2018 Grantees

In FY 2018 $4,637,258 was awarded to 178 arts nonprofits and individual artists. Congratulations to our 2018 grantees!

Full List of Grant Categories

Vanessa Sanchez with La Mezcla Group. Photo: Alexa Trevino

Artists and Communities in Partnership - Social Justice

AfroSolo Theatre Company  $18,497 SFAC funds will be used to support "Writing for Life," a series of classes in theater and creative writing for formerly incarcerated men, in partnership with Mentoring Men's Movement. AfroSolo Theatre Company Artistic Director, Thomas Simpson, will lead participants in theater games, activities, and guided writing exercises that result in individual letters in which participants tell their own story, written to youth at risk of entering or already in the juvenile justice system. The series will conclude with a staged reading of the letters, directed by Thomas Simpson.
Chinese for Affirmative Action  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist Mlin to work with ten to fifteen Chinese for Affirmative Actio n (CAA) leaders to co-create mixed media art of photo portraits coupled with oral histories to redefine and reshape the narrative of Chinese immigrants, from one centered on the American Dream to one rooted in the reality of the working class immigrant struggle. Through the production of their own mixed media art, to be exhibited at project's end, participants will learn how to connect with themselves and their interviewees to elicit, capture, and share stories, shaping larger societal views of immigrant experiences.
Coalition on Homelessness  $20,000 SFAC funds will support a collaboration between Artist and Organizer Leslie Dreyer and the Coalition on Homelessness to develop a visual and story-based archive of the belongings stolen from homeless residents during the city's sweeps, documenting the loss of cherished personal items alongside articles necessary for survival. She will design workshops with homeless residents to help them develop stories and artwork contextualizing the objects within the archive. Participants will develop documentary, artistic, and advocacy skills to steer right to rest and right to personal belongings campaigns.
Dolores Street Community Services  $20,000 SFAC funds will allow the Dolores Street Community Services (DLP/WC) to work with Andreina Maldonado to form a day labor and domestic worker choir. The choir will bridge a gender divide that separates these workers and will challenge them to harmonize, explore their personal stories, compose original songs, and develop their English skills. The choir will perform at significant community events, some where the DLP/WC is already present (political mobilizations, immigrant and worker rights press conferences, etc.) and others where the DLP/WC has no presence (senior centers, hospitals, neighborhood cultural celebrations, etc.).
Gabriela San Francisco  $9,623 SFAC funds will be used to support "SoMaganda (maganda = beautiful) Stories," a web series campaign that empowers Filipino women to own their diverse stories and encourage unifying perspectives that support immigrant rights and anti-displacement organizing efforts. Participants will engage in a community-based storytelling process using creative ways to share their migration and eviction stories with the public. The web series can be used as an advocacy and educational tool by participants and stakeholders to address these critical issues that are threatening families in San Francisco. 
Glide Foundation  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the creation of a GLIDE Leadership Academy, in which Tenderloin residents participate in a sixteen-week arts-based empowerment curriculum that gives them the civic and expressive arts skills to bring their voices to the tables of power. GLIDE and Skywatchers co­ facilitators will help participants to identify the social issues most important to them, create visions for social change, and pursue that change. Academy participants will be supported by GLIDE's existing programs as needed. Graduates will have the option to be part of a Community Advocacy Council at GLIDE.
Mujeres Unidas y Activas  $20,000 SFAC funds will help support new ways of addressing trauma and healing with Latina immigrant women at MUA. Lead artist, Violeta Luna, will train staff, volunteer group facilitators, and all Latina immigrant women, to implement multidisciplinary theatrical and somatic arts workshops within MUA. Workshop participants will engage their body and voice in a playful way using theatrical techniques as a tool for the creation and redefinition of the female body. MUA will integrate these techniques into its general meetings moving forward, ensuring that arts-based healing becomes focal to our work.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project   $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support free community-based filmmaking workshops conducted by Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP), with support from partner San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), as a component of their two-year collaborative project, "SafeSpace/NoPlace: LBTQ People of Color in San Francisco," a combination of filmmaking, projection technology, outdoor site-specific screenings, and community engagement events to shift public discourse and policy around vulnerable populations and public safety.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project  $17,900 SFAC funds will be used to support the first chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project's (Dis)location project: a multi-platform publication and workshop series centered on the issue of local housing justice. The first chapter of (Dis)location, "Black Exodus," focuses on historically Black neighborhoods in San Francisco. "Black Exodus" will serve as a platform for housing resources, community-powered archives, and oral history workshops that explore housing justice and center Black residents in the mapping of these neighborhoods' pasts, presents, and imagined futures.
Young Women's Freedom Center  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Young Women's Freedom Center’s (formerly the Center for Young Women's Development) multimedia project that engages incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, queer and transgender women, and gender nonconforming people in particular, in building voice and power. The Young Women’s Freedom Center will build sisterhood and community with these populations to create media that challenges perceptions of system-involved women and supports organizing for change.

Artists and Communities in Partnership - Youth

CommunityGrows  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a partnership between CommunityGrows and Youth Art Exchange (YAX) on a community arts project where youth from both programs will collaborate to design and build a Mobile Meditation Station that will be installed in CommunityGrows' Koshland Park. Facilitated by YAX faculty artist in architecture, Kali Gordon, this youth-to-youth exchange will engage youth in shaping the built and natural environments that foster mindfulness in a community to address issues of collective community stress and trauma.
Downtown Continuation High School  $20,000 Since 2011, Downtown Continuation High School (DHS) and American Conservatory Theatre Foundation (A.C.T.) have partnered to create an intensive arts education program for systemically marginalized youth. SFAC funds will be used to support the Acting for Critical Thought project where DHS students attend weekly acting classes at A.C.T., see A.C.T. productions, participate in workshops on theater-related professions, and write original texts performed at A.C.T. venues. The courses address social issues to engage students and provide a platform for unheard voices.
Flyaway Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 2018 GIRLFLY arts partnership with the Tenderloin Museum. Twenty girls will be recruited for paid internships with activities including aerial dance repertory, choreography, activism, and oral history workshops learning from people living in the Tenderloin.
Independence High School  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a yearlong "storytelling for activists" course at Independence High School. In collaboration with the digital media and humanities departments, the Story For All team will guide students in collecting and sharing oral histories through a variety of artistic mediums, culminating in a student-created exhibit and public presentations. The project will focus on the issues and recommendations uplifted through the storytelling process to promote community transformation. Students will cultivate creative expression, public speaking, advocacy, and leadership skills.
PUSH Dance Company  $9,623 SFAC funds will support PUSH Dance Company’s "Moplicity," a community art project developed in partnership with young African American women from the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic which seeks to explore the complex and varied arrangements of African American families and their value both within and outside of the community. "Moplicity" aims to shift the appreciation for African American family lives and the ways misperceptions have impacted the availability of medical care, especially for young women.
San Francisco Mime Troupe  $19,992 SFAC funds will support an education, play-development, and advocacy project working with fifteen Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) high schoolers to create a short play that will be used as a tool for ongoing environmental justice advocacy. Greenaction will present the history of the environmental justice struggle in BVHP. The San Francisco Mime Troupe will work with students to create and perform a short play framing the issues from their own perspective, sharing both the history, the current struggle, an audience call to action, and a short video intended for social media distribution to raise awareness and inspire action.
StageWrite  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the expansion of StageWrite's ADAPTS (Autism & Drama with Artists, Parents, Teachers & Students) program, serving students with autism at two San Francisco public elementary schools with integrated drama residencies. StageWrite will strengthen and expand our integrated classroom model using creative play to connect special needs students with typically developing peers. Through residencies, performances, and community outreach, we will foster awareness for the equitable treatment of all students.
Streetside Stories  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Streetside Stories' storytelling arts programming in partnership with Mission Graduates at Flynn Elementary School in afterschool hours and during the summer months. Streetside will offer six workshops, each averaging twenty hours of instruction, to reach more than 90 Mission District students in grades two through five. In each workshop, students explore their lives through creative writing, comics, photography, animation, visual arts, and performance. Students will reflect on their unique narratives of identity, focusing on self, family, and community.
Success Center San Francisco  $17,900 SFAC funds will be used to support Expressions from Our Youth (EOY), an annual playwriting and visual arts expo presented by Success Center SF (SCSF) in partnership with Each One Reach One (EORO). EOY focuses on at-risk or incarcerated youth aged 16-20. Studies show at-risk youth who participate in arts-based programs have better grades and learn to process negative feelings positively. In line with this, SCSF will contract with EORO to hire trained theater/artist professionals to mentor youth in crafting original plays and paintings.
Women's Audio Mission  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to expand bilingual (Spanish/English) arts instructional staff for Girls on the Mic, a groundbreaking program that partners with local schools to provide free music production and media arts training/mentoring to 1,500+ SF Bay Area middle and high school girls every year from vulnerable communities (96% low income/90% girls of color). The program endows girls with digital media arts skills through hands-on creative projects that amplify their voices and support self-expression, develops future leaders, and increases representation of marginalized voices in music/media production.

Arts for Neighborhood Vitality

Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees for the 8th Annual Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival held on September 22, 2018 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. The program will include performances by twelve cultural organizations and an exhibition featuring culinary, textile, and kite-making displays and demonstrations.
Brava! for Women in the Arts  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 7th Annual Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances, which will take place in May 2019 in the lower 24th Street corridor and throughout alleyways in the Mission District. Brava's collaborative and performance partners include Precita Eyes Muralists, Loco Bloco, Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, Mariachi Juvenil La Misión, and others. Brava's partner, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, will help implement the celebration. The 2019 event will serve approximately 800 audience members over the course of the day-long celebration.
Chinese Historical Society America  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artists participating in the February 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration in Chinatown. This free day event will include poetry readings, community poetry workshop/activities, mural painting, and lion dancing.
Genryu Arts  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support staff and artist fees for Genryu Arts 7th Annual Japan Day in San Francisco Japantown scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2019 from 12 p.m to  4 p.m. 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 as well as San Francisco's friendship with Japan in the post-WWII era.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artists, permits/space, and marketing efforts for the 27th Annual Children's Day Festival in San Francisco Japantown on May 4, 2019. This free event is open to the public and provides a unique multi-cultural experience to over 2,000 residents and visitors through diverse performing arts, crafts, activity booths, and cultural demonstrations. This festival also serves as a fundraiser for cultural and arts organizations and has provided exposure for small businesses in Japantown, as well as the greater Fillmore and Western Addition community.
Precita Eyes Muralists   $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the annual Urban Youth Arts Festival in Precita Park which offers young people in the Mission neighborhood the chance to learn and practice mural painting techniques with local artists and youth from Precita’s Youth Arts Program. This free festival provides art materials, painting panels, a kid's art activity area, exhibits of mural art, food, and entertainment for families and children who have little exposure to the creation of art. Youth Arts Program students develop and plan the festival learning organizational skills under the guidance of their teachers.
Salsa Festival on Fillmore  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the artists' fees for the July 2018 Salsa Festival on Fillmore, a two-night, free, outdoor event that presents two ten to twenty-piece Latino music ensembles and a Bay Area Latino dance company. This event will serve an estimated 2,500 people at the Fillmore Center Plaza.
The Village Project  $5,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the artists' fees and publicity expenses for the February 2019 Mardi Gras—San Francisco Style. This event begins 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. This project will serve an estimated 600 people.

Cultural Equity Initiatives

African-American Shakespeare Company  $30,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the hiring of a consultant to create a five-year strategic plan focusing on two initiatives: 1) expanding programming to include new playwrights to develop our capacity towards finding tomorrow's classics today, and 2) finding a new performance space in San Francisco for the company to continue building its capacity and developing as a theater company.  
Asian Improv aRts  $29,999 SFAC funds will be used to support a six-month strategic planning process from July through December 2018, supporting the co-founder and creative director's salary to lead the process, as well as covering the administrative director's time and honoraria for community and expert informants to participate in the planning process.
Aunt Lute Foundation  $60,000 SFAC funds will be used to develop a three-year plan that will include 1) hiring a part-time community outreach person to create new blogs and online writing contests and to promote further partnership in community events in order to identify new writers from diverse communities and 2) hiring an administrative assistant who will share the responsibilities of an executive director, including grant writing, funder outreach, and creation of systems for administrative operations. The plan will also include a major fundraising event for large donors as well as identifying new private foundations.
Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a multi-year endowment campaign that aims to establish the first­ ever self-standing endowment for Indian classical dance and provide the critical support CCDDC needs in order to sustain the delivery of high-quality arts programming (performances and education) in San Francisco and beyond for generations to come.

Cultural Conservancy

$100,00 SFAC funds will be used to support the expansion of vital programming and media space for our existing community programs and the implementation of a media training center to deliver culturally-specific education, trainings and resources. This includes both the development of the space and contracting and hiring of specialists and educators in media, allowing us to take the collaboration of our media production and educational programs to the next level and supporting our vision to grow as a hub for Indigenous knowledge, resources, and storytelling.
Cultural Odyssey  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to implement activities included in Cultural Odyssey's recently completed marketing and strategic plans. The initiative will increase the company's long-term financial health and its capacity to earn income. Awarded funds will be used to contract with three specialists: a booking agent, a retirement specialist, and an archivist, who will organize Cultural Odyssey's files and records in a format that meets the standards of the nation's leading humanities collections.
Dancing Earth Creations $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Dancing Earth Creations implementation of our strategic plan by providing salaries for a director and a part-time manager. We currently have a staff of three (director, director's assistant, and bookkeeper/grant writer). The part-time manager role will be crucial in implementing our strategic plan via administrative support, fundraising and development, and public relations. Salaries for these new hires will ensure that work created in the 2018 and 2019 programming will be able to develop and grow in the Bay Area.
Eth-Noh-Tec  $42,150 SFAC funds will be used to strengthen Eth-Noh-Tee's administrative capacity by establishing a new general manager position. This contractor will coordinate the company's marketing, fundraising, social networking, and financial management activities and the activities of all contractors working in these areas. Eth-Noh-Tee's co-artistic directors will provide hands-on on-the-job training to the general manager so that by the grant period's conclusion they will only be minimally engaged in the company's day-to-day management activities.
Eye Zen Presents  $28,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Eye Zen's capacity-increase initiative that includes increasing the artistic director's paid administrative time commitment, establishing a part-time managing director position, and conducting the organization's first strategic planning process. The new managing director position will be Eye Zen's first year-round staff to join Founder and Artistic Director, Seth Eisen.
Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers  $7,952 SFAC funds will be used to support the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers to work with Arts Management Consultant Richard Aldag to develop a multi-year strategic plan, with a goal of creating a map for organizational growth that will assist the festival in achieving its full potential as an important addition to San Francisco's annual cultural offerings.
Golden Thread Productions  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Golden Thread's strategic capacity and sustainability initiatives to grow the staff to four full-time employees and raise staff salaries to meet the federal minimum requirement.
Kulintang Arts, Inc.  $74,797 SFAC funds will be used to support Kularts in strengthening its long term staff capacity and implementing a thoughtful succession process for long-time Executive and Artistic Director, Alleluia Panis. This includes 1) training and mentorship for the newly hired managing director; 2) increasing  additional capacity through the growth of board and advisors and 3) structuring of informal programs (mentorships, advisory work) and recording of institutional knowledge.
La Pocha Nostra  $72,335 SFAC funds will be used to support two new part-time positions, a business manager and an administrative assistant, provide staff with health insurance benefits, and contract with a strategic planning consultant to update our current strategic plan by extending it to cover fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021. SFAC support will also assist the organization in maintaining its artistic presence in the Bay Area by strengthening its administrative infrastructure.
Lenora Lee Dance  $48,491 SFAC funds will be used to support Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) in its 2018-2020 organizational engagement initiative, which includes 1) creating a paid full-time Artistic Director position to be held by Lenora Lee 2) a new paid full-time Company Manager position to be held by Shannon Preto and 3) a new paid full-time Fundraising and Outreach Manager position to be held by Tim Huey.
Manilatown Heritage Foundation  $16,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Manilatown Heritage Foundation in the establishment of an organizational financial system and to hire one part-time facility manager.
PUSH Dance Company  $30,870 SFAC funds will be used to support PUSH Dance Company in an initiative to implement the Company's first strategic plan. Grant funds will go towards building staff capacity, increasing website interactivity, increasing professional resources for sustainability, and to hire one of its administrators to implement operations.
Robert Moses' Kin  $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Robert Moses' Kin as it develops a strategic plan, hire an executive director and expand the positions of managing director and artistic liaison. All positions will be directly or indirectly key to a successful planning process. The plan will focus on building the organization's individual donor program, board development, and revenue generating activities.
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

 $13,200

SFAC funds will be used to support a strategic planning process for The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BA TCO). The process will include hiring and working with a consultant to develop a strategic plan, transitioning our co-founders to artistic director and executive director from volunteer to part-time paid positions, respectively, allow for further development of BATCO's current infrastructure, and implement the strategic plan.
San Francisco Black Film Festival  $21,875 SFAC funds will be used to increase the artistic director's compensation from its current level of $16,000 in 2017-2018 to $24,800 in 2018-2019 and to $27,000 in 2019-2020. It will also underwrite the fee of a planning consultant who will assist the Board and staff to formulate and implement fundraising and audience engagement strategies SFBFF will pursue over the next two years.
San Francisco Mime Troupe   $90,000 SFAC funds will be used to establish a development department comprising two different contractors coordinating San Francisco Mime Troupe's individual donor solicitations and grant writing activities. The two-year initiative will strengthen the Troupe's grant writing capacity and expand individual giving, which exceeded $192,000 in 2016. In the long-term, the initiative's successful implementation will enable the company to expand its income and to significantly increase compensation paid to our ten-member artistic collective.
Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center  $24,550 SFAC funds will be used to expand the time commitment of our executive director and contract with a freelance development coordinator. The initiative will strengthen Small Press Traffic's (SPT) administrative, financial, programming, audience development capacities, and consolidate SPT's reputation as a leader in the country's innovative world of literature.
Still Here Productions

 $9,811

SFAC funds will support Still Here Productions' evolution into a professionally managed and sustainable non-profit arts organization. The initiative will increase the director's time commitment from sixteen to 32 hours per 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. 

Youth Art Exchange

 $90,000

SFAC funds will be used to support Youth Art Exchange's (YAX) resource development initiative to build staff and board capacity and efforts to increase unrestricted contributed revenue through individual giving. Resource development consultants will guide YAX in developing a comprehensive major gifts campaign plan template that engages stakeholders throughout the organization with realistic financial goals, benchmarks, timelines, and tools and training to support its implementation and tracking.

Creative Space - Facilities

Art Space Development Corporation   $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support improvements to double our current capacity from 35 to 70 attendees. We will upgrade our 500 square foot exhibition/event space into a high-quality community resource/arts center, improving flooring, adding a high quality sound system, and additional seating to increase capacity for workshops and performances. We will expand our capacity by developing our outdoor area into usable performance space with landscaping, bench seating,  increased storage to facilitate interaction among our artists and the Mission community, and add an intercom system for public street access.
EXIT Theater  $44,863 SFAC funds will be used to upgrade the bathrooms at EXIT Theater making them gender neutral, more environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and sanitary.
Joe Goode Performance Group  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the installation of a wall to address the noise from increased traffic in the Joe Goode Annex, which will help minimize distraction/carryover of sound from the office and lobby to the studio space and assist with safe and up to code audience flow. Funds will also support infilling of a sliding door in the studio to control sound bleed and temperature and a sound system that can be fine-tuned to replace our rudimentary one. This will make the Annex more flexible for rental clients with diverse tech needs and will further address the sound bleed issue.
LEVYdance  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to improve the safety, security, and technical capacity of LEVYdance's SoMa studio which serves over 10,000 visitors and the Bay Area dance community each year. Funds will support entryway upgrades, the building of a permanent ramp for handicap acces, the addition of exterior lighting, surveillance cameras, signage to increase visibility and safety, and replace a temporary lighting rig. Remaining funds will be used for soundproofing and sound equipment upgrades, which will increase studio rentals, bring an additional 3,000 students, and make our studio ADA accessible.
Blue Bear School of Music  $100,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the build-out of Blue Bear's new programming and outreach space at 1850 Bryant Street in the Mission district. From this new location, Blue Bear will be able to better reach residents of the southeast sector of the city who, up until now, have had limited access to our Fort Mason headquarters. We expect to serve an estimated 300 youth and adults from our new location annually. These funds will customize and equip the Bryant Street space for music lessons, outreach programming, and performance activities.
Performing Arts Workshop  $99,998 SFAC funds will be used to support tenant improvements at the Geneva Powerhouse to transform it into a vibrant youth-oriented community arts and events space. Performing Arts Workshop’s relocation there in 2018 will launch the Powerhouse Studio Arts Program, expanding access to arts education for youth in the Excelsior/OMI and establish a cultural anchor in this historically underserved part of San Francisco. The project  will create an accessible and welcoming studio/classroom and a publicly accessible performance and event space.

Creative Space - Planning 

ABADÁ - Capoeira San Francisco  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a feasibility study and financial and management assessments to determine possible scenarios for ABADÁ - Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) as we face prohibitive rental costs of our leased facility. Funds will also be used to plan a capital campaign. In April 2017, we renewed lease of the space we’ve occupied since 2002. However, due to increased rental rates we predict we won’t be able to afford rent by the end of the five-year term. This grant will support consultants and staff to create an action plan that ensures the sustainability of ACSF as a San Francisco-based organization.
GLBT Historical Society  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the GLBT Historical Society’s efforts to establish a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco. The project will include a feasibility study, including financial and management analysis, market analysis, and other data. Establishment of a full-scale museum for queer history and culture in San Francisco will ensure long-term stability for society, provide educational opportunities for local residents and visitors, and allow society to exhibit the richly diverse stories represented in its archives and in the community.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a feasibility study and development plan that will identify options for the negotiation of a new lease, partnering for a sublease, or securing a new office/facility in San Francisco through rental or purchase, and prepare QWOCMAP to submit applications for technical and financial assistance grants. A stable home will allow QWOCMAP to shift toward the next phase of its growth, which will increase staff and expand programs locally and transnationally to serve its historically marginalized communities.
Roxie Theater  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the pre-planning, creation, and implementation of a capital campaign to assist the Roxie in raising funds to obtain permanent control of the Roxie Theater site. Ownership of the Roxie Theater and its adjacent storefronts (Dalva and Little Roxie) will allow the organization to continue operations outside of the pressures of the fluctuating Mission commercial rental market. The Roxie would additionally be able to engage in long-term planning and capital improvements which are not currently possible in a shorter term lease situation.

Individual Artist Commission

Alleluia Panis  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support for creation and development of Alleluia Panis’ latest dance and video work, "Living in the Belly of the Eagle," in collaboration with musician Rachel Lastimosa and media artist Wilfred Galila. The piece will explore the painful legacy of internalized racism and misogyny that manifests in overt and stealth exploitation and xenophobia within the Pilipino community in pursuit of the American Dream. This phase of the project will culminate in three to six workshop performances with six to eight dancers in March 2019 at Bindlestiff Studio.
Ami Molinelli  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the recording and release of "A History of Choro," as well as educational workshops. The album will chronicle over 160 years of Brazil’s first national music, “choro.” Musical styles to be recorded are of the African Lundu, Batuque, European Valsa and Polca, and Maxixe styles that created Choro music and paralleled America’s jazz music with Indigenous, European, and African influences. This CD was recorded in September 2018 and will be released in March of 2019. SFAC funds will support travel costs for my collaborators, recording costs, and commission fees.
Anne Bluethenthal  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Hurricane Crack," a performance piece created in collaboration with the artist Shakiri. Hurricane culls Anne Bluethenthal’s seven years of working directly with formerly homeless Tenderloin residents to explore the devastation the forty-years long crack epidemic has wreaked on communities. The work will mine longtime relationships with Tenderloin residents and the core creative relationship between Anne Bluethenthal and Shakiri. "Hurricane Crack" will be presented in the Tenderloin for neighborhood residents and wider San Francisco performance audiences.
Aureen Almario  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Lola’s Story," a multidisciplinary theater performance using shadow puppetry and live theater inspired by the lola or grandma’s narrative in the controversial article, “My Family’s Slave,” by Alex Tizon. Written and directed by veteran puppeteer of ShadowLight Productions, Aureen Almario, with a musical score by Joshua Icban, live performances will take place at Bindlestiff Studio.
Beth Custer  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Air, Earth, Water," an evening-length oratorio about global warming solutions based on the writings of Paul Hawken in his book Drawdown. Composed and produced by Beth Custer, the work will be premiered by The Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble in performance with Custer and a percussionist at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
Caroline Cabading  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Manilatown Suite," a live jazz-kulintang-ganza performance inspired by San Francisco's Historic Manilatown, the 1977 International Hotel Eviction, and present-day Manilatown. Kulintang and ganza are the indigenous pre-colonial gong music traditions of the Philippines. Created and produced by Caroline Cabading, related community engagement workshops, open rehearsals and live performances will take place at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in San Francisco. 
Christy Funsch  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Christy Funsch’s "Fabricating Desire," a full-length contemporary dance work for ten dancers that responds to visual artist Cybele Lyle’s sculptural design. Lyle will install (and the performers will continually resituate) her lightweight wooden sculptures in the space to influence the dance performance. The arrangement of the sculptures determines the vocabularies, groupings, and duration of the dance. Choreographed and directed by Christy Funsch, live performances will take place at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco each night from March 4-10, 2019.
Conrad J. Benedicto  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Kulintang Dialect," a series of original kulintang music compositions exploring the idea of an American kulintang music tradition with its own distinctive accent. These compositions will be offered to the public in a series of workshop presentations and performances, eventually culminating in the production of a music album.
Daniel Lee  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support composer Dan Lee’s musical project "Scrabbel," in the creation and performance of a new work that retells the old Korean folktale Chilseok, through a contemporary lens. Paired with projected illustrations by Korean American artist, Hellen Jo, Dan Lee will create a collection of songs that incorporates Korean traditional instruments with western indie rock instrumentation bridging a cultural divide and giving life to new sounds. An accompanying CD will feature the original music and illustrated artwork.
Derek Schmidt  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the finalization, audio production, and public presentation of Major Arcana, an original music work consisting of 22 songs, each  representing one of the trump cards of the Western tarot deck. Music will be written and composed by Derek Schmidt working with San Francisco audio engineer Dan Wool and a professional mastering service, and will be arranged by Derek Schmidt for live performance in collaboration with video artist Mason Buck and publicly presented at Brava Cabaret Theater in the Spring of 2019 for one night that will attract 50 people.
Elizabeth-Starbright Bilyck  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the writing, research, and development of a new play "Before/After." Written by myself and produced with the support of Campo Santo, "Before/After" is inspired by gentrification's disproportionate impact on San Francisco's African American population and the ways in which the same mechanics of privilege are mirrored in the gentrified rebranding of the marijuana dispensary business/industry. Campo Santo will produce my new work during their residency at A.C.T.'s Strand in the Summer of 2019.
Fely Tchaco  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a February 2019 concert of my original music at San Francisco’s African American Art and Culture Complex. My performance will include at least ten new songs from my latest album, which will be released at my concert. My songs are written in English, French, and my native Gouro language spoken in the West African nation of the Ivory Coast. A five-member music ensemble and two dancers will accompany my performance. The awarded funds will support the project’s artist, musician and recording fees, venue rental expenses, marketing costs, and concert.
Gang Situ  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and development of a 30-minute piece for guzheng and harp. My piece will demonstrate the differences and similarities between the two instruments in solos, while experimenting with the several effects made possible by the playing of the instruments together. I envision each instrument as a character, their interactions as a conversation, and their playing together as a story. I will workshop the piece at the Chinese Cultural Productions’ studio in February 2019 and it will premiere at Melody of China’s season concert in June 2019.
Idris Ackamoor  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Idris Ackamoor to compose a new musical to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of his jazz/world music ensemble "The Pryamids." Inspired and illuminated by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the production will be a contemporary adaption of this ancient text reflecting on issues as topical as modern man's struggles with racism, religious persecution, the present-day conflict between "the West" and Islam, as well as the modern understanding of "religion" as belief in a higher power and a life after death.
Jason Hanasik  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Descending into Darkness" (working title), a verbatim play about the life of John Kapellas, a man who has lived in complete darkness, for medical reasons, for the last decade. Written and produced by Jason Hanasik, two staged readings of the play will take place at Goldstein Studios in 2019. The goal is to have "Descending into Darkness" be part of the 2019 Queer Arts Festival.
Jon Jang  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Jon Jang to compose "A Chinaman’s Chance, a Choy’s Chance," a musical work with text that will pay tribute to the legacy of Philip Choy (1926-2017), historian and leader of the Chinese Historical Society of America who fought for the recognition of the Chinese immigrant workers who built the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, among other contributions to Chinese American public history. The work will be performed by the Jon Jangtet in collaboration with poet performer, Genny Lim. 
Jose Abad  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and premiere of "(Dis)Integration," a collaborative experimental performance ritual developed by QTPOC artists of varying diasporic lineages. Using dance, storytelling, and ritual reconstructed in contemporary form, the project will explore the ideas of queer futurity and the de-centralization of whiteness in the formation of a new American identity. The piece will premiere at Zaccho Studio in the Hunter’s Point/Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco from March 29-31, 2019.
Keith Hennessy  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Haggle," a live performance by seven dancers choreographed by Keith Hennessy that addresses the current crisis of social and political polarization. Working from a queer perspective and with mostly LGBTQ artists, "Haggle" will manifest in three variations: a theatrical performance, a public site performance, and a three-hour interactive experience. The choreography is based on dance practices and social experiments developed during Social Dancing (aka Negotiation), a workshop and research project Hennessy taught numerous times throughout 2017 in the US and abroad.
Keli Dailey  $14,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Surviving San Francisco," a one-woman multimedia performance with satirist and educator Keli Dailey. Based on interviews with San Francisco residents and co-produced by Dailey and KALW public radio, this artwork will explore the challenges, ideas, and trends shaping the most expensive American city to call home. Live performances will take place at Media Alliance, Stage Werx, and the San Francisco main library, with a companion broadcast shared on KALW.
Kerensa DeMars  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development of "Volver," a contemporary flamenco production of dances of solace and sorrow. "Volver" was presented at the Brava Theater in San Francisco in October 2018.
Kevin Seaman  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the presentation of Kevin Seaman’s "#femmasculine," an interdisciplinary theater performance utilizing dance, drag performance, video, and new media to explore the intersection of gender and sexuality among gay men. Written by John Caldon and Kevin Seaman and directed by Beatrice Thomas, "#femmascuilne" will attract an audience of 500 people to nine performances at Brava Theatre’s Cabaret in May 2019.
Krissy Keefer  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Sin Palabras," a new dance-theater piece by Krissy Keefer that explores ways that people and their protest are actively being silenced. "Sin Palabras" will premiere at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco in April 2019.
Lauren Malbroux  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "How to Be," an immersive theater performance that explores the intersections of identity in San Francisco. A "dramedy" the script will be based off narratives sourced from interviews of San Francisco residents and community conversations. Each performance will be accompanied with an interactive talk-back exploring parts of the performance with community representatives from various spaces.
Lauren Simpson  $13,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of a new work, "Still Life No. 10," an interactive gallery experience and performance. Shows will take place at Joe Goode Annex in March 2019.
Lenora Lee  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and performance of "Beneath the Surface," my first underwater multimedia dance experience which premiered September 22-30, 2018 in the beautifully renovated San Francisco YMCA swimming pool on Sacramento Street. Collaborators included Composer and Video Shoot Director Tatsu Aoki, Multimedia Designer Olivia Ting, and eight dancers. Funds will support artist fees.
Lily Cai  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of "Phantom," a dance piece that will explore the spiritual preoccupations of Chinese people from the ancient past to the present inspired by the drawings of the late contemporary Chinese artist Guo Fengyi Cai. "Phantom," in collaboration with five Lily Cai Company dancers, will apply her recent choreographic techniques to Fengyi’s belief in the body and spirit as transmitters of meaning. The development process will culminate in a public workshop at Chinese Cultural Productions’ South of Market studio.
Lincoln Basaing  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development of a new work by Ledoh and Salt Farm about climate change called "Poolready!" During a monthlong residency at The Luggage Store Annex at 509 Ellis Street in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, Ledoh will develop movement and visual narrative in collaboration with dancer Monique Goldwater and video artist Perry Hallinan. These experiments culminated in the presentation of a work-in-progress performance to the public in the gallery and outside in the adjacent Tenderloin National Forest on the evenings of October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2018.
Megan Finlay  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Don’t Miss It," a low tech, science-fiction theater piece set in a post apocalyptic, future earth led by women. It is a show about power, xenophobia, and technology, and tells the story of multiple characters (both human and alien) with three performers, three video projectors, and multiple puppets. It is a devised piece written by Tess Middlebrook and the company and created from scratch in a collaborative rehearsal process. The show is directed by Megan Finlay, has puppets and video created by Ian Greeb, and will perform nine shows at Z Below in the Mission.
Melody Takata  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a new interdisciplinary work entitled “Mu No Kukan = Space for Nothingness," a 45-minute work featuring taiko performer and dancer, Melody Takata, saxophonist, Francis Wong, bassist, shamisen (three string Japanese lute), taiko artist, and experimental filmmaker, Tatsu Aoki of Chicago, and tuba performer, William Roper. The work will be developed over the course of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, culminating in three premiere performances at Tateuchi Hall in San Francisco Japantown.
Michael Phelan  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support “I Could Tell You Were A ___________ of Distinction,” a duet performance that blends drag techniques with contemporary dance practices. Created and performed by Mica Sigourney and collaborator Monique Jenkinson, the performance explores bodies, gender, and how drag continues to illuminate new possibilities for queer existence. The work will be presented for more than 500 attendees at both CounterPulse and The Stud Bar, bringing contemporary dance to nightlife and drag to a performance art stage.
Nancy Wang  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation, development, and production of “Mandarin Inn," a multi-media theatrical storytelling piece about the rise and fall of Chin Fan Foin, an immigrant from China. Journalists called him “the richest Chinaman in this country” in the early 1900s, until he died in a mysterious "accident" at age 43 in his upscale Chicago restaurant. Or was it an accident? I will premiere this production in May and June 2019 at the United States of Asian American Festival and at the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason Center. 
Nicole Calasich  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Some of Your Best Friends," a combination theatrical and video comedy performance inspired by the original standup comedy written and produced by San Francisco comedians, Nicole Calasich Arraya and Prateek Srivastava. Funds will support live stage readings of scenes/episodes in the revision process, research to feature local musicians and artists in the final production, and a final performance at PianoFight, Brava Theater, or Mission Cultural Center.
Niloufar Talebi  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support my work as producing artist to premiere “Abraham in Flames,” an opera inspired by the Iranian poet, Ahmad Shamlou, trials by fire, and a Tree of Life, to empower young women in their journey to agency. “Abraham” is created, written, and produced by me, composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov, and directed by Roy Rallo. The opera’s first half was workshopped September to October 2017 in San Francisco. The opera premieres in Spring 2019 in San Francisco. “Abraham” is written for the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, vocalists, and musical ensemble featuring the San Francisco-based The Living Earth Show.
Oliver Saria  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the completion of "Nurses' Station," NURSES' STATION, a full-length darkly comedic stage play inspired by the lawsuit Filipino nurses filed against their employer, a private hospital that enacted an English-only language policy that unjustly singled out the Filipino staff. The lawsuit resulted in the largest language discrimination settlement in US legal history. Written by Oliver Saria, with staged-reading to take place at Bindlestiff Studio.
Paul Flores  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Pilgrim Street" (working title), a new multimedia docu-theater project focusing on the profound experiences of a small community struggling to survive California's intersecting punishment systems. Written by and featuring San Francisco playwright, poet, and spoken word artist, Paul S. Flores, directed by Sean San Jose of Campo Santo Theater Company, and commissioned by Youth Speaks, live performances will take place at Z Space Theater in San Francisco' Mission District in Fall 2018.
Richard Marriott  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and performance of a score for "Goona Goona," a 1932 Balinese silent film which features seminal appearances by legendary dancers from a culture and location that was considered very exotic and unfamiliar to its intended audience at the time. Composed by Richard Marriott, the score will be performed by members of the Club Foot Orchestra and feature Balinese guest artists in solo roles. The performance will take place at the Castro Theater in late May 2019 as part of the 2019 San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Ross Travis  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development and production of "Tempting Fate" (working title), a three-person bouffon spectacle that satirically investigates the risks of climate change. Created by the ensemble of Antic in a Drain, produced by Ross Travis, and directed by Stephen Buescher, a two-week run of performances will take place at Little Boxes Theater in May of 2019.
Rotimi Agbabiaka  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "The Manifesto Project" (working title), an hour-long solo performance piece exploring the quest of a queer, Black, immigrant actor to combat the rise of fascism in America through their art. The work will premiere in June 2019 at the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco. Awarded SFAC funds will underwrite the research, writing, rehearsals, and production costs including artists’ and technical fees, venue rental, insurance, and promotional expenses.
Sara Shelton Mann  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development and premiere of "Vortex," a new multidisciplinary dance piece directed and choreographed by myself that will begin as a collaboration with two to three composers. My goal in "Vortex" is to ask sound to present itself as a multitude of characters as the beginning and to reveal image and movement as a reflection of its sourcing, like flashes of lightning illuminating the night sky. After generating the score, I will work with two to three dancers to develop the movement. The piece will be presented March 1-2, 2019 at the Joe Goode Annex in Project Artaud.
Sascha Jacobsen  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Kanta Judezmo," an oratorio telling the story of the Ladino language, sung and narrated in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Spanish and English, composed by Sascha Jacobsen and performed by The Musical Art Quintet, with mezzo-soprano, Melinda Becker, and poet, Bobby Coleman. Live performances will take place in collaboration with Classical Revolution, The Red Poppy Art House, and the Neighborhood Performance Program.
Sean Dorsey  $15,000 SFAC funds will support the creation and premiere of part one of my new full-length work "Dreams of the More or Less Possible." Created through participatory community residencies, the work will explore intersecting, imagined futures through the eyes of six trans and queer travelers. These travelers relay stories back to us from six different distant futures that reveal the status of gender, whiteness, race, and queerness in those futures. Part One will be performed April 18-20, 2019 at Z Space. Awarded funds will support my creative fee and the fees of my dancers.
Seiichi Tanaka  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Drums for Peace," a new taiko composition by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, that premiered November 2018 as part of the 50th Annual International Taiko Festival. Seiichi Tanaka is considered the father of modern taiko in North America. "Drums for Peace" remembers war horrors, specifically the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, so that we learn from, and not repeat, history. 
Tessa Wills  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support The TIWIW Festival, a theater piece dismantling the problematic and painful structures around us by making public the personal, our fantasies and desires, as a political strategy and raising up queerness as an invaluable lens to do so. I am committed to doing this through socially engaged practice with strong aesthetic value and enough professional artist experience to create world class pieces of work.
Vanessa Sanchez  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development, expansion, and presentation of “Pachuquismo,” an all female, full-length theater performance that explores the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. Through Tap, Son Jarocho, live music, and video projection, we explore early Chicanx history, systemic racism and the experience of the unseen Pachuca. The full-length premiere took place August 25-26, 2018 at Dance Mission Theater.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto  $15,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Alif Para La Revolución," a collaborative multi-media performance written and produced by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The performance, inspired by global politics, attempts to imagine an alternate future and reality in which the marginalized claim space. Live performances will take place at SAFEHouse Arts on Eddy Street with workshops on queer future imaginings at the Asian Art Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

Organization Project Grants

3rd I South Asian Independent Film  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support 3rd i Films 16th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, which will take place over five days in November 2018 at the 1400-seat Castro Theater and New People Cinema. The Festival’s approximately fifteen programs will screen films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal as well as the work of filmmakers of South Asian descent living in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The Festival’s screenings showcase the diversity of the South Asian experience and challenge pervasive stereotypes about South Asian people.
ABD Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Tenderloin Home Tours, which brings professional artists and residents of the Tenderloin into collaboration to renovate their SRO rooms and create performance tours modeled after San Francisco’s tradition of historical Victorian “home walks” and open houses. Home Tours is a performance and visual art project aimed at 1) revealing the conditions of nonprofit-run supportive housing in the Tenderloin and 2) offering an alternative model to current practices which do not include residents in the design or renovation of new affordable and supportive housing.
Arab Film Festival  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the presentation of the 22nd edition of the Arab Film Festival (AFF) held in San Francisco in September and October 2018. The oldest and largest festival of its kind in the United States, AFF will continue to exhibit 50-70 films, many of which will be national premieres, and host 15-20 visiting filmmakers and artists.
Asian American Women Artists Association  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Agrarianaa," an exhibition inspired by the rich history of Asian Pacific American (APA) agricultural activities, related crafts, and present-day community farming and how it relates to our cultural legacies, art practice, and community placemaking. Artworks will relate to three themes 1) APA agricultural history 2) art practices rooted in agriculture-related crafts and 3) contemporary community and family farming. "Agriarianaa" will expand narratives of APA, increase art opportunities for APA women, and present engaging and culturally relevant art to local audiences.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the commission and presentation of a new work by artist Nancy Hom as well as a retrospective of her 45-year career in San Francisco. Curated by Melanie Elvena and presented by the 509 Cultural Center/Luggage Store Gallery, the show will include selected silkscreens, photos of past sculptures and mandalas, and her process. Her new work will be an evolving mandala on San Francisco as a political, cultural, and environmental sanctuary city. She will engage community members in the making of items for the mandala as it morphs into a new display during the course of the exhibition.
Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and commissioning phase culminating in a work in progress performance of "Songs of Protest," a new work by composer and instrumentalist, Van Anh Vo. The primary goal of the work will be to represent voices of women interpreting current challenges to the notion of traditional female roles in this 21st century as well as the tension and harmony resulting from these parallels. The work will utilize new music for Vietnamese and Western instruments, ambient sound, spoken word, historical objects, and live media.
Bay Bridged Inc.  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support musician performance fees, sound equipment rentals, a live sound engineer, and security staffing for the 2018 Phono del Sol Summer Music Social. This free, day-long, all ages concert on July 21, 2018 presented performances by six San Francisco Bay Area bands from a variety of musical genres at the bandshell in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park.
Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology   $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology's (BAYCAT) “Zoom In World Premiere” events, happening at the end of fall, spring, and summer terms, and hosted at local San Francisco cultural institutions. Zoom In events showcase youth voices by screening their films, animations and music videos about critical cultural and social issues, from the perspectives of youth themselves. These events create an opportunity to celebrate diverse youth artists, build social justice awareness, and amplify community dialogue.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival  $11,349 SFAC funds will be used to support the cost of equipment rental and the technical expertise required in staging and producing the indoor and outdoor season screenings of Opening Night, the Film Crawl on Cortland, Under the Stars at Precita Park, Best of Bernal finale, and three Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker screenings in January, April and June 2019. Additionally, the funds will support the design and production of marketing and outreach materials including postcards, programs, posters, street banners, transit shelter posters, and online and newspaper advertisements.
Campo Santo  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Candlestick," which a group of fans tailgating during the last 49ers season at Candlestick in our Bayview neighborhood. The conflict weaves together a host of pressing personal and social issues including gentrification and the changing face of the City, economic disparity, the NFL scandals (from Colin Kaepernick’s political activism on), and the relationship between fandom and civic and personal identity. It invites us to examine what constitutes our community, family, friends, and neighborhoods,  but in a way that builds a community in its audience, recreating the energy of a tailgate in performance.
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.
Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to produce Legacies in Flux, a festival of performances, panel discussions, and workshops on the traditional kathak solo. The solo is a performance format for kathak, classical dance from India, centered around improvisation and a traditional vocabulary grounded in Indian history and culture. The solo is being replaced by productions utilizing group choreography, high production value and Western contemporary vocabulary. Legacies in Flux brings artists and audiences together to examine the forces impacting kathak and chart a future for the endangered traditional solo.
Chinese Cultural Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Chinese Cultural Productions (CCP)’s 2018 Home Season concert, commemorating the company’s 30th Anniversary. The concert will include a new piece with original choreography by Lily Cai, along with two pieces from CCP’s repertoire, and was performed by the Lily Cai Dance Company in October 2018 at San Francsico’s Cowell Theatre.
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Chinese Culture Center (CCC) in producing the next iteration of our anchor series, the "Present Tense Biennial," an exhibition that showcases the practices of contemporary Chinese and non-Chinese artists around a timely curatorial theme. The 2019 edition of the program will be a multidisciplinary slate of artists’ projects titled "Task of Remembrance" reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. The exhibition and programs will take place during summer 2019 at CCC’s Visual Arts Center.
Chinese Historical Society of America  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Creative Spaces II," a residency project involving visual artist Cynthia Tom, dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, and graphic novel artist Katie Quan, each representing a generational cohort among artists coming out of the Chinatown experience. The project proposes to work with each artist to 1) engage with visitors in dialogue about San Francisco Chinatown as it relates to their artistic practice 2) create a work that is informed by the dialogue with visitors and 3) share an in-progress version of the new work as “findings” in a public program.
Chrysalis Studio  $19,418 SFAC funds will be used to support Chrysalis Studio’s Queer Ancestors Project, which will culminate in a Spring 2019 exhibition of linocut prints at the SF LGBT Community Center. The exhibition will feature work by ten queer transitional artists aged 18 to 26 created during a free eighteen-week workshop exploring printmaking and queer and trans history at SOMArts. The project will connect queer young artists to their ancestors, build community, and envision an LGBTQ future integrating the wisdom of our past.
Creative Labor: Queer Visual Artists Working Group  $10,200 SFAC funds will be used to support the curation, production, publicizing and documenting of Creative Labor’s 5th Annual visual arts exhibit. The exhibit, "Precarious Lives," will be open to the public during June 2019 at San Francisco’s SOMArts Cultural Center. "Precarious Lives" will exhibit the works of contemporary LGBTQ artists whose artistic practice builds coalitions between and encourages the collective action of many intersectional LGBTQ communities. Awarded funds will support this project’s artists’ fees, director’s fee, and publicity expenses.
Croatian Cultural Center of San Francisco  $16,915 SFAC funds will be used to produce the annual day-long Tanchaz Hungarian Dance House at the Croatian American Cultural Center’s 300+-seat San Francisco venue. The event will feature six Hungarian soloists and ensembles, a master class, a children’s workshop, participatory dancing, and traditional Hungarian food and wine. Awarded funds will be used to underwrite the project’s artist fees and production costs.
Cultural Conservancy $20,000

SFAC funds will be used to support a Guardians of the Waters Native Art Exhibit showcasing the work of native artists living in the Bay Area and California. Through various traditional and contemporary indigenous art forms native youth and adult artists will share their artistic and creative expression with the larger San Francisco Bay Area community. The exhibit seeks to foster an intercultural and intergenerational exchange between artists and the larger community around issues of native water consciousness, food sovereignty, indigenous identity, eco-cultural health, and healing.

Cultural Odyssey  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Performance Music," by Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor paying homage to their 40 years of creative collaboration. This production will be a highlight of Cultural Odyssey's 40th Anniversary Season. The artistic team will perform new and contemporary work as well as highlights of their "greatest hits." In addition, Jones and Ackamoor will conduct various community engagement activities in San Francisco including lectures and workshops demonstrating their unique vision of "art as social activism."
Dance Brigade  $20,000 Dance Brigade will present its fourth biennial D.I.R.T. Festival – Dance In Revolt(ing) Times, an innovative festival featuring commissioned dance works rooted in social justice. In January 2019, eighteen emerging and mid-career Bay Area choreographers will show new work in nine performances over three weekends at Dance Mission Theater and along Calle 24, the 24th Street cultural corridor. Works will explore the ways art can be used as a catalyst for change.
Eye Zen Presents  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "OUT of Site," a multi-year walking-tour project that places audiences in physical sites of LGBTQ ancestry in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Reinvigorating relationship to location and connection to history, each tour stops at multiple locations along the way, where Eye Zen Presents stages site-specific performances featuring theater, video, puppetry, drag, and live music. Phase two features newly integrated augmented reality for three brand new tours that will serve more than 1000 audience members in 2018 and 2019.
Hope Mohr Dance  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support artist fees and production costs for "Queer Crossings," Hope Mohr Dance’s 2018 Community Engagement Residency. The mission of the residency, a new program of HMD’s Bridge Project, is to provide long-term support to marginalized artists. “Queer Crossings" focuses on supporting queer artists rooted in the immigrant and/or POC experience, and will commission lead artist Gerald Casel to lead a cohort of five other artists to create new work. The project will include monthly group sessions, individual mentoring, performances, public discussions, and workshops.
Irving Street Projects  $8,462 SFAC Funds will be used to support artist stipends and partially support operating costs for Irving Street Projects as we present a year-long series of community focused, socially engaged visual arts projects. and accompanying public programming by a diverse group of accomplished local Bay Area women artists.
Jess CurtisGravity  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "(in)Visible," a new experimental performance that addresses sight in our culture and explores diverse modes of perceiving. Gravity will collaborate with LightHouse for the Blind as well as artists and scholars, which will premiere at CounterPulse in November 2018. "(in)Visible" will attract new audiences interested or actively engaged in discourses regarding sensory diversity and disability issues as well as artists seeking to make their work accessible to people with a broader range of abilities.
Joe Goode Performance Group  $20,000 SFAC Funds will be used to support 24 performances of "Stay Close," a dance theater installation on the topic of safe haven and how it is relevant during these uncertain times when society is grappling with social discord and increasing "othering." In the unique environment of the historic Haas-Lilienthal House, a symbol of San Francisco’s history of transformation, JGPG will bring together the deep Jewish history of the home,  the personal histories of the diverse singer/songwriters, and Joe Goode to tell a story about repairing the self and the world.
KD MovingGround  $9,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Centennial Reckoning," centering the stories of LGBTQ United States military service members from WWI to today. The performance work, created as a part of KD MovingGround's (KDMG) EchoTheaterSuitcase project will take place at the San Francisco War Memorial Veteran’s building  as a site-specific, audience-interactive theater experience in November 2018. KDMG is partnering with the American Legion War Memorial Commission (ALWMC) and Veterans for Peace (VFP) to present this new performance work as part of an event commemorating the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day.
Kulintang Arts, Inc.  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Kularts in producing the "Post-Colonial Survival Kit," a multidisciplinary exhibition and performances featuring Kimberley Arteche, Wilfred Galila, and Caroline Garcia in conjunction with the 4th Dialogue on Philippine Arts and Culture in the Diaspora, Kularts’ annual program that gathers culture bearers and artists to explore urgent issues in sustaining, transmitting, and building upon traditional practices. The Survival Kit will be exhibited in May 2019 at the Manilatown Heritage Foundation and will launch and shape the 2019 Dialogue discussions.
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Inc.  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used for artist fees for Left Coast’s 2018 San Francisco production of two chamber operas, "Artemisia" and "Toshusai." Laura Schwendinger’s "Artemisia" uses music and projections to portray painter Artemisia Gentileschi who contends with encroaching blindness that gradually steals her vision and fights injustices built into the legal system after being raped by her art teacher. Hiroya Miura’s "Toshusai" explores mysteries surrounding woodblock print artist Toshusai Sharaku and Noh actor, Saito. We plan two public performances in October 2018 preceded by a series of informal events.
Lenora Lee Dance  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation and performance of "In the Movement," a series of twelve site-specific, multimedia, immersive performances at the newly renovated Angel Island Public Health Hospital & Barracks premiering June 1-16, 2019. This work by Lenora Lee Dance will transform these historic buildings into multi-room sites for remembrance and healing, with live contemporary dance by eight dancers, media design by Olivia Ting, recorded original music score by Francis Wong, and voiceover text.
Litquake Foundation  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production of the nine-day autumn Litquake literary festival and Lit Crawl in San Francisco.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's (LHT) "Playwrights of Color Competition" for African American and multicultural playwrights. Script submissions will be judged by criteria based upon the Bechdel test that includes at least two strong female characters, addresses a social issue, and has a hopeful ending. A panel of theater arts professionals will select four plays that will be presented as a staged reading weekend festival that is open to the public in fall of 2018. A full production of the winning entry will be produced by LHT in San Francisco in spring 2019.
Manilatown Heritage Foundation  $16,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production and public screenings of "The Al Robles Express", a documentary on four San Francisco artists and close friends of the late activist poet Al Robles, as they travel to the Philippines together in tribute to Mr. Robles. Al Robles was among San Francisco's iconic literary figures and much of his imagery referenced the Philippines. However, he passed away in the same year he was planning to take his first trip to the country. This film will follow the four friends as they prepare for, take, and create work as a result of their journey.
Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Buscarte," a socially-engaged, multidisciplinary performance that uses the story of the 43 disappeared Mexican students from Ayotzinapa as a point of departure. The work contemplates the effect of the trauma of forced disappearance on ever-widening circles in the community. NAKA will partner with Mujeres Unidas y Activas as community performers and advisors. NAKA will present two performances of "Buscarte" in May 2019 at Dance Mission Theater. These performances will be free to neighborhood residents and MUA members.
OX  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support "Work MORE 8," the next iteration of OX’s semi-annual multidisciplinary drag arts project. "Work MORE 8" will take the form of a year-long performance laboratory in which eight drag artists collaboratively develop new ensemble works, establishing an experimental drag theater company. Phase one is six months of performance experiments created collaboratively for monthly performance at the historic gay club, The Stud. Phase two will be a two-hour immersive theater experience staged at CounterPulse. More than 1200 audiences will view works throughout the process.

PlayGround

 $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 23rd Annual PlayGround Festival of New Works, the Bay Area’s largest annual celebration of new plays by local writers. The festival, running May 9-June 16, 2019 at PlayGround’s newly-renovated home, Potrero Stage, will feature more than 40 performances and staged readings of over a dozen new full-length and short plays by some of the Bay Area’s most promising new playwrights. Grant funds will support artist wages and fees, production expenses, promotion, and facilities costs.
Playwrights Foundation  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support fees to be paid to the playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, actors, and casting director for their participation in the 41st Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) in 2018. The Festival will include an artists’ retreat, two weeks of work in the studio, and two weekends of public staged readings of six new full-length plays by a diverse group of playwrights. The plays will be selected from Playwrights Foundation’s annual open submission process and will reflect the outstanding quality, diversity, and daringness that the BAPF is known for.
RADAR Productions  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support RADAR Productions, local LGBTQ visual artists and poets of color, SOMArts, and the SF Public Library to produce a queer literary arts intervention called "The Bathroom Line: Queer Intimacy in Public Spaces," which will culminate in a Fall 2018 exhibition at SOMArts. The goal of The Bathroom Line is to insert queer intimacy narratives in the public space as a strategy to create a more nuanced story about the lives of queer people of color that will generate a fuller picture of our humanity.
Red Poppy Art House  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a concert series at Red Poppy Art House, “Music of the Banned.” This concert series will feature music from the eight countries whose citizens have been restricted since President Trump’s Executive Order from traveling to and entering the United States. The series will include three concerts: "Her Banned Voice," "Sacred and Traditional Music of the Banned," and "Borders without Bans". One concert and two accompanying lecture demonstrations will take place during a "MAPP" afternoon with free admission to the public.
Root Division  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the "Second Saturday Exhibition Series," a collection of visual art events taking place on the 2nd Saturday of every month. By presenting eclectic and engaging work in an approachable atmosphere, the project draws a diverse range of over 7,000+ visitors and broadens the arts-interested public while offering exhibition and curatorial opportunities to over 350 emerging artists. Funding would support the production of twelve high-quality exhibitions and events as tools to engage neighborhood constituents and diversify our audience and participants.
Roxie Theater  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the continuation of the RoxCine program, a vibrant stream of Spanish-language film programming and corresponding community engagement for the Latino and Hispanic communities of San Francisco. Since its launch in 2016, RoxCine programming has seen a dramatic increase in audiences not only of Latin heritage, but of various backgrounds, all with an interest in engaging in cultural exploration through film. This funding would support our ability to maintain the number of RoxCine films presented and invite more filmmakers to engage in live discussions with audiences.
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company  $13,200 SFAC funds will support San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company's (BATCO) first original musical "Scheher(azade)" at the Burial Clay Theatre. We will bring together an artistic team for a development week and public concert reading, a five-week rehearsal process, and ten performance run. "Scheher(azade)" is a family-friendly new musical exploring medieval world history from a non-Eurocentric perspective. Our goal is to reclaim the histories of people of color and contribute to the voice of American theatre.
San Francisco Black Film Festival  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the 21st Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June 2019. Curated by the artistic director and a team of film professionals, the festival’s estimated 50+ screenings, filmmaker presentations, panel discussions, and opening and closing night receptions will explore social justice issues such as white supremacy, cultural equity, police violence, economic justice and the roll-backs of African American voting rights. Awarded funds will compensate the festival’s staff and support its venue rental and other production-related expenses.
San Francisco Mime Troupe  $20,000 SFAC funds will support at least eleven free performances of San Francisco Mime Troupe's (SFMT) 2018 summer show, "A More Perfect Union  (working title)." The production will explore the history of the American labor and socialist movements of the early 20th century and how those visionary movements relate to present-day social justice struggles around extreme levels of income inequality, xenophobia, and corporate greed. The play will follow the transformation of a young American from a disillusioned pessimist to an impassioned political candidate inspired to create a society that works for the many, not just the privileged few.
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival  $20,000 The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival requests support for its 36th Free Shakespeare in the Park (FSP) season to present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Presidio and McLaren Park for up to 11,000 San Francisco residents and visitors, including one student matinee at McLaren Park. FSP has become a cultural tradition and is a community-building experience that embraces San Francisco's ethnic, educational and economic diversity. It also serves as a gateway to our vibrant arts community and is the first traditional theater experience for many of our audience each year.
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the 2018 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival at the Roxie Theater. SFTFF is the nation’s oldest, largest, and strongest transgender film festival. Awarded funds will support the festival’s curatorial, production, venue rental, and promotional expenses.
Sixth Street Photography Workshop  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support a photography workshop for veterans and adults in poverty. Participants will work with Artistic Director, Tom Ferentz, and Sherry Renee Jones,  a teacher/mentor from Sixth Street Photography Workshop (SSPW), and volunteers. The workshop revisits a concept from photo history, "Mirrors and Windows," which defines photography as reflective of the photographer or a window on the world. Drawing on this idea will introduce our photographers to modern photography. Examination of the pictures and text will influence the making of an exhibition cycle. The diversity and social position of our group will transform the concept.
Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the director's salary and artist honorariums for the Small Press Traffic 2018-19 Reading Series, a foundational program of the organization. The Reading Series, consisting of eight distinct events over the course of the project year, features local and out-of-town innovative writers along thematic lines, pushing the work of these themes further through conversations designed to provoke critique, inquiry and new forms.
Still Here Productions  $9,811 SFAC funds will be used to support the creation of The Still Here Anthology and the official release of the anthology at Still Here’s 7th Season production in June 2019 at the 200-seat African American Art & Culture Complex. The multi-artist production will feature ten queer artists of color whose work will be published in The Still Here Anthology. The featured narratives will capture the experiences of two generations of Queer San Franciscans. SFAC funds will support the curator’s and the participating artists’ fees.
The African & African American Performing Arts Coalition  $15,000 The SFAC funds will be used to support artistic and technical fees associated with the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now – 2019 (BCF) celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Programming will feature BCF concerts and the New Voices/New Works program that celebrate the legacy of African American dance and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Lab  $20,000 SFAC funds will support artist Sadie Barnette as she reimagines her father’s bar, the first Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco, inside The Lab. The Eagle Creek Saloon, a family run business, served a multiracial gay community marginalized by the racist profiling practices of San Francisco’s bar scene at that time. Barnette’s project is two-fold: to re-present and archive the Eagle Creek Saloon via her own vernacular aesthetic and to host a queer social space where artists and former bar clientele can participate in ongoing acts of resistance, celebration, activism, and community building.
The Village Project  $20,000 SFAC funds will support the Village Project's 12th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa celebration from December 26, 2018 to January 1, 2019. This seven-day event will take place in at least fifteen different San Francisco venues and will serve an estimated 2000 low-to-moderate income people, including a significant number of African American public housing residents. Awarded Arts Commission funds will support the participating staff, the artists' fees, and the events' production expenses.
Theatre of Yugen  $20,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the collaboration between Theatre of Yugen and Five on a Match on a new Japanese noh-inspired version of the seminal social media theatrical exploration Seen/By Everyone. SFAC funds will directly cover artist fees, as well as production costs for costume, set, light, sound/video, and properties.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

 $20,000

SFAC funds will support artist fees for a curated series of five distinct admission-free performing arts programs at Yerba Buena Gardens in fall of 2018. The project presents stimulating and challenging contemporary work including music, dance, and the premiere of a YBGF-commissioned composition for big band orchestra.
Youth Art Exchange

 $20,000

SFAC funds will be used to support staff salaries and rental costs for the production of the 8th annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit in December 2018. This two-day event offers high school-aged youth from Bay Area-wide arts programs with the opportunity to present exemplary visual, media, and performing artwork in a professional venue, curated and convened by Youth Art Exchange (YAX) and cohesively focused on youth-identified issues, building youth artists-to-youth artist and arts educator-to-arts educator relationships.
Zaccho Dance Theatre

 $20,000

SFAC funds will be used to support the artist fees and production expenses for Zaccho Dance Theater's 3rd Biennial San Francsico Aerial Arts Festival in August 2018 at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. The festival was comprised of both indoor works performed in a traditional theater setting, professional workshops, and site-specific works in which the audience will move through various areas of the Fort Mason campus to experience aerial performances created specifically for that site.

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

American Indian Contemporary Arts  $40,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the 22nd Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival to be held at Yerba Buena Gardens on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2019. 
Fort Mason Center  $10,000 SFAC funds will be used to support production costs and artist fees for the “Down by the Riverside” festival to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The festival will present artist work on civil rights and a range of related issues that acknowledge the importance of cross-sector organizing and the concept that an attack on one is an attack on all. 
Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association  $50,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association's ongoing arts related programming in the form of gallery shows, workshops, classes, and special events. 
LeaderSpring  $55,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the development of a cohort of Black-Led arts organizations affiliated with the African American Arts and Culture Complex. Facilitated by Leader Spring, the work will include fact gathering, stakeholder interviews, and a series of meetings to support the healthy growth of the black arts community. 
Noe Valley Chamber Music  $45,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Noe Valley Chamber Music’s Classical Kids Program in 2018 and will cover artist fees to teach and perform, including a portion of the executive director’s salary, direct expenses related to classroom workshops, school assemblies, and public performances. Noe Valley Chamber Music will present three public performances in Noe Valley and sixteen outreach classes and workshops at three SFUSD schools located in District 8 that have limited resources for classical music education and whose student body has significant percentages of historically marginalized communities of color.
Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Inc.  $45,000 SFAC funds will be used to support an art walk that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Chinese, Irish, and Russian immigrants, among others, in the Richmond District. Richmond District Neighborhood Center will focus on the visual and performing arts, as well as the culinary traditions, of these groups and narrate the journeys of immigrants to the western part of the city. There will be art and cooking demonstrations, performances, exhibits and workshops, as well as a collective art-making project that will engage a diverse audience. 
San Francisco Dyke March  $45,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Dyke March’s event production, artistic elements, and infrastructure to ensure it continues as a vibrant demonstration of our community’s contributions to San Francisco’s queer ecosystem. Artistic elements of Dyke March include graphics, artists, speakers, musicians and performers; infrastructure includes printing, staging and sound as well as clean up and permitting for the event. 
San Francisco Trans March  $63,000 SFAC funds will be used to support the production expenses for the 2018 San Francisco Trans March held on Friday, June 22, 2018. The San Francisco Trans March is San Francisco’s largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest Trans events in the entire world.
Uphill Arts  $40,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Uphill Arts' best practices in arts education that explore issues around vandalism and street art serving approximately 250 children in San Francisco classrooms. 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

Anne Rovzar $52,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Annie Rovzar as a teaching artist in residence with high school students at Hilltop School for Pregnant Minors in all grade levels (9th-12th). Annie will provide one-hour in-school writing sessions to four different classes of 10-15 students once a week and a two-hour small group (10-15 students) writing workshop intensive class that meets once a week. All classes will meet over the course of 32 weeks and begin on September 15th, 2017.
Celeste Chan $52,000 SFAC funds will be used to support Celeste Chan as a teaching artist in residence at Chrysalis Studio’s Queer Ancestors Project. She will work with LGBTQ youth ages 18-24 years old. Workshops will take place at Chrysalis/QAP’s SOMArts location and at SF Public Library Hormel Center. Chan will provide eight hours of instruction per week for 32 weeks, beginning August 1, 2017.  She will also coordinate seven projects to engage the community. 
Ingrid Rojas Contreras $52,000

SFAC funds will be used to support Ingrid Rojas Contreras as a teaching artist in residence with high school students at San Francisco International High School in grades nine and ten, providing hour-long in-school writing sessions to two groups of 11-15 students, three times a week for 36 weeks beginning August, 2017. All students are immigrants and English language learners, and most are identified as SIFE (Students with Interrupted or Inadequate Formal Education). The course will conclude with a printed anthology and public reading of student work.

Madeleine Clifford $52,000

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 $52,000

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 $52,000 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

February 05
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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

February 05
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

February 05
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

February 05
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125