve the safety of the facility and experience of visitors and staff at the ODC Theater.
Public Glass  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the complete overhaul of an outdated ventilation system thereby increasing our capacity to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment for our staff, artists, students, and growing audiences.  This proposal requests $100,000 to relocate and replace aging and inefficient fans, build heat shields, and enclose open spaces for the purpose of expelling heat and airborne particulates as well as lowering damaging frequencies of noise making for a better environment to create, work, learn, and experience the arts and cultural programs that we offer. 
SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support ADA renovations at a new 49-seat venue located at 145 Eddy St. which will include a ADA compliant entrance and lobby, an ADA bathroom and enlarging the performance space. These renovations will provide SAFEhouse Arts with a permanent home for the next 15 years in the heart of the Tenderloin and will make it possible to continue programming our residency program that serves 80 groups with free rehearsal and performance space annually, as well as our community outreach program that provides free, monthly creative writing workshops to under-served communities.
San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.  $35,782 SFAC funds will be used to support the upgrade of our workshop, built in the 1950s, that houses heavy duty equipment for producing art from stone. SFAC funds will pay for designs and electrical upgrades. Plumbing, carpentry and purchase of new grinding and polishing machines will be supported by our organization funds. The project will remedy safety issues and increase access to the space, and improve links with other artist groups and the public. We request $35,728 as partial funding to make the room safe, functional and up-to-date for artists learning lapidary skills.
San Francisco Mime Troupe  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support architectural, structural engineering and plumbing planning needed to implement Phase 1 of SFMT’s feasibility design involving making our ground floor studio space ADA accessible and structurally open as well as outreach and marketing analysis. These changes will make it possible for SFMT to use our fully owned studio space for public performances and to rent the space out at affordable rates for other local arts groups. 

Individual Artist Commission

Anita Chang  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the completion and exhibition of the interactive documentary web application ROOT TONGUE: Sharing Stories of Language Identity and Revival, where participants explore the challenges of language endangerment and preservation on a personal level by sharing their own perspective through dialogue and creative expression. Upon completion, live multimedia exhibitions will take place throughout 2017-2018 at various educational and community-based venues in San Francisco including The Interval/Long Now Foundation, Kearny Street Workshop, and the de Young Museum.
Anthony Robles  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support publication of , "Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike"--a book of poetry and short stories by current San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominee Tony Robles.  The book will feature poems addressing San Francisco's fight against gentrification, displacement and the fight against police violence against long time communities of color.  The work will reflect San Francisco's working class and born and raised residents--that is often excluded from the city's narrative.  Live performance will take place at the I-Hotel Center in the city's historic Manilatown neighborhood.
Aron  Kantor  $15,000 This proposal requests $15,000 for the first of 4 phases of creating a feature film about the historic Continental Bathhouse, where the gay sexual revolution and liberation movement and the beginning of modern queer dancefloor culture crossed paths. Phase 1 includes the research and writing of a feature length screenplay with my co-writer, Lambda Award winning writer K. M. Soehnlein. The proposed project will culminate in a staged reading of my work in progress for a public audience of 100 people at SOMArts Cultural Center. SFAC will pay artist fees and production expenses. 
Bernard Lubell  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Aspirations", an installation of interactive inflatable sculptures presented in a month long residency at the de Young museum. The museum's collections will provide Inspiration for some sculptures and the public will be invited to help build and test components and take part in a kinetic art workshop. 

The selection of inflatables and the new technologies for the interactions with participants are departures from my previous work even as they carry forward my concerns for our relationship to our technologies and to each other.
Bonnie Sherk  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support further design development and technical engineering of sculptural, multi-functional, Green Powered Digital Gateways to be installed to interconnect Branch Living Library & Think Parks. Resulting designs with diverse sizes of display technology, powered by wind/sun, will be shown in ECO-ART Exhibition/Workshop with local Branch Living Library community. Future Gateways will support live, interactive broadcast between sites and showcase local resources, and as needed, pump underground water, creating new ecological habitats adding magnetic sense of place. 
Carol S. Seigel  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support ENDANGERED SPECIES, a multi-disciplinary community stories project that will increase cross-cultural, intergenerational understanding of San Francisco’s rich diversity. Writer/artist Shizue Seigel, working with beginning and experienced writers of color, will explore our values, history, culture and lifestyles through prose, poetry, photography and art. Our stories of sustainable community will be published on-line and in a community anthology launched at the San Francisco Main Library during the API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival.
Celeste Chan  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and presentation of Art Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl, a 40-50 minute documentary tracing the Riot Grrrl movement from its birth in 1991 Olympia, WA to the current-day Bay Area art activism it has inspired. We will conduct community outreach with an Art Heart Tumblr blog, and a community-sourced voicemail hotline. Art Heart will be presented at a screening and zine-making workshop at Artists Television Access in June 2018 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and will attract an audience of 200 people. 
Chirag Bhakta  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support “The Arch Motel Project,” an installation and artistic expression of racial and cultural identity through a heretofore overlooked immigrant population, Gujarati-Americans, that live and work in motels across the US. They originally immigrated from a small region in India to SF in the 1940's.

I'm presenting several pieces of work (assemblage) made from relevant found ephemera, accompanied by photos capturing the spirit of that community as well as the aesthetics of the assemblage. Accompanied with be a zine. It'll be on view at Alter Space, a gallery in SoMa.
Christopher Burch  $15,000 The project that I am seeking funding for a 100 page black and white fully illustrated graphic novel entitled” Oh ye of little Faith: The Legend of Pinetar.”  The story follows Pinetar a tongue-less, wondering blues musician possessed by an entity who calls itself Kon, across the Mississippi River Basin during the forties and late fifties. Haunted by his past and tormented by Kon, Pinetar, if he is to find reconciliation, must regain his tongue from, an ancient trickster deity, Br’er Rabbit.
Clement Goldberg  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Our Future Ends, a multidisciplinary work of discrete objects, sculptural installation, animation/video projection, and live theater. The piece connects, as a metaphoric and conceptual frame, the near extinct lemur primates of Madagascar to an imagined queer prehistory, paralleling species loss with cultural atrophy. Our Future Ends will be exhibited October 2017 at the non-profit gallery and performance space CounterPulse in San Francisco. 
Craig Calderwood  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Church Camp, a visual arts exhibition exploring early queer identity formation through objects and materials deemed useless. The solo exhibition will take place at The Luggage Store Gallery in May 2018.
Dan Goldes  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support 5 Blocks, a 60-minute film documenting changes in the Central Market Street neighborhood of San Francisco between 2011 and 2016, as policy decisions and a booming economy brought unprecedented change to one of the poorest, most marginalized areas of the city. Screenings will be held at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, near the area covered in the film, where I am a Filmmaker Resident, and at Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium in the Tenderloin, to share the project with area residents who are part of the film.
Dana Hemenway  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support, ‘A Grid, A Plant, An Intersection, A Net’, an expanded social and research project that explores all the ways in which the formal motif of the grid, often used in my work,  is analogous to other societal systems, and how these systems could be complicated or undermined. The sculptural installation will be a platform for collaboration, by inviting four other creative practitioners, from different cultural points of view, working in writing, dance, sound, performance, and/or video, to collaborate with me and interpret the meaning of one of the title phrases.
Evelyn Leder  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Evie Leder in creating a new body of work in the multi-part Kaddish series, a project through which she has been exploring the process of mourning, beauty, intimacy, and family through abstracted, non-narrative and low-resolution LED video installations. These works build upon the concept of Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning to honor and grapple with the loss of her sister who passed away 17 years ago at the age of 38. The completed LED videos will be exhibited at Black & White Projects in 2018.
Ilana Crispi  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Mission Guerrilla Dirt, an interactive installation exploring ideas of community, history, and place. Dirt from the Mission District will be transformed into furniture and ceramic vessels to create an outdoor tearoom – a place where everyone sits at the same level and shares an experience, dialogue, and tea. This temporary public gathering space will be an invitation for members of a diverse and changing neighborhood to slow down and experience our histories and stories of place through a shared experience of the physical material of the land.
Jack Walsh  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support roughly 10% of my budget which represents one week of personnel costs, two days of production, and one week support for my editor to complete a trailer of up to 20 minutes to present as my work-in-progress.
Jacqueline Francis  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation, development and self-publication of Gone Foreign, a collection of five short stories about the cultures, lives, and experiences of American immigrants of African descent from the Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. I will read excerpts at the Museum of the African Diaspora during the June 2018 National Queer Arts Festival.  To increase public awareness of the Caribbean diasporic experience, I will self-publish Gone Foreign on lulu.com. SFAC funds will support my commission and the fee of a contracted editor.  
Jay Rosenblatt  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support THE ANTS ARE STILL BURNING, a follow up experimental documentary to the 1994 award-winning film, THE SMELL OF BURNING ANTS. Written and directed by Jay Rosenblatt, the film will screen at the SF Cinematheque.
Jenifer Wofford  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Death Songs, an interdisciplinary visual art project that about the space, time, aesthetics and soundtracks of grief and celebration, by Jenifer K Wofford. It will take multiple forms as a web project, illustrated/animated music videos, performance, drawing/painting and a book project. The videos and performance will take place at YBCA in October 2017; the book project will launch at Southern Exposure later in fall 2017.
Jerome Reyes  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support SOMCAN: Field Notes towards Freedom. San Francisco native artist Jerome Reyes will create with South of Market Community Action Network a new multi-platform political campaign to circulate primarily text-based artwork across the neighborhood. Themes include migration and local issues of their Filipino & Latin-American immigrant members. Public & indoor artworks on the complexities of urban life occur around the South of Market area and 2,000 sq. foot storefront. Resulting materials then enter the archive, Contact Points: Field Notes towards Freedom.
John Jota Leaños  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support “Eureka!,” a half-hour animated documentary and interactive eBook/graphic novel that traces key moments of colonial California and the making of the West from Native and Latina/o perspectives. The documentary uses cartoons, music and humor to weave an alternative social history of California, revealing histories of migration, upheavals and racial tension that contribute to the shaping of the American west.
Josephine Iselin  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the research, writing, image creation and layout design of a book titled California Seaweed Stories. This project is about resilience, evolutionary success and astounding beauty in our near-shore ocean ecosystems. By describing the life history and unique characteristics of fifteen iconic California seaweeds in a visually stunning volume, I hope to inspire thoughtfulness towards coastal conservation. The project will be presented to the public in a lecture or forum at San Francisco State University, highlighting the convergence of art and science. 
Juliana Delgado Lopera  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development and completion of FIEBRE TROPICAL, a non-traditional novel that investigates Spanglish, religion, queer migration and family dysfunction via memory and storytelling traditions. I will finish the first draft by February 2018, stage developmental readings as part of RADAR’s spring 2018 West Coast tour and read major excerpts from FIEBRE TROPICAL at the San Francisco Main Library in Civic Center during the 2018 National Queer Arts Festival. SFAC funds will underwrite my commission and the editor’s fee.
Justin Hoover  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support The Body Shop: Art Gym, an immersive art installation and series of community-focused happenings lead by artist and curator Justin Charles Hoover. In partnership with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC), community “workouts” will culminate in happenings lead by Hoover and curated associates over three months in the collaboratively run gallery space known as 41 Ross Alley in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, and will unify the practices of traditional kung fu and contemporary performance art.
Kevin Simmonds  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and accompanying performance of Less than Infinity: a San Francisco Psalter, a book of interactive readings, psalms and other secular devotional works that variously praise, eulogize and memorialize people, places and ideas that are quintessentially San Francisco. The book's recitation/call-and-response format will facilitate performances, by anyone, at places throughout San Francisco.
Lisa Wanzer  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Jaywalking, a collection of hybrid, composite, and lyrical essays addressing four intersection points: black girlhood (race and gender), cultural assertion, and what it means to be “the other.” I plan to arrange the book’s chapters in triptychs: three essays intended to be appreciated together, with each essay accosting otherness at different life stages. The finished book will consist of five triptychs. Free essay-writing workshops for underserved communities will occur at the Mechanics’ Institute Library.
Lynn Hershman Leeson  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Lynn Hershman Leeson in creating a multimedia memorialization project in honor of Tina Modotti, a photographer, actor, and revolutionary figure who, unbeknownst to many in the city, launched her early work in San Francisco, a place that she called home even through an international career. The project will take the form of a short video documentary and plaque, the culmination of more than 10 years of collaborative work. The project builds on Hershman Leeson’s history of creating transdisciplinary work honoring radical women artists.
Madeleine Lim  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support JEWELLE: Art, Activism & Vampire Futures, a 35-minute documentary Produced and Directed by award-winning filmmaker Madeleine Lim, which charts the confluence of generations and social movements through the art and activism of author, poet, journalist, playwright, arts administrator, philanthropist, activist, Ioway/Wampanoag Native American and Cape Verdean/African American Femme lesbian elder, Jewelle Gomez. The film will world premiere at the 2018 San Francisco Queer Women of Color Film Festival presented by QWOCMAP.
Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Lexicon 2D/3D, which expands and transforms the visual language I been developing for 11 months, bringing it into the physical and virtual realms, as sculptures and a downloadable emoji pack called “artmoji”. I will create a large-scale installation of sculptures of this visual language, which will be exhibited at Black&White Projects. I will also develop a set of 2D pictograms called ‘artmoji’, which will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium for consideration for the existing emoji bank. The installation and emoji pack will be presented in May 2018.
Monica Magtoto  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the fabrication of a mobile workstation and the creation and exhibition of a new series of paintings that highlight memories, people, and objects that are significant to me in that area. The project, entitled “Drifter” will take place in the Mission district, specifically around the 24th street area. The final exhibition of the workstation and series will take place at Incline Gallery. Inspired by travelling salesmen and paleteros (ice cream men) of the area, this project seeks to explore the way I interact with my work, my surroundings, and my identity.
Ploy Pirapokin  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support SFAC funds will be used to support An Equation to tell your mother your boyfriend is Black, a nonfiction book written by Ploy Pirapokin. It is an autobiographical poetic portrayal of a Thai woman who confronts her mother’s racism against her Tanzanian boyfriend, and is related through the work of poets, philosophers, architects, and cultural critics. An excerpt of this work will be read at the Kearny Street Workshop as a solo exhibition with a questions and answer session at the end.
Rene Yung  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development of “Written on Water,” a sculptural-library comprising a set of mixed media books with text, imagery, artifacts, and media, that reflects on the intersection of dislocations and erasures in the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing in San Francisco Bay; the loss of Bay Edgelands where the former fishing sites were located, due to development and sea level rise; and my experience as an immigrant from the island city of Hong Kong. I will create 4-5 prototype books and present a public artist’s talk at the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory.
Ronald Saunders  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of new photograms (a cameraless photographic technique) using the full human body to explore history, emotions and place. To increase my viability for large scale public art projects, one third of the new work will be printed on nontraditional materials such as metal and glass. I will create15 – 20 new images for an exhibit, and one third will be new media presented at the Bayview Opera House.
Rudy Lemcke  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support The New World, a video game and installation created for the de Young Museum’s Artist’s Studio program. The New World uses the museum as the site of a multi-level video game and uses visual elements inspired by artworks from the permanent collection.  The installation will give an in depth look at the multi-media process of creating a video game. From initial sketches through character development, level design, and final production, the installation will include examples of various techniques involved in the planning, prototyping, and deployment of the game.
Sandra Davis  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Sandra Davis in completing “That Woman,” a 20 minute video work reinterpreting the 1999 Barbara Walters interview of Monica Lewinsky. The project comes at a critical moment in our national discourse around women’s agency over their own narratives--and the ways this is mediated through news coverage. The piece centers on Davis’s restaged performances featuring a woman resembling Lewinsky and filmmaker George Kuchar playing Barbara Walters, intercut with the original broadcast. Grant funds will enable Davis to complete the post-production phase of the video.
Sarah Jimenez  $15,000 SFAC funds will support the creation of the young adult novel titled, Las Primas. The novel will be a 200-page literary reading that depicts three stories of teenage cousins who, as pregnant teens, explore options of abortion, adoption, or motherhood.  Grant funds will support the artistic composition, led by emerging novelist, Sarah C. Jiménez, along with a public program to be hosted at Galería de la Raza as part of its Women’s Day 2018 celebration. 
Shani Heckman  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Carmelita Reyes, a short film about Matou's upcoming eviction from his haunted Victorian house on 22nd street. Filmed in the Mission, the project explores the changing neighborhood through the home's last residents, Matou, and Carmelita Reyes, the 300 year old ghost who worries what will happen to her when they gut-remodel the building. An interactive community screening event of the film will be held at Artist Television Access in June, 2018 featuring a Q&A and music.
Storm Miguel Florez  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and development of The Whistle, a documentary film that will tell the story of a secret code created by and shared among young dykes in 1980s Albuquerque, NM as a means of self-identification and finding community.  The Whistle will be screened as a work-in-progress at the 9th Street Independent Film Center in June 2018.  SFAC funds will underwrite the fee of the principal artist, Director of Photography, and a second camera person.
Tina Takemoto  $15,000 SFAC funds will support ISA’s LUNCH: BUTCH BENTOS FOR SALE, an experimental performance film that tells the story of Isa Shimoda, a gender nonconforming immigrant serving meals to female Japanese American cannery workers in prewar San Diego. In 1942, when Roosevelt issued an Executive Order to arrest all Japanese Americans, Shimoda was imprisoned in Poston incarceration camp. When she arrived, Isa was identified as a female; however when released she was listed as a male. I will enact Isa’s character in this experimental film, which will premiere at the June 2018 National Queer Arts Festival. 
Truong Tran  $15,000 PreEmptive will be a two part literary project comprised of a written text of poetry, prose, poetics addressing issues of racism and discrimination woven into the consciousness of society and the academy. I am a person of color and a lecturer in the academy. I am choosing to tell my story now because as Claudia Rankine puts it in her poetry, " just getting along shouldn't be an ambition." There will also be a community writing workshop by the same title. The workshop will explore ways to combat and challenge the thinking that perpetuates racism in society through the act of writing. 
Valerie Soe  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support partial postproduction costs for the feature-length documentary film LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN. The documentary looks at the Taiwan Love Boat, an unusual summer cultural program that acts as a propaganda tool, as a means of fostering Taiwanese American identity, and as a site for romance. It will screen at a work-in-progress rough cut event at the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University in early 2018 and premiere in mid-2018.
Veronica Majano  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Remember Los Siete, which integrates archival film, audio recordings, music, and narration to explore the lives of 7 young men known as Los Siete, seven Central American men were accused in 1969 of killing a white police officer in. During the 2 years in jail awaiting trial, Latino youth organized to free them and a movement flourished. Through six 10-minute chapters, Majano narrates the archival film footage, exploring explore the youth, trial-era, and adult lives of Los Siete, investigating hero-worship, forgiveness, and police brutality. 
Viviana Paredes  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and presentation of Comida y Curación: A Lost Treasure, a sculptural glass food cart that represents the adverse contemporary relationship that many Latinos have with fast food and the disconnection to our rich agricultural roots. The piece will debut at Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery in Spring 2018 and attract an audience of approx. 500 people during its month-long exhibition. If funded, SFAC monies will support artist fees, and marketing and productions costs.
Wendy Baker  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Noodle Mania, a collaborative art project that combines zine-making, audio interviews, and drawing parties. The focus of the project is documenting oral history of working artists who are using art to address social justice issues in the Bay Area. The pieces will be shared in art parties that functions as listening salons and an art-making space. The results of the process are a print zine that includes all of the drawings and stories, a collection of audio pieces that live online, and a series of art parties where people can actively participate.
Yarrow Slaps  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of approximately 15 new paintings by visual artist Yarrow Slaps and their exhibition at the Luggage Store Gallery in May 2018. The paintings will reflect Slap’s life experience growing up in San Francisco’s urban and multi-racial culture.  Awarded SFAC funds will support Slap’s commission and the exhibition’s fabrication, installation and documentation costs.

Artists and Communities in Partnership/Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions

Cultural Conservancy  $20,000 The Native Youth Guardians of the Waters Program (GOTW) provides an immersive indigenous-based educational experience to indigenous young adults (16 to 30 years old) in the San Francisco Bay Area. GOTW facilitates cultural, spiritual, and emotional healing through the revitalization of personal and inter-personal relationships to native lifeways, arts and traditions. Through native art forms, immersion in nature, and interaction with native artists and knowledge holders, participants explore the connections between native arts, native identity and eco-cultural health and healing. 

Organization Project Grants

Dancing Earth Creations  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used primarily to pay for artistic, production, and administrative personnel in support of a performance of Dancing Earth’s new dance piece, “Treaty Making,” inspired by the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defenders of Mother Earth Treaty. We will perform this timely, intertribal work at Dance Mission Theater in Spring of 2018, with sanctions by Pennie Opal Plant. Furthering our ongoing engagement with intergenerational Native and POC communities across the bay, we’ll incorporate 2-3 community workshops in the creative development phase.
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support The Hula Show: Hula Mua, a provocative dance theater program that sets traditional hula movements to a wide variety of non-Hawaiian influences. For us, Hula Mua means something from the past that is brought forward. Nurturing the continued evolution of an ancient art, our ultimate aim is create a bridge of understanding across cultures and generations, as we illuminate the ties that bind us together in a pluralistic society.
American Indian Community Cultural Center for the Arts SF (AICCCA-SF)  $50,000 The American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco (AICCSF) is requesting funding to support the pre-development of a Native American cultural center in San Francisco. Year One funds support the obtainment of a 501c3, the hiring of consultants to oversee the project and board development. Year Two funds support will provide the project after incorporation to develop a business plan  and incorporate a capital campaign through a strategic planning process with  leadership, managers and planners. We will serve California Natives/American Indians, Youth, Elders, Gender and Two-Spirit Identities.
Acción Latina  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support marketing, coordination, and musicians’ fees associated with production of the 2017 Encuentritos Summer Concert Series/Contests and the 36th Annual Encuentro del Canto Popular Festival. The Festival will offer a stage to winners of the summer series as well as to headlining Latino performers who draw inspiration from and extend the reach of the musical genre of nueva canción. 
African American Shakespeare Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development of A MidSummer Night's Dream set in Trinidad and Tobago during Carnival.  The production will incorporate elements of aerial artistry (Zaccho Dance Company), live Carnival music (SambaFunk), magic/clowning, and of course Shakespeare with one of the leading Shakespeare actors, L. Peter Callender playing Oberon, King of the Fairies.  The funds will specifically go to support the production elements of costume, sets, and artistic personnel that captures the Carnival world on stage.  This production will open the 2017-18 Season in September 2017.
AfroSolo Theatre Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees and production costs associated with the 2017 AfroSolo Arts Festival. The festival will feature our seminal Black Voices Performance Series, the AfroSolo in the Gardens free outdoor jazz concert at Yerba Buena Gardens; and the AfroSolo in the Gallery visual arts exhibit at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. 
Alliance for California Traditional Arts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a performance, bringing together four significant San Francisco traditional artists or groups to present their work and practice. The event will be part of ACTA’s statewide initiative called “Sounds of California,” a multi-faceted project involving performance, recording, archiving, and dialogue, that explores the soundscape of our state through the lens of migration. Funding will support artists who will present their ways of knowing, beauty, and commentary on traditional arts practice and share experiences of immigration and migration in the Bay Area.
Asian Improv aRts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support commissioning and presenting of composer Jon Jang’s The Pledge of BlackAsian Allegiance: A Tribute to Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama. This 45-50 minute work will be performed by an 8-member cross cultural ensemble of African American and Asian American artists: Francis Wong (saxophone), John Worley (trumpet), Nick DePinna (trombone), Angela Wellman (trombone), Jon Jang (piano), Gary Brown (double bass), Deszon X. Claiborne (percussionist) and Tatsu Aoki (taiko). The work's premiere performance will take place at the African American Art and Complex on 5/19/18.
Bindlestiff Studio  $20,000 TAGALOG 2017 is a one-act festival featuring original works by Filipino playwrights written entirely in Tagalog. Tagalog 2016’s use of translated text projected on stage proved highly successful, and our audiences from our 3-week run, comprised of both Tagalog and non-Tagalog speakers, were highly impressed by how much they felt a part of the the story. The use of supertitles was seamlessly integrated into the set design and provided a rich interpretation of the Tagalog script. Our goal is to capture our audience by engaging them in familiar stories as told by Filipinos.
Brava Theater Center/Brava! For Women in the Arts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support UNTOLD, a theatrical adaptation of the Sea Change anthology Untold Stories: Life, Love, and Reproduction, which uses intersectionality to expand reproductive rights discourse. Written by playwright Lisa Marie Rollins and writer Susan Ito and directed by Jessa Brie Moreno, the production features eight interconnected scenes that showcase experiences of adoption, transition, abortion, and choosing not to have children. Brava will produce the work for more than 3,000 audience members in fall 2017.
Campo Santo  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development, outreach activities and premiere performances of Casa De Spirits from Roger Guenveur Smith and performance group Campo Santo-a new performance piece following our interactions with liquor stores in two California neighborhoods in different cities (SF and LA.) The focus is on areas most populated by liquor stores- our low income, people of color and immigrant neighborhoods. SFAC will help support the artistic and outreach personnel in interviewing; photography/dance /writing workshops; development; and premiere performances in San Francisco.
Center for the Art of Translation  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist honoraria and staff salaries for the Center for the Art of Translation’s Two Voices event series, which brings international authors and translators to the Bay Area for readings, lectures and craft talks about literature, language and culture. The 2017-18 season will include 3-5 events with authors and translators in parallel with book releases by the Center’s Two Lines Press; 7-10 events with authors and translators about contemporary world literature; and 6-7 Two Voices Salons, our intimate, in-house discussions with translators conducted via Skype.
Chinese Cultural Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation, development and production of a new dance piece entitled SenseScape, the fourth in a series of works created using Artistic Director Lily Cai’s choreographic techniques based on ancient Chinese movement theories.  Together with a re-staging of the 5-movement piece The Mist Beneath, SenseScape will premiere at Chinese Cultural Production’s Home Season Concert at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre in October 2017. 
Circo Zero / Zero Performances  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Freedom, a series of public-site and theatrical performances instigated by Keith Hennessy in collaboration with J Jha, Annie Danger, Grisel Torres and other queer artists. The performances will be generated from artistic collaboration, experimental dance/performance research, and a queer troubling of the near mythical relationships between dancing and freedom, democracy and public space, queer and abject. Freedom premieres as a trio of street performances at public sites around San Francisco, culminating in a theatrical performance at The Joe Goode Annex.
Circuit Network  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Circuit Network to commission and premiere a new performance piece, Curren$y, by Dan Wolf, a member of the hip hop theater collective Felonious. Curren$y is a play in verse, beats and rhymes examining the way we beg, borrow and steal for cultural capital, using William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice as a jumping off point. It will feature an all-women cast and focus on struggling artists and their quest for success in the entertainment and media industry as they follow their heart and look for the opportunities that will make them rich and famous.
Contraband / Mixed Bag Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development and premiere "echo/the voice of stones", an evening-length dance piece to be choreographed and directed by Sara Shelton Mann. "Echo" is a site-specific work that will use the three studios in Dance Mission and the 24th Street BART Plaza opposite the theater to engage audiences in an experience of active viewing and listening by guiding them physically from one space to another. Composer Pamela Z will create a layered sound world for "echo", with visual elements designed by Lauren Elder. The piece will premiere in spring 2018.
Crowded Fire Theatre Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production materials and space rental for Crowded Fire’s 2017 world premiere of Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen’s A TALE OF AUTUMN. This modern day fable will be Crowded Fire and Chen’s most ambitious collaboration to date. Born from a deep mutual concern over the ever-increasing power of corporate personhood in present day capitalism, A TALE OF AUTUMN is about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a people over time.
CubaCaribe  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support theater rental and artist fees of the 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival in San Francisco and Oakland in April 2018. Programming will include eight performances, two master classes, one lecture/demo and one film screening on the art, religion, history, and politics of the Caribbean, showcasing over 50 dancers and musicians from Cuba, Haiti, Brazil and the US. The curatorial vision, Sugar & Cotton is based on the music and dances that came out of the lifestyle of human labor.
Cutting Ball Theatre Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist costs for the world premieres of Rob Melrose’s cutting of “Timon of Athens” and the opera-play pairing of “The Coffee Cantata,” both of which will bookend Cutting Ball Theater’s 2017-18 season.Bach’s Coffee Cantata and will be a staged opera in a fashion that is true to Cutting Ball’s experimental roots.The new play by Yussef El Guindi, based on the opera’s libretto, promises to address familial conflict as well as addiction.Both of these productions will highlight CBT’s focus on re-envisioned classics and experimental works set in contemporary times.
Dancers’ Group  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support presentation costs for the world premiere of “The Garden Project,” the 12th commission in Dancers Group’s ONSITE program. A site-specific, outdoor piece choreographed by Stephen Koplowitz for Yerba Buena Gardens (YBG), “The Garden Project” will feature AXIS Dance Company and up to 20 community performers with and without disabilities. The project will bring public attention to AXIS’ commitment to an inclusive society and align with Dancers’ Group’s goal to position dance at the center of civic life. 
Detour Dance  $8,400 SFAC funds will be used to support detour dance's 2017 Season with the world premiere of FUGUE, a site-specific performance in the streets and buildings of San Francisco's Mission District. FUGUE is a foray into cultural amnesia and nostalgia, featuring forgotten stories of queers, people of color, and long-time SF residents.
Eldergivers  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to pay for an Exhibit Coordinator, Curator, Photographer and to meet some of the costs associated with the production of the Annual Exhibit Celebration and Traveling Exhibit. The Annual Exhibit Celebration will include 100 works of art produced from students in the Art With Elders classes and be open to the artists, peers, family member and general public. The Traveling Exhibit "AWE Inspiring" will be featured in six to eight San Francisco venues reaching a culturally diverse audience that is ordinarily relatively insulated from elders and/or their creative gifts. 
Embodiment Project  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds, a documentary dance theater production by Embodiment Project. This performance piece will explore the ways restorative justice can disrupt America’s school-to-prison pipeline, a well-documented national trend in which marginalized groups of youth are funneled out of public schools and directly into juvenile and criminal justice systems. The project, created in collaboration with filmmaker Shakti Butler, will premiere at ODC in June 2018 for 800 audience members. 
Epiphany Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees for San Francisco Trolley Dances during Epiphany Productions’ 20th anniversary season. Six to seven local choreographers will be commissioned to each create a site-specific piece to be performed in public spaces along the N-Judah MUNI line. The three-day festival’s 16 performances will highlight the work of choreographers whose work has relevance to the N-Judah route, which travels through the Sunset District of the city, home to a large Asian American population, surfers, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, and UCSF Medical Center.
Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project (ESP Project)  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees for Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project’s “TheaterTheater”, a new performance that digs into questions of complacency, intervention, and voyeurism. The performative adventure asks audiences nightly to collaborate on the development of the performance work itself, and also draws from the tropes of traditional theater, resulting in a variable and specialized experience.
EXIT Theater  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 26th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival which will present 150 performances by 35 indie theater companies between September 8, 2017 and September 23, 2017 in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.  The Fringe Festival is open to all artists and performers will be selected by lottery.  Tickets are low cost with no ticket over $12 and the festival will attract 5,000 people, including 1,000 free admissions. Performers will receive 100% of their ticket sales and will earn $38,000. SFAC funds will be used for key staff for the festival.
Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreography  $7,952 SFAC funds will be used to support the 4th annual Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers in December 2017, with funds being allocated to choreographer fees, technical staff (lighting & sound), advertising & Marketing, and performance facility rental.
First Voice  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support commissioning fees to develop, publicaly perform and webcast the world premiere of Japanese-American Stories to Light, a collaboration of musical, theatrical, and audio-visual artists written by Asian Pacific storyteller/mono-dramatist Brenda Wong Aoki and scored by Emmy-winning Asian Jazz composer Mark Izu. The finished work features spoken word in live ensemble with both traditional Asian and Western instrumentation. The anchor of the creation is a “home movies” film of five generations of Japanese Americans, a visual and cathartic “talk story.”  
Flyaway Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the artist fees for Flyaway Productions new work, "The Credibility Project", a site-specific collaboration with Z Space. The Credibility Project will be created and performed on a whole block in the Tenderloin; with Artistic Director, Jo Kreiter, Oakland-based Hip hop artist/writer MADLINES,  internationally recognized photojournalist Lynn Johnson, and Flyaway Productions dancers.

This performance about a women's right to be believed, confronts the question of why, in the heat of the 21st century, are women still fighting for the basics of human dignity?  
Footloose Dance Company  $11,250 To hire permanent, part-time Administrative Coordinator, to strengthen the company’s long term to meet the demands of women’s programming.
Fresh Meat Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 17th Annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance (June 14-16, 2018). Curated by Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, the Festival’s three performances will take place at Z Space. The nation’s largest annual transgender arts event, the Festival will offer high-caliber original work by transgender and queer artists.

The 2018 Festival will feature a dynamic mix of dance, music and theater performed by 10 accomplished transgender and queer ensembles and soloists. Awarded funds will support artists’ fees, theater rental and technical staff.
Funsch Dance  $7,650 SFAC funds will be used to support choreographer and performer fees for Funsch Dance's full-length work, Women Dancing San Francisco which re-imagines the work of the 1910s dance company San Francisco Dancing Girls. WDSF features a cast of 10 dancers all aged over 40 and will premiere at Dance Mission Theater March 8-11, 2018. WDSF includes new music by composer Gretchen Jude, performed live, and a set by visual artist Cybele Lyle. As a run-up to the premiere, five of the ten performers will create "tangential performances" at the same outdoor sites that the original SFDG performed at. 
Genryu Arts  $20,000 SFAC will be used to support a new interdisciplinary work entitled Boxes. Boxes, referencing the work of Japanese writer and political activist Kobo Abe, will be a 45 minute work featuring Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, bassist, shamisen (3 string Japanese lute), taiko artist, and film maker Tatsu Aoki of Chicago & Grandmaster of the nagauta shamisen tradition Chizuru Kineya of Tokyo. The work will integrate traditional and contemporary music, Japanese dance, and projection mapping in the Tateuchi Auditorium June 2018 for 4 nights to celebrate Genryu Arts 23th Anniversary Season.
Golden Thread Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the artistic salaries and production expenses for the 2017 ReOrient Festival, Golden Thread's hallmark program slated to run Nov 17 to Dec 10 at the Thick House in San Francisco. Launched in 1999, the biennial Festival presents a fully-produced evening of short plays from or about the Middle East showcasing the diversity of the region. The 2017 program includes 7 world premieres and features local playwrights Betty Shamieh, E.H. Benedict, and Torange Yeghiazarian, in addition to Palestinian Hannah Khalil, Armenian Sevan K Green, and Turkish Melis Aker.
Kearny Street Workshop  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Kearny Street Workshop in producing its new bimonthly series, KSW Presents, showcasing 2-3 performing artists held in conjunction with a visual arts exhibition at the KSW Office Gallery. In alternate months, they will present the KSWorkshop Series, a platform for artists to further engage with their practices through workshops, participatory projects, and discussions. Both programs will strengthen KSW’s investment in its artists by creating paid opportunities that advance their work while deepening their audience’s experience and knowledge.
LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble  $18,040 SFAC funds will be used to support the honorariums and professional fees for performing artists and staff in LIKHA's 25th Anniversary production, Karangalan (HONOR). Karangalan will showcase LIKHA's continued commitment to Philippine folk arts through the presentation of new works as well as revisiting LIKHA's best work over its 25 years of service to the San Francisco community. The production will also highlight LIKHA's commitment to building bridges with Philippine culture bearers by sharing the stage with artists who have made significant contributions to Philippine folk arts.
Mural Music & Arts Project    $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the music performances at the Mural Music & Arts Project’s second annual BayviewLIVE Festival on 10/21/17, including local low-income, youth of color performers, emerging San Franciscan artists, and a headliner. 
National Japanese American Historical Society  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Artist’s Eyes, Art of Incarceration, a multigenerational visual art exhibition, revealing the consequences of the presidential Executive Order 9066 and its impact on Japanese Americans. Presented as a successive unearthing of emotions through three generations, these new works by Japanese American artists reveal the profound loss and eventual reclamation of their history and identity. The exhibit will be hosted at both NJAHS galleries: the MIS Historic Learning Center in the Presidio and the Peace Gallery in Japantown.
OngDance Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support an original dance performance piece called "The Salt Doll" at the World Arts West San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 2017. The funds will go toward the salary of the artists, costumes, administration, and rehearsal space. This piece is an innovative contemporary piece that combines the movements and philosophy of traditional dance and music of three countries: Korea, China, and Japan.     
Push Dance Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support PUSH Dance Company in collaborating with the art & technology collective We Inventing the Real (WIR), to produce Dreams Deferred, a performance exploring hope, access, and justice through work that integrates dance and new media tools like motion capture, wireless sensors, projection mapping onto moving surfaces. Through a dialogic process, PUSH and WIR will explore the possibilities of combining movement and creative technologies while building bridges between communities which have been often set against one another in San Francisco’s affordability crisis.
Queer Cultural Center  $20,000 This proposal requests $20,000 to support the production costs of 8 commissioned presentations by Queer artists of color at the June 2017 20th Anniversary National Queer Arts Festival.  These performances, exhibitions and screenings will examine the lives and experiences of Queer people of color.  Awarded SFAC funds will support the fees of artists and technicians as well as venue rental and insurance expenses.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Artistic Director’s salary for the 14th annual San Francisco Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 8-10, 2018. The free Film Festival will present a diverse array of films from around the world created by critically acclaimed and emerging, queer women of color, gender variant and transgender people of color filmmakers. The Film Festival will feature a Focus on Disabled LGBTQ People of Color with a Panel Discussion and 4 screening programs.
Robert Moses’ Kin  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artists fees and theater costs for RMK’s summer season in 2017. This consists of The BY Series, a high-level commissioning project that engages that engages 3-4 guest choreographers to create a piece for the company; and DRAFT, a short-term, high-level creative and performance residency for 20-30 dancers to work with Moses and the company. BY and DRAFT will generate artistic content that forms the centerpiece of Robert Moses’ Kin’s second season performances at The Green room of the War Memorial and performing arts center.
SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support 100 residencies at SAFEhouse Arts on 1 Grove St.  as part of the RAW (resident artist workshop) residency program, culminating in approximately 50 programs (100 public performances).  Annually, RAW supports approximately 100 emerging and established artists in development of new performance in contemporary dance, experimental theater, and queer performance.  During the 100 twelve-week residencies, each group receives 50 hours of free rehearsal space; plus mentorship, fundraising, marketing, administrative and technical support for a 2-night presentation.  
San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 19th annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest, scheduled to take place in November 2017. Featuring an array of local, national, and international dancers and dance companies, performances will reflect a wide range of styles and will engage audiences through movement, costuming, and music. Over one weekend, two separate programs will take place, for a total of four performances, at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Additionally, master classes will take place at a San Francisco dance studio, led by dancers performing in the festival.
San Francisco Youth Theatre  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production of a new play by Gary Soto about teen death, THE AFTERLIFE. Funds will support the play's creation, 3 staged readings and 3 performances. THE AFTERLIFE tells how a single outburst of anger ends a young man’s life. After Chuy, the protagonist, is stabbed to death, he floats through a ghostly limbo above his hometown, meeting Krystal, a suicide victim with her own tragic story. From above, Chuy tries to stop his friends from the retribution for his murder. The target audience is teens who have experienced violence and death in their community. 
Scott Wells and Dancers  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support The Legacy of Ephemerality, a new performance by Scott Wells & Dancers. The work investigates the survival of San Francisco arts spaces amidst massive displacement through the lens of one location: the historic Danceground Studio. After over 40 years as an arts space, the studio will close January 2017 due to an Ellis Act Eviction, coincidentally during the company's 25th anniversary home season. The two-week performance includes a commission by long-time Bay Area choreographer Kathleen Hermesdorf and a performance marathon with 8 additional local artists.
Theatre Rhinoceros  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a project through which Theatre Rhinoceros (The Rhino) will partner with Rhodessa Jones of Cultural Odyssey to mine Ms. Jones’s material from her work with incarcerated women and women living with HIV to develop and rehearse a theatrical presentation focusing on queer-identified or lesbian women who are incarcerated and living with HIV.
Topsy Turvy  $15,067 SFAC funds will be used to support 3 performances of Paradise2, Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus’ newest multidisciplinary production at the 360-seat Brava Theater during the June 2017 National Queer Arts Festival. The production will feature LGBTQ artists of color who fuse traditional circus disciplines, such as trapeze and acrobatics, with contemporary dance, video projections and physical theater.  A Saturday matinee will be marketed to LGBTQ non-profit organizations and their constituents.  Awarded funds will support the participating artists’ fees, technical support and venue costs.
Urban Jazz Dance Company  $12,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production of the 5th annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF). A project of Urban Jazz Dance Company (UJD), the Festival will be held August 2017 at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco and consist of an exciting weekend of performances and dance workshops that highlight the important contributions that Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists make to our community and to raise Deaf awareness in non-Deaf populations
Women’s Audio Mission  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Women’s Audio Mission (WAM)’s Local Sirens: Women in Music Series, a free, quarterly performance series that promotes exceptional Bay Area women composers, musicians & artists and commissions the creation of new and innovative musical works that are presented as part of a free concert series at a variety of San Francisco venues in WAM’s surrounding neighborhood of Central Market/SoMa/Tenderloin. Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women & girls in music production, performance, & the recording arts.
World Arts West  $20,000  SFAC funds will be used to support the 2017 SF Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and the Rotunda Dance Series. The Festival offers the opportunity for underserved ethnic dance artists to present work that is deeply rooted in their cultural traditions and to connect with other artists and wider communities. Audiences engage in the breadth of the region’s unique ethnic dance community, enriching their understanding and access to world cultural traditions and celebrating our rich and varied music and dance traditions. 

Special Project Grants - one-time grants to address emerging needs

Americans for the Arts  $200,000 SFAC funds will be used to support activities associated with serving as local host of the Americans for the Arts annual convention being held in San Francisco in June 2017, and activities associated with the Public Art Network Pre-Conference.
Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of a public art project organized by Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) showcasing the legacy of Asian American women artists within a community framework. The mural site is McCoppin Elementary school in the Richmond district which has a large Asian constituency. Students and community members will work with lead muralists in a series of workshops as part of the conceptual stage of the mural’s creation.
Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ)  $30,000 SFAC funds will be used to support our free 2017 Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) arts festival that will bring between together disparate segments of the LGBTQ through shared arts experiences. The BYOQ festival will feature local performing, visual, literary and film/video artists alongside local vendors and LGBTQ-focused nonprofits.
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco  $110,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Chinatown Alleyways Project, which activates a network of streets that serve as cultural and economic arteries for the Chinatown community. The Chinatown Music Festival, Dance on Waverly (Street), and other arts interventions will help create and maintain a sense of place drawing residents and visitors to the neighborhood. The project engages residents of supportive housing, many service organizations and the Chinese Culture Center
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco  $140,605 SFAC funds will be used to support one year of staffing to produce the Chinese Culture Center's Visual Art Programming from July 2017- July 2018 to engage community members in art-making through 3 art channels - exhibition, public art and artist-led workshops. Three core projects will be the focus – Living Bridge, XianRui:  10 year retrospective, and 41 Ross to engage underserved community members more deeply through art programming and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Chinatown through artistic production
Chinese Historical Society of America  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a three month long exhibition entitled "Chinese in the Sunset" to be on view at the Ortega Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. It will feature multiple graphic panel display, historical objects, and public event series focused on the history of Chinese in San Francisco, including the Chinese community's development into its level of visibility and vibrancy in the Sunset District. 
Dance Brigade  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Dance Brigade’s continued investment in its Mission neighborhood by offsetting the impact of recent rent increases to its longtime dance and community center, Dance Mission. Through the center, Dance Brigade produces programs that support the creative work of women and girls and provides affordable space for local performers and organizations. Funds will match money raised through successful individual donor fundraising strategies and stabilize the organization’s community presence.
Economic Development on Third  $25,000  
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society  $200,000 SFAC funds will be used to support completion and implementation of the GLBT Historical Society's 5-year strategic planning process and the following capacity-building projects designed to support expansion of the organization's cultural programming in the museum and archives: strengthen financial management and budgeting systems; build development capacity, focusing on private sector fundraising; support and enhance ongoing museum and archival operations, and; Continue to work with city agencies and consultants to evaluate the organization’s space needs.
Ingleside Presbyterian Church  $13,200 SFAC funds will be used to support a partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists Association, Inc. to restore the "Great Cloud of Witness" historic mural on the interior of the Ingleside Presbyterian Church Inc. Community Center.
Jim Yager  $440,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production of a 60 minute documentary film, entitled "Water from the Wilderness"which will trace both the historical and engineering origins of San Francisco’s water supply, and give viewers an amazing “beneath the surface” view of the soon to be state-of-the-art water transport system. In addition, the production team will work with middle and high school students to provide project based learning on the process of filmmaking, which will include field trips, building interviewing skills and the provision of career opportunities.
Kulintang Arts Inc.  $40,000  
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  $40,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the restoration of an iconic landmark mural located in the heart of the Mission District that portrays the legacy of Latino culture. As an emblem of community pride, The Puentes Mural Restoration Committee, comprised of Mission residents and businesses, feels a responsibility to restore this weathered mural to its former glory.
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)  $115,000 SFAC funds will be used to provide coaching and counseling to San Francisco based artists and cultural workers to support their ability to enter into the below market rate (“BMR”) rental and home purchasing programs
Museum of the African Diaspora  $985,000 SFAC funds will be used to support  The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) efforts to enhance its services and visitor experiences by supporting MoAD’s Exhibitions, Emerging Artist Programming, MoAD’s development team outreach, MoAD’s marketing and communications, and through an improved, robust customer records management system
New Conservatory Theatre Center  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the delivery of NCTC’s YouthAware theatre education program to 15,000 K-12 SFUSD students during the 2016/17 academic year. Funding will partially underwrite staff compensation which will ensure that YouthAware performances are provided at no cost to SFUSD students or schools.
OX  $10,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Daughters of a Riot, in August 2017 at CounterPulse, which is located steps away from the original site of Gene Compton’s Cafeteria. OX will produce the work with participation from the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art (MOTHA.) The 4 performances, one with live video feed, and the site-specific work at the commemorative Compton’s plaque, will serve 400 live audiences, many passersby, and thousands more online.
PODER  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to create a food justice mural at the new community-created farm by  Crocker Amazon Park.  The mural will be designed through a community engagement process with 5 local schools, 4 community organizations and at least 100 neighborhood residents.  The mural will highlight relevant communities issues such as environmental justice, health, traditional food practices, medicinal herbs and cultural resiliency reflecting the diverse stories of working-class families in the Excelsior. 
Precita Eyes Muralists Association, Inc.  $25,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 150-foot expansion of an existing 200-foot mural at the entrance of Laguna Honda Hospital across from Forest Hill Muni Station
Richmond District Neighborhood Center  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production of the Clement Street Art Walk by utilizing the services of a street festival and nonprofit event planner, to compensate the RDNC Neighborhood Services Director, and to pay artists and art collaboratives who participate in the event. The event will take over 2-3 blocks of Clement Street in the Inner Richmond centered around local art and crafts stores and will host local artists to display their work, children and family crafts, live music and a live mural demonstration. 
SPARK*SF  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the hiring of a consultant to lead the process of refreshing the Arts Education Master Plan
Uphill Arts/ Where Art Lives  $56,000 SFAC funds will be used by fiscal sponsee Uphill Arts to support a program that uses best practices in arts education to explore issues around vandalism and street art with no fewer than 250 children in no fewer than 10 classes in San Francisco. Funds will be used to further develop the Where Art Lives curriculum, provide art supplies to participants, train partnering teachers, create education materials to support future expansion of the program, and to document and celebrate student artwork.

Writers Corps Teaching Artist in Residence

Madeleine Clifford  $44,000 Woodside Learning Center, the school located inside the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center proposes to partner with Teaching Artist, Maddy Clifford. Maddy has been a WritersCorps artist on site for the past three years and would continue to facilitate creative writing classes each Friday at the site, provide individualized feedback to students, the invited guest speakers to visit the site and produce a final student publication in April.
Robyn Carter  $44,000 Redding Elementary School seeks support from the SFAC for Robyn Carter to serve as a teaching artist in residence with 45 students in grade 3, providing an hourlong writing session each school day. The residency will span 36 weeks, beginning September 5, 2016. Students will be split into groups of 1015, each group attending 12 sessions per week with the teaching artist.
Tina Bartolome  $44,000 The CREATE Arts Education program is a partnership between lead agency, Oasis For Girls, and artist, Tina Bartolome serving over 30 low income young women of color. The theme for this year’s CREATE program will be “Frisco’s Daughters”, exploring participants individual and collective identity as daughters and expanding traditional notions of family to consider their dynamic relationship to the changing city and what it means to be raised by a place."

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125