In FY 2019 $9,072,752 was awarded to 199 arts nonprofits and individual artists. Congratulations to our 2019 grantees!

Full List of Grant Categories

femMASCULINE by Kevin Seaman. Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Artisitic Legacy Grant

Aunt Lute Foundation 

 $40,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support succession planning for 76-year-old Founder and Co-Director Joan Pinkvoss' future departure. The Board and the Co-Directors, along with a consultant, will produce a succession plan which addresses 1) anticipated staff changes; 2) what institutional knowledge needs to be transferred and recorded--especially in administration--and 3) anticipated financial needs to support staff changes and a year-long training period, as Pinkvoss decreases her role in the organization. 

Artists and Communities in Partnership - Creative Youth

African-American Shakespeare Company

 $20,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a year-round arts program where TAY youths are challenged to create and develop an original 45-minute spoken word performance based on a Shakespeare play. The performance piece can either be a re-interpretation, an adaptation, a commentary, or a combination. African-American Shakespeare’s teaching artists and Treasure Island Job Corps education department will team together to support this program where students will learn techniques and basic skills in the areas of spoken word/rap, playwriting, and acting; and build upon those skills for a performance in May 2020. 

Children's After School Arts

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support a partnership between printmaker Erin McAdams and CASA to guide students to develop artwork that celebrate heroes. Students will create screen printed portraits of youth activists and famous revolutionaries as children. Students will create work that honors personal heroes and make self portraits to emphasize their own heroic qualities. Student work will be displayed in a culminating event at SOMArts in January, 2020. San Francisco Arts Commission funds will also be used to produce a children’s book featuring self portraits of our future heroes with their words of how they will save the world. 

Cutting Ball Theater

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support Cutting Ball Theater’s education program, serving low-income youth in the Tenderloin, in partnership with De Marillac Academy. In the 2019-2020 academic year, CBT will provide theater arts education opportunities to the students of DMA. Programming will include live performance experiences and weekly theater classes. Through theater classes, CBT will engage students at DMA to create an original play based on a myth or folktale from the students’ own cultural backgrounds classes, culminating in a final performance on the CBT stage. 

Del Sol Performing Arts Organization 

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support an interdisciplinary arts program for students at San Francisco’s Feinstein Elementary School, which includes a 10-part program for 4th grade students, 4 family art nights, and 1 all-school assembly.  The project focuses around themes from the poetry carved by immigrant detainees into the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station. Led by the Del Sol String Quartet along with visual artist/teacher Andrea Wong, the 4th grade program focuses on writing personal poetry and then creating linocuts and musical performance pieces using the poetry. 

Galing Bata Bilingual Program

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support SoMapagmahal, a Filipino and ethnic studies-based photography mentorship program for youth of color in SOMA Pilipinas that uses photography as a tool for self- and community-advocacy. Youth participants, mentored by teaching artists, engage in multimedia exercises, screenings, talks with visiting artists, neighborhood walks, and collaborative workshops with local organizations. The program takes place during after school hours in the summer and academic year, culminating in a zine publication and traveling photo exhibitions. 

Leap Arts in Education

 $20,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support an in-school architecture residency and public capstone design presentation for grades 4-5 at Redding Elementary School. Experienced architect and teaching artist Jane Lin will lead six classrooms of students through a 20-week curriculum aimed at supporting students as they imagine their ideal neighborhood. Facilitated by Jane, students will be introduced to the environmental design profession, define problems their community is facing, work together to prototype creative solutions, and publicly present their ideas at the Tenderloin Museum. 

Mission Graduates

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support an integrated arts and academic exploration of San Francisco’s iconic artist and arts educator entitled "Who is Ruth Asawa?". Through a curriculum that examines Asawa’s life and art, fourth and fifth grade students at three Mission Graduates elementary school sites will explore the relationship of art and nature, the history of Japanese internment, and the role art plays in personal growth and civic engagement. Students will write and perform short plays about Asawa’s life while creating artwork inspired by her trademark techniques and materials. 

Music Mission San Francisco

 $12,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support two teaching artists for our community-based after school music education program at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Support from the San Francisco Arts Commission will provide revenue needed to fund two teaching artists. Classes provide free instruction in violin, cello, choir and basic musicianship to underprivileged children ages 7-12. In its first three years, Music Mission San Francisco grew from an initial enrollment of 19 students to 36 students. In the fall of 2019, we anticipate serving approximately 50 students. 

Root Division 

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support extending and enhancing our partnership with Mission Education Center (a K-5 Latino immigrant/newcomer school). In utilizing the Latino Teaching-Artist Fellowship (LTAF), we will train and place two Spanish/English bilingual artists to be Artists-in-Residence at MEC for the fiscal year. In exchange for free studios at Root Division’s facility, the LTAFs will develop and teach the My Two Homes curriculum to 100+ students, helping them build a visual arts language to creatively express their immigration experiences and new life in the U.S. 

Southern Exposure

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support SoEx’s continued partnership with Mission Girls’ Young Queens on the Rise program. We will pair 15 Young Queens with dedicated teaching artists over 4 months in 14 workshops. They will conceive and create works of art for a community-based project to be exhibited professionally in SoEx’s gallery space. The partnership goals include empowering teens with an arts toolkit to speak to the issues crucial to their community’s well-being, exercising their leadership skills, and job training in arts organizing, activism, and community engagement. 

Youth Art Exchange

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a study of printmaking and its utilization as a vehicle for social justice for high school youth. Youth Art Exchange and Leadership High School will partner to engage San Francisco public high school students with printmaker Alyssa Aviles, a Xicana printmaker and founder of Suavecita Press. During the school day and in open printshop hours at [x]space, Alyssa will mentor youth as they learn technical printmaking skills to amplify their voices on issues facing San Francisco youth to develop artwork, host live printmaking activities, and exhibit their pieces. 

Zaccho S F

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Zaccho's yearlong Youth Performing Arts Program (YPAP), where youth explore their potential in a professional setting through performance training, improvisation, research, and aerial dance. Working collaboratively with two teaching artists, our partners SF Unified School District and two Bayview-based public schools (Charles Drew and Malcolm X), we will create an original, youth-driven dance performance around the theme of Young Heroes. 

Artists and Communities in Partnership - Social Justice

A Place of Her Own $17,600

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support A PLACE OF HER OWN, an art-based healing workshop series for Asian Pacific American women and women of color. Fostering the creation of art and group discussion, the workshops will dig into harsh, multi-generational family patterns, unravel negative beliefs and uncover participants’ confidence, agency and aspirations for themselves and their communities. This project builds on our two-year collaboration with Boys and Girls Clubs of SF staff and mothers, continuing to encourage their healing through artistic expression and evolution of future collaborations. 

Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers

 $20,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support ABD Productions and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in establishing year-round, durational art programs for residents of the Kelly Cullen Community, which provides 172 studio units for chronically homeless individuals. Since 2011, ABD’s long-term program, Skywatchers, has engaged Tenderloin residents as co-creators, performers, and audiences. As artists-in-residence, ABD staff and artist-facilitators will partner with residents from multiple SROs, including Kelly Cullen Community, in weekly rehearsals to create and present collaborative work. 

Bindlestiff Studio

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Bindlestiff Studio's Restorative Theater Arts for Seniors (ReTAS) Program in partnership with the Filipino Community Development Corporation (FCDC). The Arts can have remarkable beneficial effects on the health and well-being of seniors. However, low-income minority seniors often have limited access to such programs. Our program is designed to engage the underserved Filipino senior community and enhance their physical and cognitive health through specific theater exercises and activities, culminating in a free public performance at Bindlestiff. 

California Consortium for Urban Indian Health Inc.

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support CCUIH’s Weaving Generations of Healing Gathering to continue advancing the cultural revitalization efforts of AIAN communities in San Francisco. By hosting healing circles with Traditional Healers, elders and youth to lead discussions in traditional protocol for healing and peace in the AIAN community. Respect and maintaining tribal and community sovereignty is staying “connected.” Access to Traditional Healers strengthens cultural connection, manages stress and brings healing to one’s spirit.  

Fresh Meat Productions

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support transgender choreographer and dance educator Sean Dorsey to partner with TRANS:THRIVE and work with transgender and gender-nonconforming communities in a free workshop series. Our “Dance Your Story” series will lead participants through trans-supportive dance, writing and self-expression workshops that will provide participants with an artistic “toolkit” to create art expressing their OWN stories. The project will support participants to experience embodiment in a trans-positive space, creatively express themselves, and build confidence and community. 

Radar Productions Inc.

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support RADAR Productions to work with El/La Para TransLatinas (El/La) and local LGBTQ Latinx elders to create WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THAT OUTFIT? Part installation, part literary project we will investigate the aesthetics of San Francisco’s 16th Street underground LGBTQ Latinx clubbing scene in the 1980s and 90s. RADAR will facilitate two writing workshops and provide editing support for the elders who will present their stories at the culminating event. The stories will be donated to the GLBT Historical Society archives and the El/La archives. 

South of Market Community Action Network 

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support STILL LIVE HERE, a creative writing project with Lourdes Figueroa that uses a community-based process to engage LGBTQ residents about migrating and/or growing up in San Francisco and their challenges, resilience and strength. The project’s goals are (1) engage immigrant residents and connect them to their place in history, (2) lift up, and showcase stories in a participatory storytelling process of talk story circles, studying creative writing from South of Market (SOMA) POC writers, (3) print a book that will be distributed in SoMa. 

The Arc San Francisco

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support performance artist, Linden Cady, to work with The Arc San Francisco’s clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to produce an evening drag and storytelling performance. The artist will partner with adults with IDD to raise awareness on the issues LGBTQ individuals with IDD face, a subset of an already historically overlooked community. Group participation will build interpersonal skills and confidence, create opportunities for socialization and creative expression, and result in an energized and emotionally resonant production. 

The Dance Brigade a New Group From Wallflower Order

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Dance Brigade's partnership with La Colectiva, a women’s worker run collective, to offer free Spanish-English bilingual dance classes to low-income Latin American immigrant women that are primarily domestic workers and will culminate in free public performances in the Mission District – San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District. The project, Baile Colectivo, aims to increase the health, self-confidence, agency, and visibility of all participants, especially as domestic workers are often "invisible," and counter anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

Creative Space

African American Shakespeare Company  $50,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a feasibility study and organizational assessment to determine possible options of securing permanent office, program, and performance space in San Francisco. Whether acquisition of a long-term lease, ownership, or shared space, funds will  be used to stabilize rising rental costs.  With assistance and guidance from CAST (Community Arts Stabilization Trust), NCCLF (Northern California Community Loan Fund), and Nonprofit Centers Network, we predict that a feasibility study can position the organization's readiness to take on a project of this nature. 


ArtSpan

$100,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the renovation of the city-owned 45 Onondaga Avenue building into the ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center. The Art Center will be ArtSpan’s first proprietary building and will provide artist studios, a community gallery and meeting space, artist resource center and organization offices. Awarded San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to make ADA improvements; ensuring the exterior wheelchair ramp is ADA compliant, and that all people can access the kitchen by moving it from the second floor to the first. 

Asian Improv Arts

 $50,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Asian Improv arts (AIR), in collaboration with Lenora Lee Dance (LLD), and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), for a feasibility study for a proposed AIR/LLD Center at 945 and 949 Clay St. in San Francisco Chinatown. 945 and 949 Clay St. are two adjacent high ceiling storefront spaces totaling 1800 square feet on the ground floor of a recently purchased and renovated building at the corner of Joice Alley and Clay Street. 

Bindlestiff Studio

 $50,000

San Francisco Art Commission funds will be used to support a Visibility & Audience Safety Initiative that will replace the hazardous, existing audience seating risers and improve external lighting at our entry on 6th Street and install digital signage. The improvements will make our black box theater safer and more welcoming to the public by providing stable, modular risers and making our street entry more identifiable and well-lit, deterring undesirable activities outside our door. 


Counterpulse 

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be employed to complete urgent waterproofing and mold remediation renovations within 80 Turk’s artist dressing room in the basement of the facility. The project consists of total excavation of asphalt above the space plagued by flooding, and installation of a waterproof membrane before new asphalt and sealant is reapplied. Paired with extensive mold abatement, these measures will render the frequently inhabited artist dressing room safe, healthy, and comfortable for artists, as well as preserve the structural integrity of this valuable community facility asset for the future. 

Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas

 $50,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a feasibility study and development plan for the acquisition of a permanent office, storage, costume and float making space and rehearsal facility for Carnaval San Francisco (CSF) and its production staff and sixteen parade dance contingents in the San Francisco Mission District.  Acquisition of a permanent home in the Mission will ensure the long term viability and alleviate the operational challenges for the organization, as well as exponentially increase the economic benefits of this artistic expression to this community. 


Dancers Group

$43,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the development of a business plan for the acquisition, co-location, management and ownership of a real estate asset in San Francisco by a consortium of arts organizations—Dancers’ Group, Theatre Bay Area, and Intersection for the Arts—that together comprise the Arts Space Alliance. The plan will include a feasibility analysis to ensure the success of a timely collaboration between the 3 organizations with a vision and objective of securing a permanent home for their administration and public programs that also serves the wider arts community. 

Golden Thread Productions

 $50,000

San Francisco Art Commission funds will be used to support the development of a Revenue Enhancement Strategies Plan and a Capital Campaign Feasibility Plan to support a five-year goal of securing a facility in San Francisco to house Golden Thread’s rehearsal, performance, and administration activities. 

San Francisco Mime Troupe 

$93,526

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used for the installation of new lighting to replace our decades second hand lights and new professional sound equipment to replace our patched together sound deck. This will make our main studio space more usable as a performance space for both SFMT and other local arts groups. Our goal is to provide our space at affordable rates to the very many artists looking for space amid ever-rising San Francisco costs. 

The Dance Brigade a New Group From Wallflower Order

 $100,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will partially support the fees of Tanner-Hecht Architects, who will convert 2205 Mission into a permanent home for Dance Mission (DM).  Construction will begin in March 2020: the Mission Neighborhood Centers' (MNC) childcare program will occupy the 13-story building’s ground floor; Dance Mission’s theater and dance studios will comprise the building’s second, third and fourth floors; MEDA will manage the building's construction and develop 62 affordable condos on the upper 9 stories.  When completed, 2205 Mission will address the District’s childcare, cultural,  and housing needs. 

Cultural Equity Initiatives

Abada-Capoeira San Francisco

 $100,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the transition of the founding Executive Director to Development Director, and the hiring of a new full-time Executive Director. This initiative is a core component of our 2019-2021 strategic plan, and supports efforts to expand leadership to provide ACSF’s founders the capacity to focus on artistic and fund development – critical to the long-term sustainability of ACSF. The intended outcome is to conduct a mindful process of expanding and transitioning leadership while maintaining continuity of services. 

Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers

 $100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a capacity-building initiative that includes: establishing an Executive Director position and undergoing a strategic planning process with a Planning Consultant. The ED position will be filled during year one of the grant period; the ED will take over administrative and fundraising duties from Artistic Director Anne Bluethenthal, significantly increasing her time for program-related duties. During year two, the ED will contract with a Planning Consultant who will lead the core staff and Board in a strategic planning process, resulting in a written plan. 

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 

 $11,250

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the development of a strategic plan for Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema that will guide the 15-year organization into the next phase of growth with a sound, detailed plan for a sustainable infrastructure to operate the annual season including a four-day film festival and three quarterly screenings that occur year-round. The San Francisco Arts Commission funds will also support the creation of a succession plan for the organization encompassing a year of support and training of key personnel, leading up to the transition of the project into the hands of new organizational leadership. 

Bindlestiff Studio

$65,830

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support two years of full-time employment for the Managing Director to oversee the implementation of the strategic plan with special emphasis on the following areas: 1) secure funding to pay our Artistic Director and Technical Director; 2) expand Bindestiff’s activities to two satellite locations - the Filipino Cultural Center in SOMA Pilipinas and a branch in Seattle, Washington; and 3) coordinate our 30-year gala, scheduled for December 2019. 

Brava for Women in the Arts

 $100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support capacity building in two key areas outlined in Brava’s strategic plan with the goal of achieving financial sustainability. To expand development capacity, Brava will establish a Development Manager position at 32 hours per week. The strategic expansion we propose will provide crucial support to our current staffing structure, yielding increases in contributed revenue. 

Chrysalis Studio

$24,150

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Chrysalis Studio’s evolution into a professionally managed and sustainable non-profit arts organization. The initiative will increase the Artistic Director’s time commitment from 32 to 65 hours a month and increase her pay to $40/hour, increase our intern’s time and compensation, implement the strategic plan and update the Chrysalis Website. Awarded funds will support the Artistic Director’s increased compensation, the intern’s increased compensation, and a website Consultant. 

Circo Zero

$70,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Circo Zero’s two-year capacity building initiative, which includes developing a three year strategic plan, expanding current part-time admin positions, and hiring a new staff member. San Francisco Arts Commission funds will enable Circo Zero to hire both a planning consultant and a new administrative assistant, as well as enhancing our current staff capacity by increasing the Artistic Director’s chronically underpaid admin compensation, and  increasing by 50% the hours-per-week for our Producing Director. The initiative will also motivate increased activation of Circo Zero’s Board. 


Cubacaribe

$96,400

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the next phase of CubaCaribe’s work, building fundraising and staffing capacity. The two-year initiative will fund updating of the organization’s current Strategic Plan, fund key existing and one new personnel position and activities associated with maintaining year-round institutional fundraising and developing a more robust individual donor program with the implementation of an annual gala. CubaCaribe needs to continue to grow its organizational capacity in order to maintain the excellence of its artistic and educational programs. 

Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Carnaval San Francisco’s Strategic Plan by hiring a fund development director for July 2019 to June 2021. Funding for the fund development director will help in the implementation of two priorities in the strategic plan: 1) fund development; and 2) succession planning. 

Duniya Dance and Drum Company

$64,880

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support strategic planning, to develop marketing materials for corporate performances and classes, establishing a formalized individual donor program and increasing Managing Director hours to further support the Artistic Director and the above-listed areas of growth. 

Eugenie Chan Theater Projects

$26,120

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Eugenie Chan Theater Projects (ECTP) in the research, development, and creation of a strategic plan designed to address ECTP’s capacity, income-generating, and administrative challenges as a small project-based organization. This includes a refinement of mission and vision statements; a re-examination of goals, objectives, and activities; an assessment of current resources, and a strategic analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis). 

Foglifter Press

$8,106

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Foglifter in its strategic planning and implementation process. This includes hiring a strategic planning consultant, hosting an annual board and staff retreat, and utilizing remaining funds to implement a monetary incentive program to retain key staff. 

Fresh Meat Productions

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to expand Fresh Meat Productions’ management and administrative infrastructure. In recent years, our organization’s rapid artistic, programmatic and budgetary growth has far outpaced the capacity of our staff. As a result, administrative work is increasingly consuming the Artistic Director’s time and energy. The initiative will reverse this process by expanding our management and administrative staff’s time commitments and responsibilities, reducing Dorsey’s engagement in non-artistic activities and supporting our sustainability as we enter our 20th Anniversary Season. 

Jess Curtisgravity Inc.

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Jess Curtis/Gravity in a two-year capacity building initiative, pursuing outcomes articulated in the organization’s recently adopted five-year strategic plan: shifting Jess Curtis’s workload to focus more significantly on guiding locally-based access, incubation, and international exchange and presentation programs; investing in additional time from Program Director Alley Wilde and Administrative Assistant Chibueze Crouch; and creating a new strategic plan to guide the organization moving forward. 


Juneteenth

$62,200

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will establish a new General Manager position that will provide year-round coordination to Juneteenth’s fundraising, financial management and administrative activities. San Francisco Arts Commission funds will also support the fees of a Planning Consultant who will assist Juneteenth’s Steering Committee to formulate its first strategic plan. 

Kearny Street Workshop Inc.

$71,400

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support capacity building efforts identified in our strategic plan such as stabilizing staff salaries, improving administrative systems and engaging consultants to aid KSW capacity building efforts. These efforts will support Kearny Street Workshop (“KSW”) in providing critical platforms for Asian Pacific American (“APA”) artists. KSW is a hub for deep and lasting artistic communities across a multitude of marginalized backgrounds and experiences. For decades, KSW has created pathways to resources and tools for artists at all levels of their careers. 

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project-QWOCMAP ​

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project - QWOCMAP to complete a new strategic plan that includes work plans fundraising, communications and engagement, business development, and capacity building. 

Safehouse for the Performing Arts

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of SAFEhouse Arts’ first ever strategic plan. We have settled into our new home at 145 Eddy Street, established a co-operative Lead Artist program, and continuously support a diverse group of more than 100 artists each year. CEI funds will enable us to engage a consultant to direct the planning process and to provide compensation for the vital and in-depth participation of our hard-working staff and Lead Artists. SAFEhouse has built the organizational framework needed for the serious work of creating a multi-year plan, and we are ready to begin. 

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

$38,702

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) in an initiative designed to align with our recently completed strategic plan, positioning SFTFF to be well-resourced in this critical moment for Trans people, who are facing increased attacks on Trans bodies and creative expression. The initiative will support the Artistic Director to become a salaried employee with benefits, increased hours and wages for the Festival Coordinator, increased roles for the Development Consultant and Social Media Coordinator, and expanding the Advisory Board. 

San Francisco Youth Theatre

$100,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support San Francisco Youth Theatre's (SFYT) organizational infrastructure and sustainability, strengthening its capacity to provide innovative arts programming that impacts youth, advances the field of youth theatre and inspires social change. This will be accomplished by implementing strategies identified in SFYT’s 2018-21 strategic plan, including adding new program staff, increasing the FTE of current staff, and engaging specialized consultants to assist the organization with program evaluation, individual donor development, grant writing and board training. 


StageWrite

$75,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a new strategic plan and the expansion of staff leadership roles in the first year that will evolve into Program Manager positions in the second year. We will expand our teaching artist team, prioritizing the recruitment of more artists of color, with enhanced training and increased pay to support staff retention. Executive coaching will support implementation of the strategic plan and the transition of managerial responsibilities. A fundraising consultant will assist in creating a new development strategy for future funding of these initiatives. 

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network 

$21,580

San Francisco Art Commission funds will be used to support DVAN in 2019-20 to improve our development strategies and add staffing. Funds will go toward executive director (.5 FTE); contracting a development manager (.2 FTE); and implementation of a strategic plan in which we increase fundraising. 

US Japan Cultural Trade Network Inc

$21,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network Inc. (CTN) in developing its strategic plan. This includes fees to hire consultant(s) to facilitate the process, compensations for the Executive Director and the Associate Director, local transportation reimbursements for the meeting participants, and copying/printing expenses. 

Individual Artist Commission

Alexander Hernandez 

 $15,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a series of textile and mixed media portraits of HIV+ people of color uncovering layers of identity, stigma and survival. These art pieces will be displayed at Strut Health and Wellness center in the heart of the Castro as a closing event to the Queer Cultural festival. 

Angela Carrier

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Pulan Collective: 13 moons 13 meals, a multimedia cookbook and cultural memory project of Chamoru women living in the Bay Area. Members of the Pulan Collective combine the intergenerational artistic forces of storytelling, photography, carving, weaving and culinary prowess. The process of generating the creative content for these immersive meals will be documented digitally each month, culminating with the launch of a Pulan Collective: 13 Moons 13 Meals chapbook, a panel presentation and celebratory community meal. 


Anita Chang

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the production of “Her Excellency,” a multimedia documentary project about the rise of female heads of state, and the structural conditions women leaders overcame to occupy the highest position of political office. Each leader is featured within the context of their country, where their unique story, personality, and political contributions during and after their time in office offer new insights deeply relevant to today’s political climate. At least one short film of the series will be screened at SFSU to a diverse audience of students, educators and local residents. 

Avanna Lawson

$15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a five-minute documentary trailer to tell the story of migration and connections between Native Americans in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and Native Hawaiians. Specifically, funds will be used to integrate the visual artists’ photography with videotaped interviews of tribal elders from California and Hawaii as they share the similarities between both indigenous communities. 

Baruch Porras Hernandez

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the creation of the first draft and public reading of Flowers in My Hair a creative non Fiction Narrative.  Part memoir, part guide on how to dismantle Mexican toxic masculinity in myself and my family while being a sex-positive queer immigrant in San Francisco. An excerpt of the finished first draft of the book will be presented in a 45-minute public reading performance in April of 2020.  Awarded San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support artist fees, social media promotion, and event costs. 

Calixto Robles

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a series of mixed media artworks exploring the cultural importance of the sacred element, water. The Sacred Water Series will use Meso-American/world religion symbols and iconography. I will create work that examines water as a universal symbol of life, healing, and sustainability. It is imperative for humanity to have access to clean, healthy water; our life, the planet, and climate are uniquely tied to a sustained waterverse. Work will be exhibited at Accion Latina’s “Juan R. Fuentes Gallery” in the Mission district. 


Celeste Chan

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Celeste Chan in writing (Re)generation, a creative memoir exploring ancestral resiliency during the WWII Japanese occupation of Malaysia and the Holocaust in Hungary. She will complete a 150-page draft or 75% of the project and conduct a free public reading of the work at SF Writers' Grotto during the 2020 National Queer Arts Festival, 

Cheryl Derricotte

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a new visual art project based on the “Pacific Bank Handbook.” Text and image from the “Handbook” will be rendered in glass and on paper. The resulting artworks will reveal how historical representations of real estate and industry inform our current dialogues about place, commerce and value in the city. The new artwork will be presented in an illustrated “slide talk” at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. 


Chun Yu

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support script writing and illustration of Tales of the Yellow Family, a graphic based on five generations and a hundred years of the Wong family’s (Wongé means “yellow” in Chinese) immigration experiences in America. From the start of the twentieth century, through San Francisco’s Summer of Love, and up to the present, this story captures the resilient spirit of the Chinese immigrants, their deep tradition and culture, their struggles for the American dream, idealism, and above all, love. 

Cindy Shih $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support 10-12 commissioned pieces of artwork, an art opening, art salon, and a journal with interview notes and sketches detailing the intersectionality of immigration stories from a diverse set of individuals within San Francisco, from an Asian-American female perspective. 

Craig Calderwood

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Summoners, a visual arts exhibition exploring the mitigation of trauma through the act of L.A.R.P.ing (Live Action Roleplaying). The solo exhibition will take place at Et Al. Etc. Gallery in May 2020. 

Danny Thanh Nguyen

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the writing of _After the Honeymoon Phase_, a nonfiction book of autobiographical personal essays examining themes of body politics, queer sexuality, mental health, trauma, and same-sex intimacy amongst the rapidly changing social and economic landscape of San Francisco. The essays will incorporate research of pop culture, public health studies, human sexuality theory, and cultural criticism. An excerpt will be read at Mr. S Leather—the world renown kink/fetish and sex toy shop in South of Market—as a solo exhibition with audience discussion at the end. 

Eamon McGivern

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a series of oil portraits of San Francisco based poets. The paintings will be published in a chapbook with the poetry of the portrait subjects, who will be chosen from the diverse group of writers in Alley Cat Books Writer in Residency Program. The project will end with an exhibition of the portraits, book release party and reading at Alley Cat. The work will be a celebration of the survival of San Francisco’s long literary tradition in the face of rapid gentrification and an exploration of how visual arts and literature can collaborate to create community. 

Erica Deeman

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support an immersive photography and audio installation exploring the multiplicity of identity within the African Diaspora and its diminishing presence within the city of San Francisco. Intimate black and white portrait photography will be supported with audio interviews in a purpose built installation at Anthony Meier Fine Arts gallery in San Francisco. An unfinished edit of the work will be shown in my studio at Minnesota Street Project. 

Erina Alejo $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support A Hxstory of Renting, a mixed methods research and multimedia art project comprising of a photo series, short films and photography book capturing the iconography and narratives of the families, cultural workers and community elders of two San Francisco Filipino communities in the Excelsior and in SoMa Pilipinas. These photographs, film and book will be presented at Yucca Gallery in September 2019 as a work in progress presentation and exhibited during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May throughout the Excelsior and SoMa as a traveling exhibit. 


Felicia Lowe

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the writing and design of a multi-media presentation of “Shirley’s Hope(s) Chest.” The inspiration for the project is the actual honeymoon trousseau of a Chinese American bride-to-be who died before her wedding in 1943.  In her voice, the script will explore the social and cultural changes she would’ve witnessed had she lived.  Video clips will echo and support this foundational piece that will ultimately be integrated into a larger exhibit featuring works and performances by a multi-disciplinary group of artists interpreting “Shirley’s Hope(s) Chest.”

Fernando Marti

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Futuros Fugaces, an original print portfolio centered on Latinx futurism and resilience in the face of climate change. Inspired by the work of PODER and Movement Generation, the images will draw from interviews with local Latinx activists, elders, and youth, exploring the overlap of climate migration, recovery of ancestral traditions, and the imagination of survival and adaptation. The portfolio and interviews will be documented in a book project, and shared through a month-long print exhibit, workshops and public conversations in the Mission community. 

Genevieve Quick $15,000
San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support Planet Celadon: Pings and Pulses, Strums and Strikes, a video performance at Root Division. The project explores Asian American identity through a speculative narrative with musicians playing electronic and acoustical instruments fabricated out of household celadon glazed ceramic vases, plate, bowls, etc. The video builds the narrative and features dancers in fantastical costumes. With references to Eastern, Western, and popular music, the musicians attempt to communicate across the globe and galaxies as alien scientists searching for extraterrestrial life.
 

Genny Lim

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the research, writing, editing, print work and artist collaborators to produce a book of poetry paying tribute to past jazz legends who have inspired my life's work. About 30 poems will be accompanied by black and white lino type prints of artists such as Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Shirley Horn, etc., by artist Nina Mera. The manuscript will be reviewed by a professional editor and a writer to be revised and readied for publication with a public reading at Bird and Beckett accompanied by live music. 

Guillermo Gomez-Pena

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Border Clásicos: A Live Anthology, based on my book, Gómez-Peña Unplugged: Texts on Live Art, Social Practice and Imaginary Activism (published by Routledge 2019), a collection of critical, poetic, and performance texts dating back to the 1990s. The commission will assist the literary development of the texts and become the script of a live performance.  This work is an act of “embodied language” as it relates to the book and includes performance texts from my over 35 years of my work dealing with border issues, post-colonial theory and US/Mexico relations. 

Guo Mong $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support sequential paintings exploring mental health care within the Asian/Asian American community. These mixed media paintings of a combination of sticker art and acrylic and oil pastel paintings on canvas, a sticker-making workshop, and an interactive painting will be displayed at the Richmond Neighborhood Center during the month of National Mental Health month, May of 2020. 


Ilana Crispi

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support new work based off of the research done with the Mission Dirt Project. Wearable sculptures will be created from clay excavated from the Mission neighborhood and mixed with gold. The work will reference the original gold rush that drastically altered this area, the geology and history of this place, and what is happening here now. The neighborhood will be worn as adornment on the body and will serve as a metaphor for what we carry with us as we move. The project will be shown on the body and as an installation on the street as part of Sunday Streets. 


Irman Arcibal

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of Pounds of Flesh, a series of large works on paper by Irman Arcibal. Various drawing media will be used on papers previously crumpled by someone else. An exhibition of the work will take place in the Flex Space at Pacific Felt Factory (PFF). In conjunction with the exhibition, a two-part visual arts workshop, Put a Wrinkle in Your Process, will be held in collaboration with Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), for young artists with an emphasis on allowing someone else to directly influence and possibly dictate the individual’s creative process. 

Jamil Hellu

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support HUES, an exhibition comprising 69 color photographic portraits exploring the intersectionality of racial, gender and sexual identities within the Bay Area's LGBTQ community.  A hybrid of self-portraiture and portraiture, the exhibition will reflect the LGBTQ community's resistance to simplistic binary assumptions about race, gender and sexuality. HUES will take place at SF Camerawork Gallery in June 2020 and will attract an audience of 500+ people. Awarded funds will support the artist's commission and the project's installation and publicity costs. 

Javier Stell-Fresquez

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the conceptualization and creation of a seven-minute video about our protocol for making an altar as Two-Spirits (2S). This is the next step of an ongoing collaborative multimedia experimental project entitled "Chaac & Yum.” Javier Stell-Fresquez and Daniel Arizmendi, the conceptual and cultural originators of this project, will collaborate with filmmaker Rob Fatal, expanding Javier’s and Daniel’s artistic range and opportunities. We will engage Poder SF’s Queer Ecology Initiative to construct and continually activate the altar at their Mission district garden. 


Jenifer K. Wofford

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Club Rupturre!, an installation at Black & White Projects in October 2019 that takes the shape of a late 80s club (with soundtrack and lighting to match), addressing the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that dramatically reshaped the San Francisco Bay Area, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The installation will feature drawings and prints rendering moments from before, during and after the quake, a performance within the club-like installation that will become video within the installation as well, and a small emergency preparedness illustrated zine. 

Jennifer S. Cheng $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a lyrical nonfiction image-text manuscript investigating the experience of cultural alienation in America and tracing a personal search for language amidst various sites of silence, both literal and metaphorical. The manuscript will interweave research material on the historical Nu Shu women of Hunan province and the unique writing system they developed to give voice to otherwise unvoiced spaces in their existences. An excerpt from the manuscript will be publicly shared at Kearny Street Workshop, alongside a writing workshop “Voicing Your Voiceless.”
 

Jennifer Starkweather 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a new series of large-scale artworks by Hughen/Starkweather. We will continue our work about climate change, but shift our focus to capturing the emotional and sensory impacts of climate change on individuals. We will interview people from diverse backgrounds who have been or will be impacted by climate change, and use these collected individual stories and related data to create large 2D abstract artworks. The funds will be used to create larger scale work as well as cover costs associated with the exhibition, public programming, and documentation. 

Joey Montoya  $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Rebranding the National Parks logos is the goal of my project. I use my background in advertising, design, and branding to re-create an indigenous worldview of the National Parks logos. The project will include visiting five National Parks - Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, and Haleakalā National Park. While visiting these certain National parks, I will conduct research, collect, stories from the Indigenous peoples of that area, take photographs and sketch certain aspects.

Jon Fischer

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a new interactive multimedia installation based on the Jewish concept of HaMakom (The Place). Consisting of screen print-based 2D works, handmade playable records, and live musicians, the project combines installation and performance to create an ambient environment that connect visitors to six touchstones of local San Francisco knowledge. San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to fund materials for records and 2D works, and to provide musician and artist fees. 

Jordan Reznick

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation and exhibition of a new series of large-scale photographic portraits of disabled, working class, and rural transgender people. This new phase of my work continues my long term photographic practice that builds relationship and pays homage to everyday queer and transgender people. The work will culminate in a solo exhibition at Minnesota Street Project in February 2020. 

Juliana Delgado Lopera

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support Papi, a novel-in-progress set in Bogotá, Colombia in the 1990s. The narrative follows Lucía, a twelve-year-old girl whose father (Papi), recently retired after being fired from his job at a bank. Papi is an awkward slightly closeted gay man, deeply depressed after losing his job and troubled by his sexual orientation. I will read excerpts of Papi in San Francisco during the National Queer Arts Festival in June 2020 and on RADAR Productions’ two-week-long 10-city Sister Spit 2020 tour. 


Julz Scheller

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a public installation of wearable sculptures that explore the burden sexual assault victims face daily as they move through the throes of rape culture. The brightly-colored sculpture installation, entitled “Be Safe”, will be showcased in the window of “Right Window Gallery” on Valencia street in the Mission. The installation, which will be viewable from the sidewalk, will gain over one million views from pedestrians over the course of one month. 


Justin Hall

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of Castle and Creek, a graphic novel that takes place in the SF National Guard Armory and focuses on themes of queer identities, sex work, addiction, and San Francisco history. Original pages from the book will be displayed in a gallery show at Strut in the Castro, with an opening event and reading from the work-in-progress. I will also organize a group Queer Cartoonists Reading for Litquake at the Stud Bar, where I will read from the work-in-progress, and a final release event, gallery show, and reading for the book at the Isotope Comics Lounge. 

Katherine Vetne

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a major sculptural installation in my first solo exhibition at an established gallery. The installation will cover about 580 square feet of wall and floor space, and will be made up of a series of 20-25 masses of melted lead crystal housewares (vases, pitchers, etc.) that are coated in silver nitrate, turning them into mirrors. 

The exhibition is scheduled to occur in the fall of 2019 at Catharine Clark Gallery, and will be a continuation of my work exploring the relationship between capitalism and popular ideas about mainstream womanhood. 

Kelly Inouye

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the development and exhibition of large-scale watercolor paintings exploring representations of female empowerment and struggle in popular culture. Inspired by the current political climate and the 1980’s television series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.), these paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibition at Marrow Gallery in the Sunset District and will be documented and compiled into a limited edition artist’s book. 

Kevin Simmonds

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the system must be tried, a news and interview-inspired collection of poems grappling with systemic forces such as surveillance, over-policing, and runaway urban development that threaten our lives. 

Kija Lucas

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a temporary museum of Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment, my ongoing project that brings together the stories of everyday community members who participate by offering objects of sentimental value for me to photograph as part of an extensive archive. The museum will be presented throughout the late spring and summer of 2020 at the art gallery at the California Institute of Integral Studies and be accompanied by a comprehensive website. 

Kolmel W. Love $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the final production and post-production of Here’s How, a documentary that explores the complex and fascinating life of local artist, leather man and science educator Jok Church. The film will bring to life archival material by blending new and old styles of animation. Church revolutionized children’s science education through his internationally syndicated comic strip, bestselling children’s books, and the hit TV show Beakman’s World. Church’s model of science education spread through over 90 countries, reaching millions of children in his lifetime.
 

Leticia Hernández-Linares

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Vecina (Female Neighbor), a poetic investigation into the psychological impact of gentrification on the collective consciousness of the largely immigrant and Spanish speaking Central American community of the Mission District. The project will culminate in a completed poetic manuscript and a gathering of Central American poets at Acción Latina. 

Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the production of the graphic novel Mission Dreams, the story about a young indigenous man growing up in the Latino Mission District neighborhood in a busy undocumented household and hectic gang infiltrated streets rapidly effected by gentrification. This is a coming of age comic narrative that highlights several social justice issues, while simultaneously being a science fiction and fantasy storyline. Once the comic style drawings are completed and combined with the writing, the goal is to publish into a graphic novel series.
 
Lynea Diaz-Hagan $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the development and production of an original play: SUERTE tells the story of Juanita Roldán, a biracial young woman who returns home after college to care for her grandfather who has suffered a stroke. Her grandparents—originally from Puerto Rico—raised Juanita after her mother’s death. When Juanita’s estranged African-American father comes to visit, the grandfather unleashes torrents of bitterness and bigotry, leaving Juanita isolated from her Puerto Rican and Black identities and struggling to be a good caregiver to a man who is difficult to love.
 


Lyzette Wanzer

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support You're Still Here?, a collection of flash essays comprising my experiences as both a member of, and witness to, the dwindling populace of San Francisco African American residents. As the city caters to (fawns over?) the tech crowd, the monied, the white-collar professionals, my tenancy as a black female here has morphed in diminishing, punishing ways. The book’s topics will address instances of racial profiling, lane-crossing, covert exclusion, tokenism (e.g., being the only African American in a company who’s not in the mailroom), colorism, and others. 

Mabel Valdiviezo $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support “Prodigal Daughter,” a multimedia project featuring a documentary film and an art installation on family reunification and immigrant well-being. “Prodigal Daughter” tells my own story as an undocumented immigrant during the Prop.187 era, when anti-immigrant sentiment was on the rise in California, while invoking its parallels to the present. The grant will cover post-production expenses for the documentary, as well as costs for creating and mounting an interactive installation. The project will be exhibited in June 2020 during Immigrant Heritage Month. 
 
Maria Breaux $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a “mockumentary” project—a comedic feature-length movie exploring the 1990s “riot grrl” scene in San Francisco. It’ll follow Gilda Beausoleil and her diverse former band, Vulveeta, as they attempt to heal wounds and do a reunion show for her 50th birthday. Upon completion, this collaborative, improvised piece will be screened at the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, held at the Roxie Theater every November.
Mary Guzman $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the pre-production costs of LOST DOG, a film exploring the subject of physical violence against women. During the grant period I will conduct research, meet with experts on the subject, storyboard the script, finalize the soundscore, audition and select the cast, identify shooting locations, contract with a producer and formulate and implement a fundraising strategy. This film, like my previous work, is deeply rooted in my Latinx and Lesbian experiences. The events at Brava will enable me to engage my audiences, funders, and collaborators in the film’s creation. 

Melissa Hung $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Semblance, a creative nonfiction book about living with chronic pain and navigating a complicated relationship with a body in illness. A reading of an excerpt of the work, along with presentations by other artists, will take place at The Ruby.
Michael Arcega $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission Funds will be used to support Tricyclolo, a mobile public sculpture project based on the contemporary Filipino motorized tricycle that will create an agile Filipino American cultural presence in the South of Market neighborhood. I will partner with SOMCAN and my collaborators, Paulo Asuncion and Scott Vermier, to build and customize the cycle with elements that represent the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District. The project will premiere at a Fall 2019 UNDSCVRD night market to a large Filipino American audience.
Michelle Wallace $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the writing, editing, and presentation of WHICH WAY HOME, a memoir about my journey from dying from undiagnosed, late-stage Lyme Disease (and other tick-born infections) to living strong despite it. While I write and edit my memoir, I will also be keeping a blog in which I alternate between posting essays on the craft of memoir and personal essays that document my process of writing and remembering and will have a reading at The Ruby of my work-in-progress.
MJ Robertson  $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support research and writing a section of my book, Radio Active Indians on the occupation of Alcatraz Island by Indians of All Tribes. A presentation of the book chapters will be part of an Alcatraz celebration of the 50th anniversary. The presentation will occur along with an exhibit of documents created on the island; newsletters, radio broadcasts and photographs from the occupation. We will also host Ohlone and Pomo dance groups led by original occupiers. A second presentation of the finished book chapters will occur at the SF Public Library.


Natalia Vigil

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support literary artist Natalia M. Vigil to prepare a book of nonfiction lyrical essays for publication. These essays are tied together through Vigil’s attempt to locate her own experience within and in connection to San Francisco Bay Area History, Queer History, historical moments in time and place, and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s and 90s. Vigil will give a work-in-progress reading at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in June 2020. 


Nicki Green

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support research and studio work for Green’s first solo show titled: Everything is Fluid. The work will explore queer and transgender inclusion in religious communities and spiritual rituals, focusing on the substantial use of the Jewish bathing ritual of Mikveh in queer and transgender communities. The research will be conducted through collaborative investigation with academic and artist colleagues, reading, writing, and visual studio work. The May 2020 exhibition at Guerrero Gallery will feature an immersive installation of ritual baths and other ritual objects. 

Olivia Ting $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a multi-media interactive installation exploring the meaning of “place” as communities face seismic change. Presented in a pop up gallery in the Japantown Mall by the Japantown Task Force and First Voice during Cherry Blossom Festival in April 2020, the work utilizes video, audio collage, archival photographs, and home movies of people and places in J-town, Chinatown, and other historic spaces in San Francisco. Interactive elements will trigger sounds, music, and visual elements, connecting the viewer to the past, the present, and a dreamed-of future. 


Paul Ocampo 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the exploration of the publication process for my first novel Other Lives. Set in the spring after 9/11, Other Lives explores marginalized intimacies, tackling intersections between race, sexual orientation, stigma, and trauma. At the heart of the novel is a love story from the lens of lonely, isolated characters from Asian American communities seeking belonging and who find a home in each other. Funds from San Francisco Arts Commission will support editorial assistance, execution of a self-directed writing retreat, and a public presentation to benefit writers of color. 

Petala Irouncloud $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a podcast featuring women and two-spirit voices in today's unseen Native arts renaissance. The podcast will discuss evolving definitions of Native art--how, and by whom they're reinforced, deconstructed, or reimagined. The podcast will be marketed towards broader consumption to foster broader non-Native understanding of the excellence, vitality, and accessibility of the contemporary Native arts landscape.
Ploi $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Fouis Vuittons, a speculative short story collection written by Ploy Pirapokin about the Pan-Asian experiences post-colonialism exploring the personal implications of history and politics. An excerpt of this work will be read at Borderlands Bookstore as a solo exhibition alongside two other writers of color, followed by a questions and answer session. 

Rachel Lastimosa $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to create a mixed media work titled "Agasan", incorporating recorded sound, illustrations, animation and video into a projection mapped theater environment. In collaboration with a team of visual artists, the Filipino Mental Health Initiative - San Francisco, healers and ceremonialists, an audio-visual narrative will be displayed addressing ancestral trauma and it's far reach beyond migratory and generational planes.  Public showings will take place in the month of April 2020 at Bindlestiff Studio, SOMA Pilipinas, San Francisco under the direction of Rachel Lastimosa. 


Ravi Chandra

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support research, community engagement, writing and performance of 36 Views of San Francisco, a poetry/photo project about a changing San Francisco and the responses of the artist’s spirit. The project takes its name from Hokusai’s series of woodblock prints, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. Instead of the relative geologic stability of the iconic Mt. Fuji, Chandra places San Francisco and his own selfhood and identity at the center of his concerns as artist and citizen. The ground is shifting under our feet: What moods and messages rise from the streets and from his soul?

Rik Lee Leipold

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the Resin 8 project where I will co-create public artworks with eight community artists in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Each artist selected will find a pothole on their block that needs repair. We would co-create a lasting sculpture by filling the negative space of the pothole with embedments representative of the location. The art project would be documented by maps and photographs which would be presented to be viewed by the public at Tenderloin Museum in conjunction with a walking tour where each artist selected will activate the space. 

Robert Lovato 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support me in advancing my work as an artist  by helping me complete a first draft of my creative nonfiction memoir, Digging for Salvation, which will be published by Harpercollins in 2020. The memoir is about my coming of age in El Salvador and the US—the birthplaces of the maras, the gangs that are at the center of US immigration debate. Writing and publishing book will position me as the country's first US-born Salvadoran author to publish a nationally-distributed, trade-published book about US Salvadorans. Local book events will include a large reading at Accion Latina. 

Ron Moultrie
Saunders

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of new photograms (a cameraless photographic technique) using the human body to explore cultural history, family mythology and personal identity. To increase my viability for large- scale public art projects, the new work will be printed using materials such as fabric, metal, and glass. I will create 15 – 20 new images for an exhibit, and one third will be new media presented at the African American Art and Culture Complex in the Western Addition of San Francisco. 

Rudy Lemcke 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support The Fairies of Weimar, a video game and visual art installation celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Bauhaus. The game looks at one of the most influential moments in modern art history through a queer lens. In re-imagining characters from Oscar Schlemmer’s Triadic Opera and using altered design elements from key artists from this period like Maholy-Nagy and Paul Klee, the game creates an alternative “queer” Bauhaus-inspired space inhabited by fairies and fantastic fey creatures haunted by a shadowy menace, bent on destroying its utopian vision. 

SamiSee

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a series of nine mixed-media portraits of self-identifying women of Filipino descent. The portrait subjects will be selected through a community process, where Filipinos from SoMA, San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural District, may share their personal stories of Filipinas that have impacted their lives and communities. At least one of the portraits will be displayed permanently in SoMA and others temporarily shown alongside altars during a celebratory unveiling hosted at Bindlestiff Studio during Asian Pacific Islander History Month. 

Sandra Lee Davis

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to create Grow Up!, a 15-minute double projector film and video work. The project comes at a critical moment in our national discourse regarding women's agency over their public witnessing of sexual harassment and assault. It will explore the collision of this witnessing with the media spectacle and politicization of dynamics of gender and sexual assault. The voices of women will be heard in militant expression, and public reaction to, the Senate Ford- Kavanaugh hearings, in a work whose theme, methods and form strive to, after Edward Said and Anita Hill, speak truth to power.

Sekio Fuapopo

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of my paintings, drawings, and prints of the Samoan Islands creation stories. I envision ten paintings, drawings and prints that invite Samoans to know and feel a connection to the deeply spiritual, uniquely Samoan stories that teach the cultural lessons of valor, love and honor. I will invite the Samoan community, ministers, youth organizations and artist community to my Open Studio opening. Afterwards I will share my paintings with local Samoan youth groups and explain my work and inspiration in my language. 

Sergio De La Torre

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a series of billboards to be installed in San Francisco. The billboards are part of an ongoing project looking at Sanctuary Cities, ICE raids and their effect in the Bay Area immigrant community – the Sanctuary City Project. An intrinsic part of the billboards is the Mobile Print Cart – a tricycle outfit as mobile hands-on print making and story sharing laboratories. The project has an active participatory element where I solicit the public to collaborate to create new art and share personal stories of relocation and overcoming the challenges of migration. 

Shawna Virago

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support transgender filmmaker Shawna Virago to create a short film: “Last Girl Standing” will interrogate the impact of gentrification on San Francisco’s working and poverty class transgender and queer communities, from the first-person perspective of a 50-something transwoman as she watches her own transwoman peers displaced and erased. The film will be structured in three acts, set to a song cycle featuring Virago’s original music. “Last Girl Standing” will feature Virago’s visual and emotional style: D-I-Y, experimental, bold, and unapologetically transgender. 

Shruti Swamy 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the completion of a five-story cycle exploring the complexities of motherhood through the lens of Hindu mythology, and centering on the experiences of women of color. An excerpt of the work will be presented in a reading event with a diverse group of mother-writers of color at the California Institute of Integral Studies in collaboration with the Writing and Consciousness program. I will also seek publication for these stories in national and San Francisco based literary magazines. 


StormMiguel Florez 

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the production costs of my next film, a full-length documentary about San Francisco based artist and community advocate Sean Dorsey, who is recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. The film will combine over 17 years of historical video footage of Dorsey’s work, new footage of his dance workshops for trans and gender non-conforming people, and interviews with Dorsey and his company members. The film’s first screening will take place as a work-in-progress (or a rough cut) at the Z’ Space Theater in May 2020. 

Suaro Luis Cervantes

$10,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to create a series of wooden reliefs and repurposing wood and other permanent materials in fabrication, inspired through my current familiarity and study of ancient Nahual/Toltec oral traditions in healing and rejuvenation. After the recent Teotihuacan exhibit at the De Young Museum this past year, I was inspired by its presence. Gathering my fellow community during two exhibitions in the gallery of Alley Cat Books, and introducing my ancient thread to these essences into a inner healing space, adapting artistic process through my lineage to the source of the acquired imagery and knowledge.

Tanea Lunsford Lynx

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a series of free creative writing workshops offered to longtime residents of San Francisco as well as those displaced from San Francisco. These workshops, particularly centering the voices of low-income residents and people of color (especially Black folks), who may be disenfranchised and/or marginalized in the city, will take place in POPOs (privately owned public open spaces) throughout the city and culminate in a free public reading of completed works at the Main Library. The works will later be curated and printed as a chapbook anthology. 

Tara Dorabji $15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a creative nonfiction series that will take readers on a journey to the most densely militarized land on earth, Kashmir. The pieces, based upon my 2018 journey to Kashmir, will debut online and/or in literary magazines, and be curated into a San Francisco event, Voices of Resistance, weaving together readings and multimedia presentations from people living under occupation. Funds will also be used to partner with a local filmmaker to produce a short film that evolves from themes in my writing such as:  violence, isolation, and home. 

Tony Robles $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support my first novel, Fillmore Flip, a story of a Filipino-American family , based on the Robles family, one of many Filipino families who settled in the Fillmore in the late 20's-50's and lived through the depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement and the era of Urban Renewal and redevelopment.  The novel will be 100K-150K words and will tell a story of a Filipino and Black neighborhood and its history through the eyes of one of the first Filipino families to settle in San Francisco.  The novel will articulate an under told story of SF history.
 
Toshio Meronek $15,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Fukumuki Radical, a book-length experimental literary project that expands historical documents beyond their imagined frame. The book meditates on questions of memory, Japanese internment, forced assimilation, and the violence of American nationalism. Excerpts from the book will be read during a book tour starting in San Francisco on the Japanese American Day of Remembrance in February 2020.


Truong Tran

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Broken English/ Breaking English, a two part project comprised of a written text of poetry/ poetics addressing issues of grammar in the consciousness of poetry. I am an immigrant, POC, college English teacher, yet my English is constantly being corrected in the classroom and in the world. This project will examine the politics of language, the policing and breaking of grammar as ways of asserting one’s authority and narrative. I will also teach a community workshop with the emphasis of deconstructing of grammar as a hierarchal structure that reinforces the inequalities of race in society. 

Virgie Tovar

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation, development and publication of Hungry: A Work of Fiction, an experimental novel focused on race, gender and the body. Hungry explores diet culture – a system that encourages food restriction as a way to reap social rewards and attain full humanity – through the diaries of four fat women of color who restrict as a way of remaining legible in a culture that dehumanizes them. I will complete the first five chapters by October 2019, stage a reading of the work-in-progress at Booksmith in November 2019 and release the book online in April 2020. 

William Rhodes

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support my creation and exhibition of two original quilts informed by the life stories and experiences of Black seniors. My active and authentic partnership with the Black community will be central to my two original quilts’ development and will focus attention on the issue of displacement. I will exhibit the two quilts at the African American Art and Culture Complex in May/June 2020. San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support my commission, project supplies and the 2 quilts’ fabrication and documentation costs. 

Yarrow Slaps

$15,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support my creation of approximately 10 new multi-media works and their exhibition at the Luggage Store Gallery in June 2020. My subjects will be 10 people I have met who embody San Francisco’s urban and multi-racial culture. Each work will include two portraits--one realistic and the other experimental--and a photograph; all three components will be exhibited together as one integrated multi-media piece. 

Organization Project Grants

Abada-Capoeira San Francisco

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s (ACSF) 28th annual Batizado Cultural Performance & Educational Series. The production will include a series of public workshops and lectures with master artists, a traditional initiation and graduation ceremony called a Batizado, and a culminating public performance featuring ACSF’s performance company, guest visiting artists, and local Brazilian dance and music ensembles. Project activities take place at ACSF's Mission District Capoeira Arts Center from April 1-5, 2020. 

Accion Latina

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the 38th annual Encuentro del Canto Popular Concert Series and the second season of the related "Encuentritos" Series leading up to it. 

African-American Shakespeare Company

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the 25th Anniversary Season of productions called "Reflecting Back, While Moving Forward".   A milestone for a culturally-specific arts organization that crosses boundaries and borders while looking back at the worlds most iconic theatrical pieces and taking new-risks with its community.  This four production season will incorporate some familiar classics revisited and introduce new territory with a World Premier of a modern translated Shakespeare production.  Specifically, funds will be used to support the performance venue costs for the season. 

AfroSolo Theatre Company

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support commission fees for artists and production costs associated with the 25th anniversary of the AfroSolo Arts Festival. The 2019 festival will feature three performances of the seminal Black Voices Performance Series; AfroSolo in the Gardens, a free outdoor jazz concert at Yerba Buena Gardens; and AfroSolo in the Gallery, a visual arts exhibit at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support ACTA’s Traditional Arts Roundtable Series, art sharing and discussion events on the theme of traditional arts and health. This series will consist of four free public sessions, each designed to showcase artists and their traditional art forms to a diverse audience consisting of community members, cultural workers, and health workers and practitioners. The artistic performances and workshops offered will be enhanced and complemented by a collective discussion of the roles that the presented art forms and others play in promoting individual and public health. 

American Indian Cultural Center

 $10,000 

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used for the American Indian Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco (AICCSF) to share cultural heritage and pride of the AIAN community through hosting a pow wow/big time in San Francisco, the annual Native American Heritage celebration, and costs for performers to participate in the Mission Districts annual Carnival celebration. Each of these cultural events are to sustain the cultural integrity of the AIAN community in San Francisco and our local California Indian Nations while educating the public on our continued existence and presence here in California. 

Asian Improv Arts

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the interdisciplinary project Those Gods that Look Like You, which looks into art practices that deconstruct mythological and religious iconography, and at increasingly popular commemorative activities for martyrs, victims, and survivors in cultural production. Encompassing a range of works from Black, Latino and Asian American artists, this project consists of an exhibition of visual arts work by curated artists and a collaborative work by William Roper and Francis Wong. All activities will take place in May 2020 at 41 Ross art space in Chinatown. 

Aunt Lute Foundation

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to 1) support the publication of the first in a series of anthologies by people of color writers, entitled Graffiti;  2) support a partial salary for the  Managing Editor's work on the publishing project and for the Projects Director's oversight of the event project; and 3) produce a book launch event in San Francisco in partnership with Southern Exposure, Kearny Street Workshop, and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. 

Bindlestiff Studio

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Bindlestiff Studio’s Tagalog 2019, a one-act festival featuring original works by Filipino playwrights written/performed entirely in Tagalog. The funding will help cover the added cost of this type of production: 1) the initial translation of the scripts; 2) set materials, such as custom scrims upon which we will project live super-titles; 3) an extra Translation Tech dedicated solely to the task of projecting live-translation; and 4) supplemental rehearsal time for the actors to perfect their lines and sync them with the Translation Tech. 

Brava for Women in the Arts

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the theatrical world premiere of Andrew Saito’s El Río. Presented in association with Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience (BACCE), El Río skirts the border between Mexico and the United States, telling the tale of Francisca Warrior, a Black-Seminole veteran of the Gulf War, and her quest to honor her daughter's memory while trying to save the life of another’s. El Río will be directed by BACCE founder Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and will premiere to over 700 people during 12 performances in Brava Theater Center’s Studio in September 2019. 

Center for the Art of Translation

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support artist honoraria, staff salaries, and production and promotional costs for the Two Voices event series, which brings international authors and translators to the Bay Area for readings, lectures and craft talks about literature, language and culture. The 2019-20 season will include 4-6 events with authors and translators in parallel with book and journal releases by the Center’s Two Lines Press; 8-12 events with authors and translators about contemporary world literature; and 6-8 events as part of the Litquake “Words Around the World” international series. 


Circo Zero

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support curator and artist fees for MOBILIZE, a free outdoor festival, presenting experimental and politically charged dance/performances at public sites in San Francisco, Spring 2020. Curated by Ryanaustin Dennis, Sophia Wang, and Keith Hennessy, in dialogue with indigenous advisor Mary Jean Robertson (Cherokee), MOBILIZE responds to a wide range of political crises through ethical artistic collaboration. The festival will commission a minimum of 10 artist/groups, primarily LGBTQ and Two Spirit, including immigrant, settler, and diasporic San Franciscans. 


Counterpulse

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a Spring 2020 curatorial co-commission of Two-Spirit Native American artists Javier Stell-Stell-Frésquez and J Miko Thomas (aka Landa Lakes) to present Weaving Many Spirits. The muti-evening performance festival will center and celebrate queer Native American lineage and legacy, exploring gender and sexuality through the curatorial frame of basketry making. Weaving Many Spirits will bring to life Indigenous stories of Two-Spirit figures in conversation with contemporary LGBTQ+ themes through performance, workshops, and talks over three days at CounterPulse. 


Cubacaribe

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support theater rental and artist fees of the 16th Annual CubaCaribe Festival in San Francisco in April 2020. Programming will include six performances (1 mixed program and 1 program featuring Arenas Dance Company). The curatorial vision is Rituals. Within this theme, CubaCaribe will commission Arenas Dance Company to create an evening length dance piece entitled She who is Queen. Festival programming will also include master classes, a lecture/demo and a film screening on the art, religion, history, and politics of the Caribbean. 

Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the 2020 Carnaval San Francisco two-day Festival in the heart of the Latino Cultural District. The Festival will feature performances by a variety of local as well as international artists on several stages, our Native and African pavilion, and our drumming pavilion. 

Cutting Ball Theater

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support The Bee Kills the Lion (working title), a world premiere play by San Francisco playwright Megan Cohen - commissioned by CBT, through its Cutting Ball Commissions initiative - to premiere in CBT’s 2019/2020 Season. The Bee Kills the Lion explores fraught intersections of privilege and marginalization as liberally adapted from August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, aiming to revolutionize the original play’s impact and challenge its enduring prejudices. 

Dancing Earth Creations

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a performance of Between Underground and Skyworld (BTW US), an Indigenous multimedia dance exploring renewable energy from spiritual, cultural and practical perspectives, at Dance Mission Theater in October 2019. Themes will come from the contributions from a minimum of 12 California Native and diaspora Indigenous artists, and will include mobile installation, oratory, dance, music, immersive media, and eco-innovative set design with an estimated audience reach of 540. 

Embodiment Project

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the San Francisco premiere of XXX Rated Planet: the epigenetics of femicide, which explores gender-based sexual violence. A documentary dance theater production, the work fuses street dance forms, documentary theater, choreo-poetry, live song, and interactive video. XXX explores healing from sexual trauma, including the reclamation of authority over one’s body, and how different forms of storytelling can challenge pervasive rape culture. XXX will feature 15 artists and premier at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April 2020 for 1,500+ audience members. 

Epiphany Dance Theater 

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support commissioning fees for the 16th annual San Francisco Trolley Dances, an admission-free, site-specific dance festival taking place along the J-Church MUNI/Metro line. 12 two-hour tours open to the general public on Sat./Sun. Oct. 19/20, and 4 tours for Kids on Track (the event’s educational arm) geared towards local under-resourced public schools on Fri. Oct. 18. Traveling through the Tenderloin to Noe Valley, the 2019 festival will feature choreography by Gregory Dawson, Lily Cai, AXIS Dance Company, Gerald Casel, Kim Epifano and other artists TBD. 

Eth-noh-tec Creations

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the fees of the artists participating in two performances of Eth-Noh-Tec’s world premiere of Shadows and Secrets, a multi-media theatrical storytelling piece about the life of Chin Fan Foin. An immigrant from China, he became “the richest Chinaman in this country” before dying in a mysterious accident at age 40 in Chicago 1924. The two performances will take place in late May 2020 at Fort Mason Center and will be official events of both the United States of Asian America Festival and the SF International Arts Festival. 

Eugenie Chan Theater Projects

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the Development and Production of Chan Family Picnic (CFP) a new vaudeville in English with Chinese about an American legacy of anti-Asian legislation and sex trafficking as seen through the multi-generational history of the playwright’s family as Gold Rush immigrants. Events include – public reading: Chinese Historical Society of American (CHSA); 4 free workshop productions, San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT); 3 fully-produced free performances: Cameron House, Chinatown (CH). Funds support fees for artists, project staff, production materials and venue rental. 


Foglifter Press

$8,106

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Foglifter in publishing, promoting, and hosting SF release party readings at Strut in the Castro for two literary journals and one chapbook by a SF Queer/ Trans Person of Color (QTPOC). Foglifter would use operating support from San Francisco Arts Commission for associated publishing costs including Submittable fees (so we can keep our submission process free and accessible to contributors), printing and production costs, paying contributing artists, and paying readers at events. 

Fresh Meat Productions

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the 19th Annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance (June 18-20, 2020). The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is our annual three-day performance festival that centers transgender, gender-nonconforming and queer artists of color. Curated by Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, the Festival’s three performances will take place at Z Space. The 2020 Festival will feature a dynamic mix of dance, music and theater performed by 10 trans, gender-nonconforming and queer ensembles and soloists. Awarded funds will support artists’ fees, theater rental and technical staff. 

Golden Thread Productions

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the artistic salaries and production expenses for the 2019 ReOrient Festival, Golden Thread's hallmark program slated to run 10/18/19–11/17/19 at Potrero Stage in San Francisco. This biennial Festival presents a fully-produced evening of short plays from or about the Middle East that showcase the diversity of the region. 2019 marks ReOrient’s 20th anniversary and will feature seven innovative plays from returning and new playwrights, as well as a national convening of Middle Eastern American theatre artists to build a coalition for collective power. 

Kearny Street Workshop Inc.

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Kearny Street Workshop’s KSW Presents program. This bimonthly series occurs 5 times throughout the year and each event showcases 4-8 visual literary, and/or performing artists at Kearny Street Workshop’s (KSW) SoMa location at Arc Gallery. KSW Presents is a platform for emerging and recently established primarily Asian Pacific American (APA) artists to connect with KSW’s already established audience base, exploring the intersections of race, language, social justice, LGBTQ+ issues, economic disparity and other contemporary issues within the APA community. 

La Pocha Nostra Inter Cultural Performance and Community Arts Projects

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation and production of (In)Security: a Border Opera whose goal is to explore the multiple layers of national identity in the context of xenophobia, hyper-nationalism, and the politics of language. Guillermo Gómez-Peña as lead artist will develop the piece with members of La Pocha Nostra’s core ensemble and invited spoken word artists. We intend the performances to be as accessible as possible to a wide audience whose lives are profoundly affected by these issues. The world premiere will take place at San Francisco's Joe Goode Annex. 

Likha-Pilipino Folk Ensemble

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to produce a show featuring a collaboration of Philippine rondalla ensembles from the San Francisco Bay Area. Funds will be used to support the rondalla maestro from the Philippines, stipends for musicians and performing companies, and for venue expenses. 

Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio Inc.

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support artist fees for a new presentation and community engagement series of senior artists called "Encounters Over 60" and for MJDC dancer salaries to be engaged in the activities. Two under-recognized choreographers/dance artists over 60 years old will be given a fee for a week of community outreach, to lead workshops, and to be in a free public discussion with Ms. Jenkins at a Leaders at the Lab event. Each week will end with two public performances at the MJDL and a closing reception with the artist featuring archival video. All events are open to the public. 

Mixed Bag Productions

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support artist fees and production expenses for RAIN, a new evening-length performance featuring Mixed Bag Productions' artistic director Sara Shelton Mann in collaboration with renowned interdisciplinary artist Rinde Eckert. RAIN will revisit an artistic partnership that began almost 35 years ago, and extending Mann and Eckert's deeply visceral and intuitive process of inquiry to a new generation of artists. RAIN will premiere in Spring 2020, and will create a symphony of resonance that comes from the life force of individuals tuning into one another and beyond.

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support a multi-faceted celebration of hula and Hawaiian culture that showcases the participation of all students in Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu’s hula dance company, as well as performances from award-winning Hawaiian artists Keauhou. The proposed Ho'ike Nui (simply meaning Great Show) will include original choreography created especially for the program, as well as hula, chants and dances that have been passed on from generation to generation in our hula lineage, providing a rich and varied cultural context in which to educate, entertain and engage our audiences. 

Nava Dance Theatre

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support artist fees for Nava Dance Theatre's creation and presentation of "A Thousand Names for the Goddess," to be premiered at Drive East Festival at Joe Goode Performing Annex in August 2019. The performance will include a series of dance vignettes in the form of bharatanatyam exploring the real life experiences of South Asian immigrant women. 

Push Dance Company

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support PUSH Dance Company in collaborating with jazz musician Idris Ackamoor to create The Motley Experiment, Choreographer Raissa Simpson’s second evening-length dance piece inspired by the paintings of Jazz Age Modernist painter Archibald Motley. Specifically, Simpson will draw from Motley’s 1925 painting “The Octoroon Girl”, which depicts multiracial figures of African descent. For Simpson and other African-American mixed heritage women, Archibald Motley's works represent an early portrayal of racialized identities encapsulated into positive portraits of Black lives.

The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the presentation of 8 commissioned productions from San Francisco Queer and Trans Artists of Color (QTPOC artists) to premiere at our 23rd Annual National Queer Arts Festival in June 2020.  These interdisciplinary performances will explore the lived experiences and authentically represent a broad range of QTPOC communities. This proposal requests $20,000 to support this project's artistic and development administrators, technical fees, venue rentals, insurance, and marketing costs.

Queer Rebels Productions

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Queer Rebels Productions to stage Queer Rebels Fest, two evening-length multidisciplinary performances celebrating the artistic and activist experiences of queer and trans people of color, at the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) in June 2020 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. Awarded funds will support QRP staff, participating artists and technicians’ fees, and production costs. 

Safe House for the Performing Arts

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support 100 residencies at SAFEhouse Arts at 145 Eddy Street  as part of the RAW (resident artist workshop) residency program, culminating in approximately 50 programs (100 public performances). Annually, RAW supports approximately 100-120 emerging and established artists in development of new performance in contemporary dance, experimental theater, and queer performance.  For each residency, the artists receive 50 hours of free rehearsal space; plus mentorship, fundraising, marketing, administrative and technical support for a two-night presentation.  

San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the 21st annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest, scheduled to take place in November 2019. Featuring an array of local, national, and international dancers and dance companies, performances will reflect a wide range of styles and will engage audiences through movement, costuming, and music. Over one weekend, two separate programs will take place, for a total of four performances, at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Additionally, master classes will take place at a San Francisco dance studio, led by dancers performing in the festival. 

Scott Wells & Dancers

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the annual home season, Scott Wells & Dancers will shake up the company’s hierarchy by supporting the women of the company with the production resources to create their own work. The dances are about consent, men listening, and a lesbian’s couple journey to Israel to find one partners’ Palestinian home which was lost when the new State of Israel was established. This project will be a move towards making the company a collective.

SF Urban Film Fest

$6,500

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support filmmaker fees related to film screenings and storytelling workshops in the Tenderloin and Bayview Hunters Point jointly produced with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and Young Community Developers as part of the SF Urban Film Fest’s (SFUFF) 6th Season. SFUFF leverages the power of storytelling and film to spark discussion and civic engagement around urban issues. The annual week-long festival held in November 2019 will showcase about 50 films, 40 mostly local filmmaker and expert panelists, and expect an audience of 900-1,100 people. 

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco Inc.

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the production costs for Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco's 53rd annual home season. Our company will join with select members of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church’s choir and musical ensemble for a series of four shows at the Brava Theater in the Mission District.  We would appreciate San Francisco Arts Commission’s assistance in producing this collaboration between two of the city’s longtime cultural institutions serving marginalized populations, at a time that artistic nonprofits are financially squeezed more than ever. 

Uptown Tenderloin, Inc.

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the Tenderloin Museum's (TLM) commission and presentation of “Tenderloin Voices,” a jazz composition by Sarah Wilson inspired by the history and current community of the Tenderloin neighborhood. For inspiration, Wilson will draw from a variety of primary-source writings by current and past local residents. The full-length, hour-long music production will premiere in May 2020 as part of TLM’s 5th anniversary celebration at the 400-seat Glide Memorial Church, one of the neighborhood's most famous and community-oriented venues. 

Urban Jazz Dance

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the production of the 7th annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF). A project of Urban Jazz Dance Company (UJD), the Festival will be held August 2019 at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco with sattelite events around the Bay Area and consist of an exciting weekend of performances, discussions, and dance workshops that highlight the important contributions that Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists make to our community and to raise Deaf awareness in non-Deaf populations. 

Womens Audio Mission

$20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Women’s Audio Mission (WAM)’s Local Sirens: Women in Music Performance Series, a free, quarterly performance series that promotes exceptional San Francisco Bay Area women composers, musicians & artists and commissions the creation of new and innovative musical works that are presented as part of a free, public concert series at San Francisco venues in WAM’s surrounding neighborhood of Central Market/SoMa/Tenderloin. WAM is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in music production, performance, and the recording arts. 

World Arts West

 $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the fees of the artists appearing in the  41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival’s four performances at the 3000+ seat War Memorial Opera House on July 6-14, 2019. The Festival will present performances by approximately 450 local dancers and musicians whose work perpetuates the performance of art forms deeply rooted in specific cultural traditions. The Festival’s presentations will deepen and enrich more than 10,000 audience members’ understanding and appreciation of a multiplicity of international ethnic dance and music forms. 

Special Project Grants - One-Time Grants to Address Emerging Needs

AEABA Arts Education Pilot Program - IFTA $20,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to assist The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area with assisting performing arts organizations in developing working relationships with SFUSD while expanding their programmatic opportunities to include either school based assemblies or field trips to performance venues. With this program, 6 arts organizations will be selected and assisted in applying best practices in arts education as they create relationships with San Francisco Unified School District schools. Students will experience art that is relevant to their community and cultures.
 
AEABA Arts Education Providers - IFTA $30,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support hourly payments for the Director of the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, honoraria for presenters, printing expenses, and other expenses related to providing professional development, networking opportunities, and other resources to support arts education in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

ArtSpan  $20,000  San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the Membership and Outreach Associate in 2019 while ArtSpan is in the midst of a capital campaign to finance the renovation of and move to a new building in the Excelsior district at 45 Onondaga. The Membership and Outreach Associate position is crucial as we build our membership to support the capital campaign and diversify both the form and audience of our outreach work to reflect the diverse demographics of our new community in the Excelsior.
 
African American Arts and Culture Complex - AAACC  $180,000  San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support administrative infrastructure and capacity building in the areas of staffing and systems that facilitate the critical functions of booking events and facility management and will lay the groundwork for the implementation of strategic activities that will grow and diversify our revenue through earned income and targeted fundraising in order to sustain our infrastructural transformation.
 
Bayview Opera House  $100,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the following capital improvement projects to a City-owned community cultural center: installation of a new auditorium floor and design of new exterior building signage. 
California Lawyers for the Arts  $20,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support summer program youth recruiting, interviews, coordination of interships at arts organizations, enrichment workshops, and individual college counseling sesssions. 
Community Arts Stabilization Trust - CAST  $3,216,402  San Francisco Arts Commission Funds will support (hard & soft) capital costs for seismic and tenant improvements, costs associated with the interior and exterior design and engineering and construction relating to the redevelopment of the Dempster Building 447 Minna Street. 
Community  Vision Capital & Consulting  $100,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used for the creation and execution of quick response emergency space grants to support arts non-profits faced with unexpected costs associated with space, inlcuding relocation and damages to space and materials. 
Dancers' Group  $20,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the salaries of the executive director, program director, and bookkeeper for their time interfacing with the organization’s 81 San Francisco-based fiscally sponsored projects. This will include capacity-building and technical support in the form of fundraising training, oversight of grant applications through the final reporting process with funders and donors, and general oversight of the fiscal sponsorship program that includes robust communication—online and in-person—with artists and administrators. 
 
Galería Studio 24  $30,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the relocation of venerable arts organization Galeria de la Raza to an interim location, including the moving of office and archival art work and the initiation of programming at the new site.

GLBT Historical Society $200,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support year two of the implementation of the GLBT Historical Society's "Five Year Strategic Plan: 2018-2022.” The plan outlines a series of specific steps designed to grow and strengthen the organization’s programs and services, including the ceration of an archival institution.
 
Intersection for the Arts - IFTA
 
$20,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support our artist resources and services, professional development, and subsidized low cost space and artist residencies. 
New Conservatory Theater Center $50,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support NCTC’s YouthAware theatre education program, which will deliver theatre programming to 15,000 K-12 SFUSD students during the 2018/19 academic year. Funding will partially underwrite staff compensation which will ensure that YouthAware performances are provided at no cost to SFUSD students or schools. 
 
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support The Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center presentation of four public performances of live music and dance in the Center’s Main Hall. The performance series will include the acclaimed Friction Quartet; Bubba’s Taxi (a cover band comprising doctors from UCSF); a double bill with Five Spot Jazz Quintet with Mike Greensill and Tammy Lynn Hall; and AXIS Dance Company. Tickets will be offered for no more than $10 and are free for persons with disabilities. All performances will be ‘all behaviors welcome,’ to create an inclusive environment for people with disabilities. The Center is located between the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced and is a fully accessible facility. 
 
San Francisco Beautiful - 1 Brush Initiative $20,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the creation of a community inspired mural along the 101 underpasses along Blanken Ave in Visitacion Valley’s Little Hollywood neighborhood. The creative process will include several community visioning meetings designed to develop a vision for a mural that reflects the interests, history, and/or identity of the neighborhood. The neighborhood input process will be organized by Visitacion Valley Connections and Little Hollywood Neighborhood Association. Muralists working with 1 Brush, will lead the creative/visioning process and manage all aspects of the mural. 
 
San Francisco Juneteenth Festival - AAACC $50,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support San Francisco’s annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 15, 2019. The celebration will continue a long-standing tradition that originated on Fillmore Street in 1951, including a parade, a street fair, African-derived music, dance, crafts, cuisine, visual arts, spiritual and healing practices and performances by Black and African American artists over an eight-hour period. The project will serve an estimated 5000 people. Awarded Arts Commission funds will support participating artists’ fees, production costs and publicity expenses. 
 
Theatre Bay Area $20,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the costs of conducting EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) training for San Francisco theatres and artists. TBA will partner with artEquity, an organization that provides EDI training across the country, to conduct the program. The project will span 18 months, including a planning period, a year-long training intensive for a cohort of representatives from ten diverse theatres (and TBA itself), along with community-wide convenings addressing equity and inclusion. Project activities will take place at various San Francisco (and other Bay Area) locations.

The Center for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Art & Culture - QCC $40,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support the free grantwriting services to San Francisco based Individual Artists of Color and Arts Organizations led by and serving people of color. 
Uphill Arts - IFTA $56,000 San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support The Where Art Lives program in at least 10 classrooms with partners in SFUSD and community programs to reach more than 250 students, leading students through an art-making process that encourages feelings of ownership in the students’ communities. All students will be instructed in the basic skills of graffiti-style calligraphy, gaining skills and confidence in self-expression and making meaning. Students will also engage in critical thinking about vandalism and public art issues in San Francisco. We will continue to work with classes where we have relationships and will seek to recruit more teachers to be involved with the program, targeting middle school English Language Development classes to provide arts instruction to students who might not otherwise have access to the arts. 

Writers Corps Teaching Artist in Residence

Imani Hollingsworth 

$52,000  San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support the year-long residency of Imani Hollingsworth, a spoken word poet, at the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Clubhouse. Imani will lead 2 spoken word poetry classes of 10-12 high school members each, in the after school hours. Each class will meet weekly, for 2 hours. Imani will also offer 30 minutes of office hours per class each week (for a total of 5 hrs of instructional time/wk). The classes will run from September 2019 - May 2020. Students will write, read and interpret poetry and spoken word pieces from various cultures, and learn how to perform original work.
 
Madeleine Clifford $52,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Madeleine Clifford as a poet in residence in Year One with high school students at Woodside Learning Center, the school inside SF Juvenile Justice Center. SFAC funds will allow Madeleine to provide 45-min long poetry classes to five groups of up to 25 students, once a week, for a total of four hours per day for 38 weeks beginning September 6th to June 21, 2019. 

Mandeep Sethi $52,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Mandeep Sethi as a teaching artist in residence in Year 1 with high school students at the June Jordan School for Equity in grades 10-12. Mandeep will be providing two hour long, in school and after-school writing workshops to multiple groups of fifteen to twenty students twice a week for 32 weeks beginning August 6, 2019. Students will learn to use poetry and lyric-writing as a means of self-expression and healing, and will work towards creating a student publication which will be printed and shared upon culmination. 

Robyn Carter $52,000

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will be used to support Robyn Carter as a teaching artist in residence in Year 1 with elementary school students at Redding Elementary School in grades 3-5, providing daily, hour-long writing workshops to two groups of approximately 20 students for 32 weeks beginning September 16, 2019. Robyn will work with a group of third-graders during the regular school day on Mondays-Thursdays, and a second group of third- through fifth-graders during an after-school program on Fridays. 

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125