Arts Education Resources

The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to providing access to high-quality arts experiences in and out-of-school time for San Francisco youth, families, residents, and stakeholders across San Francisco neighborhood communities through Arts Education.

For additional information about Arts Education Programming, please contact Program Officer Jonell T. Molina at or call 415-212-2218.

Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about our grants program.

2023 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Flyer

2023 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Arts Education Community Events Dates

San Francisco Arts & Culture Guide Click here for SF Arts & Culture Guide Online
Pop-Up Resource Village Second Saturdays in the Bayview | Between 1201 Mendell Street & Bayview Opera House | Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre 2nd Saturdays from 1pm-4:30-pm
 Saturday September 9 | Saturday October 14 | Saturday November 11
Domingos Familiares at MCCLA Every Sunday at 11am - 5 pm 
2023 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center Opening Reception:  September 15, 2023
Exhibition: September 15 - October 6, 2023
Art Walk SF 2023 - Click on Link for more info.

September 2 (Castro) | FREE 
October 7 (Glen Park) | November 4 (Clement)

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival- Click link for more info

Now through October 2023
View All August Events Here
Select Calendar Dropdown Tab to View by Series or View by Genre

Sunday Streets SF 2023- Click link for more info September 24 (Western Addition)
October 15 (Excelsior + Phoenix Day)
Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest 2023
Day 1: Saturday 9/23 
Day 2: Day 2: Saturday 9/30 
Day 1: Saturday 9/23 at 1-3pm
Artists: Fullstop Dance, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Seeds and Sequin, and Tuf Feinz

Day 2: Saturday 9/30 at 1-3pm | Free Outdoor Festival
​Artists: Push Dance Company, Mix'd Ingrdnts, Noorani Dance Company, and David Herrera Performance Company
Undiscovered SF SF Block Party: Leaders of the New School at SOMA Pilipinas Filpino Cultural Heritage District Saturday September 16 at 12pm-6pm | For More Info Click HERE
Kapwa Gardens Presents Lavender Cinema Lounge - "Filipino & QUeer Interesections: Solidarity in Struggle Power"  
World Arts West 2023 Dance Festival  at Presidio Tunnel Tops, East Meadow 210 Lincoln Blvd, SF, CA 94129

Sunday September 10 at 1-4pm | Free Outdoor Festival

Translations from Here Beadwork by Kim Shuck at SF Public LIbrary- Downtown/Civic Center Branch

Now through September 10, 2023 at 6th Floor of Main Library

African American Shakespeare Company presents Spark Day at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Sunday September 3 at 11:30am - 2pm | Free Event
Prizes x Connect with Community x Spark Day Performers
Ruth Williams Opera House (RWOH) Bayview Grand Unveiling

Ceremonial Unveiling of the Ruth Williams Memorial Plaque. There will be light bites and speakers from the SF Arts Commission, Ruth Williams Opera House, and the Williams Family. 

Saturday September 2 | Doors Open at 1:45pm

About Arts Education

As part of the Community Investments Program, Arts Education at the SFAC engages with the SF Arts Community through

  1. Grantmaking
  2. Arts Education Activities
  3. Arts Education Conveners and Funder Collaboratives, and
  4. Arts Education Resources.


The Community Investments program supports San Francisco-based artists, arts organizations, and communities with an equity lens through grants, technical assistance, arts education initiatives, and community-based Cultural Centers. Arts Education. 

  • Artivist-in-Residence (AIR) Grant

    The Artivist-in-Residence (AIR) is a grant program for a nonprofit arts organization to hire teaching artists as part-time hourly employees to design and implement socially responsive art and creative exploration learning experiences (e.g. in-person, hybrid, remote) as a means to heal and build community. In turn, teaching artists are provided equitable compensation and opportunities to further their artistic practices and professional development as educators in a three-year cohort.

  • Grants for Youth Programming

Arts Education Activities | Special Project Grants

The Arts Education program partners with teaching artists, and arts organizations at schools and after school sites for youth programming .The Arts Education program partners with community stakeholders to provide opportunities for youth programming, networking, highlighting the impact of the work, and discuss trends in the field.

Arts Education Conveners and Funder Collaboratives

Arts Education Conveners and Funder Collaboratives are strategic networking spaces to better understand the impact of the work and better understand the issues in the trends of the Arts Ecosystem (locally, state, and federal); cohort learning, professional development, and Arts Education Policy Advocacy in our communities.

Arts Education Resources

Providing and sharing access to the community resources, services, and programming to youth, artists, families, and community stakeholders.

Arts Education Categories

AcroSports | 639 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 | Contact- E: or O: 415-665-2276
2023 Calendar of Events - Click for More Info | Tuition Assistance | Installment Plans

Kids Classes: 10 months - 16 years Old
AcroSports is a unique space designed to inspire play and empowerment through non-competitive movement.

  • PreK/Toddler Classes: 10 months - 5 Years Old
    • Students are encouraged to be themselves in a colorful, creative, and stimulating space. Our coaches help students use a variety of apparatus as they learn to move and discover their own bodies.
  • Youth/Teen Classes: 6 to 18 years Old
    • From artistic gymnastics to aerial arts, breakdancing and parkour, AcroSports offers fun and challenging youth classes for active children aged 6 and up.
  • Special Needs 
    • Come to our Special Needs Open Gym and encourage your child in self-guided exploration of our facility. We have space to run, jump, crawl, swing, balance, bounce and climb.

Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology (BAYCAT) | 2415 Third Street, Suite 230, San Francisco, CA 94107
Contact- E: or O: 415-701-8228

BAYCAT believes that every person’s story matters. We envision a world where media and technology facilitate the telling of stories from the broadest possible range of experiences, driving people to create inclusive, equitable communities.

BAYCAT addresses racial, gender and economic inequity by creating powerful, authentic media while diversifying the creative industry. Through the education and employment of low-income youth, young people of color, and young women in the Bay Area, and producing media for socially-minded clients, we are changing the stories that get shared with the world.

  • Youth  Programs | Digitial Media Classes for Youth: Filmmaking, Graphic Arts

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco | Main Office: 380 Fulton Street, SF, CA 94102 | Various Clubhouse Locations Across San Francisco | Serving Youth Ages 6 -18 years Old

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, we inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

We provide high-quality programs and support services that allow Club members to leave us at age 18 “ready for life.” We focus on four essential program areas that we call our Formula for Impact: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Good Character and Community Engagement, Job Readiness With Earning Potential. Our Formula for Impact is based on running targeted programs in these areas and ensuring regular attendance and an optimal experience in our Clubs.

  • Find A Club Near You For More Info- Bayview | Excelsior | Fillmore | Mission | Tenderloin | Visitacion Valley 

Citizen Film | 1111 Buhanan Street, Suite 11, San Francisco, CA 94115
Contact- Contact Form Here or O: 415-206-1880

Citizen Film is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to crafting documentaries with care and dignity. We collaborate with cultural institutions, communities and civic organizations to create documentary media that fosters active engagement in cultural and civic life.

Cuicalli | 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact- E: or O: 415-672-6550 | Class Information and Registration

Cuicacalli (House of Culture) is a year-round youth dance program, based at Brava Theater in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District-the ​​unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. Founded in 2008 by renowned international performer Jesus “Jacoh” Cortes, Cuicacalli is an international, cross-cultural, dance-arts educational institution, providing Indigenous, Ballet Folklórico, and Contemporary Dance programs.

The Cultural Conservancy Sacred Land Foundation | 1016 Lincoln Bluvd #5, San Francisco, CA 94129

Contact- E: or O: 415-561-6594

Youth and Elders are integrated into all of our work, which is inherently intergenerational, as we work together to clear the spring of our minds, hearts, bodies and communities, serving not only living generations, but also our ancestors and descendants. Youth and elders in our programs engage in activities such as harvesting and weaving native tule plants, participating in community workshops to build canoes, holding night astronomy sessions with traditional Hawaiian navigators teaching Native star sciences, and studying clean water systems to revitalize traditional water springs in the historical Presidio National Park of San Francisco.

  • Apprenticeships & Internships
  • Youth Arts
  • Native Youth Guardians of the Waters Program

Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. | 440 Portrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

The DJ Project Programs/Class | Ages 16-26 | Contact: Nancy Abdul-Shakur, Program Manager | O: 415 - 487 - 6714 or E:

​The DJ Project’s one-of-a-kind DJing classes harness the hip-hop culture and use it as a medium through which youth validate their own existence and express themselves. Under the guidance of a world-renowned DJ and scratch guru, youth participate in a variety of cutting-edge and industry specific skill building trainings such as scratching, digital DJing, and live performances, while also engaging in lessons in professionalism, project management, artist development, and collaboration. Our youth have gone on to become high-profile DJs in the industry while contributing to a cultural movement that promotes inclusion and attachment.

Trainings culminate in public performances during in-house events such as graduation ceremonies and orientations, but also at highly attended and famous community events such as Carnaval.


  • Youth and young adults ages 12-26
  • Willing to commit to an 8-month program
  • Able to commit to programming twice per week
  • Excited to learn industry skills

Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) | 1840 Sutter Street, Suite 207, San Francisco, CA 94115

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) | 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact MCCLA: 415-796-6422

Presidio Dance Theatre | 2902 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123 
Contact - E: or O: (415) 561-3958
Presidio Dance Theatre (PDT) is a program of the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation (PPAF). PPAF’s mission is to create cultural change, global dialogue and human connection through the artistry of dance. PPAF preserves, enhances and presents dance, music and theatre traditions in their historical context, increasing public knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms throughout the world.

Community Engagement

  • Youth Company | Ages 5 to 18 | Youth Ensemble & Elite Division | E:
    • Presidio Dance Theatre's Youth Company provides young dancers, ages 5 to 18, with the opportunity to study Vaganova-style Ballet, Folk, Character & Historical Court Dance, and perform alongside the Adult Company in PDT Signature Productions. Youth Company students have been accepted into professional dance companies, college dance programs and summer programs with Kirov, Royal, Bolshoi and American Ballet Theaters. 
    • Presidio Dance Theatre community outreach program, DANCEOUT!, provides opportunities for sustained engagement in the arts, while advancing racial equity and supporting youth development. In partnership with SFUSD and the YMCA, 280,000+ Bay Area students and families have benefitted from our programming, including our annual Children’s Day at the SF War Memorial Opera House, a multicultural dance presentation highlighting the diversity and inclusive spirit of California. 99% of our students pursue a college degree and 85% of DANCEOUT! students are the first in their families to attend university, the majority receiving scholarships for dance. 

San Francisco Children's Art Center (SFCAC) | Fort Mason Center, Bldg C San Francisco, CA 94123
Contact: | SFCAC Scholarships

  • Fall Session | September 20 to December 16
  • Click Here to Enroll Now
  • Drop-in Classes 
    • In once-a-week classes, our inquiry-based approach supports an exploratory process. Tailored to children’s stages of development, our classes sequentially build children’s creative skills, social interaction, imagination, and reflective dialogue with both the teaching artist and peers.
    • Wednesdays | Sep 20 to Dec 13 |No Class Nov. 23)
      • Side-by-Side (2-3 years old with adult co-participant) | 11am -12pm | Cost: $280 | 1 hr classes x 12 weeks
      • Art Sutdio I (3-5 years old, drop-off class) | 1:30-3pm | Cost: $340 | 1.5 hr class x 12 weeks
      • Drawing & Painting from Observation & Imagination ( 6-10 years old) 4-5:30pm) | Cost: $340 | 1.5 hr class x 12 weeks
    • Saturdays | Sep 23 to Dec 15 (No class Nov. 26) | 10am-12pm | Cost: $400 | 2-hr class x 12 weeks
      • Art Studio II (3.5-5.5 years old, drop-off class)

San Francisco Historical Society | 608 Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA 94142
Contact: Lana Constantini, SFHS Director of Educaiton and Publications, E:

San Francisco Youth Theatre (SFYT) | 3106 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact - E: or O: 415-571-1234

  • SFYT Classes | *Accessible to All! No student turned away for lack of funds. Financial Aid is available. Learn More.
    • Story Theatre | Entering Grades PreK - 1 | Dates: 9/15 - 12/11/ 2023 | Times: 3:15-4:15 | Cost: $265 | Location: SFYT @ Casa Doulas (3106 Folsom Street @ Cesar Chavez) | Instructor: Sally Davis
      • Magical Sally Davis will delight young actors with costumes, fantasy, music and movement. Children act out stories from around the world, creating magic through theatre and imagination. Story Theatre promotes self-confidence, creativity, language skills and brings children together in joyful and surprising ways.
    • Take The Stage| entering Grades 2-4 | Dates: 9/25-12/5/23 |Times: Tuesdays 4:15-5:30pm | Cost: $350/10-wk session | Winter Showcase Performance: Tuesday December 12 at 6pm | Location: SFYT @ Casa Doulas (3106 Folsom Street @ Cesar Chavez) | Instructor: Sally Davis
      • Take the Stage leads elementary-aged children through a journey into the world of theater. Students develop acting and improvisation skills through theater games, scene work, storytelling, creative movement, music-making, and character exploration.
      • Find your voice, build self-confidence, and discover the joys of performance through collaboration. This class prepares students for SFYT’s full-scale elementary performance ensemble, Madcap Players, beginning in January.
    • Acting is Believing | Cost: $375/11-wk session | Location: SFYT @ Casa Doulas (3106 Folsom Street @ Cesar Chavez) 
      • Level 1: Grades 5-7 | Times: Wednesdays 4:15-5:45pm | Dates: 9/20 - 12/6/23 | Insturctors: Dyana Diaz & Daniel Benitez
      • Level 2: Grades 8-12 (8th Gradres May Choose Level 1) | Times: Mondays 4:40-6pm | Dates: 9/18-12/11/23 | Instructors: Leslie Price & Dankia Butler 
        • Winter Showcase Performance: Tuesday December 12 at 5pm
        • SFYT Middle School students embark on training body, mind and voice with scene work and audition skills. SFYT's 415 Teen Ensemble builds a strong sense of community with full-scale productions that focus on social justice issues, with plenty of fun and new friends.
        • Acting is Believing explores techniques of acting through theatrical games, movement exercises, voice development, storytelling, and improvisational work, using scenes and monologues.
        • Students grow their creative skills and develop the tools they need to successfully prepare for the parts they were meant to play. This class also prepares students for our full scale 2024 spring 415 Teen Ensemble production.
    • Your Best Audition | Grade: 8 | Cost: $400 | Times: Saturdays at 11:30am - 1:30pm | Dates: October 21 - February 3 * Every 2 weeks Location: SFYT @ Casa Doulas (3106 Folsom Street @ Cesar Chavez)
      • Winter Showcase Performance: Tuesday December 12 at 5pm
      • These Saturday master classes will covers the essential aspects of a strong audition, and is geared towards preparing 8th graders who want to apply to the theatre department at Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts, or for those who want to gain general audition skills for plays or performing arts programs.
      • Choosing and Preparing Audition Materials: You’ll select and memorize a memorize a monologue that showcases your talents and speaks to your identity.
      • The Audition Process: Students will hone their audition materials through opportunities to perform, improvise, and interview in front of others.
    • Vocal Play | Cost: $350/10-wk sessionGrades: 8-12 | Dates: 9/27 - 12/6/23 | Times: Wednesdays 4:15pm- 5:15pm | Location: Red Poppy Art House (2698 Folsom Street) | Instructor: Michelle Jordan
      •  Winter Showcase Performance: Tuesday December 12 at 6pm
      • Develop your voice and become the singer you want to be. Explore pop, gospel and musical theatre repertoire with expert singing maestra, Queen Michelle Jordan. You’ll sing in community using both the solo and ensemble training that suits your desires and needs.
    • Queer Drama | Cost: 200 or Pay What You Can | Ages: 14-18 | Dates: 9/14 - 11/2 (8 weeks) | Location: SFYT @ Casa Doulas (3106 Folsom Street @ Cesar Chavez) | Instructor: Guillermo Ornelas & Daniel Benitez
      • A class for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 14-18, to explore Queer narratives through theater, storytelling, and performance. In this class students will learn about Queer playwrights, the art of Drag, and share your own narratives while building a supportive and inclusive cohort with their peers. This class will be shaped by YOU!

Tech in the Tenderloin | 1446 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact- E: 

Tech in the Tenderloin (TNT) expands career imaginations and life possibilities for low-opportunity youth and families in our city's and nation's most challenging neighborhoods by connecting them with high-opportunity tech through fun events and educational activities.

  • Tech Clubs, Event, Field Trips, Tech Initiatives, & Spark Sessions

The MIX at SFPL | 100 Larkin Street, San Franciosc, CA 94102
Contact: O: 415-557-4404 or E:

Check out the San Francisco Public Library's resources, programs, and services for Middle School and High School Youth

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) | Venue: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. (Between 3rd & 4th Sts.) | Office: 760 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact: 415-543-1718 | Now through October 2023

Youth Art Exchange (YAX) | 5137 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 

 Contact- O: 415-574-8137 or E: 

Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco.

YAX Fall 2023 Programs | September 13 - December 6  x All Ages at YAX Studios at LA Fenix | Learn More + Sign Up Here | 
FREE SFUSD HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES | Orientation for high school classes, Wednesday, September 13th 4:30pm. Classes start the week of September 18th.

  • Architecture | Fashion Design | Darkroom Photography | Comic Book Illustration | Animation
  • ​To apply for a scholarship, visit the our program page and select Scholarship Application as your activity. After you sign up for the scholarship, YAX will be in touch shortly to help you enroll for the intensives.
  • Free arts studio classes and programming for San Francisco public high school students are starting in September! 
  • Please note, YAX has changed their registration system to better manage enrollments and communicate with participants and families. Parents/guardians and students should complete the applications together as there are specific questions for both. If you need support completing an application, please contact
  • ADULT CLASSES- Have you always wanted to take a class at YAX but are past your high school days? We are excited to extend our work to adults! Fees for these classes support our free community and youth programming!


The Arts Education Community Events and Activities shares information and links of upcoming Community Events for the month of August 2023 - See below. This section will be updated each month.

SF Arts Commission Galleries
Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia | Main Gallery | 401 Van Ness Ave, Suite 126, SF, CA 9410
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 pm  5pm | Masks Recommended
Exhibition: Now through September 23, 2023

About the Exhibit: 
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Main Gallery is thrilled to present Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia, a solo exhibition celebrating the work of iconic muralist and multidisciplinary artist Juana Alicia Araiza. The exhibition centers on a few of Alicia’s renowned mural work around the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a new body of work on the story of La X’tabay, a Yucatec Maya myth.  

Curated by Marco Antonio Flores, the exhibition features Alicia’s sketches for her murals, pages from her sketchbooks, and illustrations from the forthcoming graphic novel with Tirso González Araiza, La X’tabay, presented in the exhibition as a hand-printed artist’s book in codex form.    

“I am thrilled to present an exhibition reflecting the exuberance of San Francisco’s multicultural communities and the importance of art in everyday life,” said Marco Antonio Flores. “Juana Alicia has been a leading figure in the California mural movement since the early 1980s and this show reflects the scope of her public works from fresco to fused glass, bringing attention to the colorful palette that makes up the streets of San Francisco.”

Art With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community | City Hall, North Light Court & Ground Floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl
  Now through Friday August 25, 2023 | Monday- Friday 8am-6pm

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC)

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) | 2868 Mission Street, SF, CA 94110 | 
MCCLA Domingo Familiares | Every Sunday from 11am-5pm

SOMArts | 934 Brannan St. (Between 9th & 8th Street) , SF, CA 94103
Gallery Hours: Thursday: 3-7:30pm | Friday: 12-7:30pm | Saturday - Wednesday: 12-5pm
Upcoming Exhibit: "In This House We Are All Buried Alive" by Paola de la Calle | Solo Exhibition
Exibition: Now Through August 27, 2023 

About the Exhibit:
Drawing inspiration from Colombian poet María Mercedes Carranza’s piece “La Patria” (“The Motherland”), De la Calle threads together personal and collective memory to repair the ruptures of historical amnesia.

Through her multidisciplinary practice, her debut solo exhibition examines the relationship between power and memory. What becomes the memory of a culture? Of a family? Who benefits when memories are forgotten?

Art Walk SF | 2023 Calendar of Art Walks in SF

  • September 2: Castro | October 7: Glen Park | November 4: TBA

Kapwa Gardens | 967 Mission Street, SF, CA 94102
*Every Wednesday, 1:30-7pm: Positively Negatively- Free COVID Testing

Transgender District Presents "Riot Party" - The Compton's Cafeteria Riots 57th Anniversary Party @ Kapwa Gardens
Sunday August 27, 2023 at 12pm-5pm | FREE

Presented by The Rooted School and Kapwa Gardens | Escrima and Kuntau Sug  & Kali Illustrimo | Many Styles
Saturday August 26, 2023 at 12pm - 5pm | FREE * Sliding Scale Donations Accepted | RSVP HERE

Saturday August 19, 2023 at 12pm-6pm | Free * Sliding Scale Donations Accepted | All Ages | RSVP HERE

KŪKULU, Protecting our Sacred Lands and Empowering Our Next Generations | Lavender Cinema Lounge at Kapwa Gardens
Friday August 4, 2023 at 5pm-9pm | Free *Sliding Scale Donations Accepted

Manilatown Heritage Foundation Presents: August 4th International Hotel Commemoration | RSVP HERE | Free
Location: 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
1-6pm: Exhibit Viewing Open to the Public- Imagine Kearny Street
6:30-8:30pm: Food, Music, Poetry, and Vigil

2023 Sunday Streets San Francisco
 September 24 (Western Addition) | October 15 (Excelsior + Phoenix Day)

Presidio Sunday Afternoon Presents: Harmony Unleashed: Music And Art For Mother Earth
Sunday August 13, 2023 | Time 1pm - 5pm| Location: Presidio Tunnel Tops, 210 Lincoln Blvd. SF, CA 94129

On Sunday, August 13, 1 to 5 pm, as part of Presidio monthly Sunday Afternoons series, Favianna Rodriguez and Felicia Gabaldon unveil a new public art installation at Presidio Tunnel Tops: Iconic Visions, a project of Ancestral Futurism. Come meet Felicia and celebrate her colorful ground murals with music from Rene y Familia and Audiopharmacy, DJ Sizzle Fantastic, and more!

Through this event, Presidio aims to celebrate the vital role that art plays in shaping our relationship with the land. Art and culture are our most powerful tools to inspire the social change these times demand. Our current relationship to the earth is based on destructive myths that have shaped our cultural imaginations since colonization. We need artists to help us imagine a future where together we thrive with nature.

2023 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
From May-October YBG Festival is the place to dance, sing and strum along with some of the best artists from the Bay Area and beyond including: John Santos, Joe Bataan, La Mezcla, Yosvany Terry, La Doña, Martin Luther McCoy, Circus Bella, SF Uke Jam and many more - all FREE and outdoors.

  • Sat 8/19, 10am-3pm: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Rhythm & Motion present YBG Dance Day

  • Sat 8/12 and Sun 8/13, 11am-5pm: 30th Annual Pistahan Festival and Parade | Visit Pistahan Website HERE For Complete Schedule

  • Sat 8/5, 1-2:30pm: Afrosolo Arts Festival Presents Martin Luther McCoy

See the amazing summer lineup online, with more to come in the fall:


.The Art Education Directory provides access to a profile list of San Francisco-based Arts Education Organizations and Programs which includes details about the following below. If there is an Arts Education Organization and Program you would like to add to the list please contact Program Officer Jonell T. Molina at  or 415-252-2218.

Information About the Program

Name of Artist/Organization

Contact Information: Address, Contact Number, Email Contact, and Website (If available)

Organization Type: N/A, Arts Organizer, Teaching Artist, Arts Administrator/Coordinator

Type of Program/Services Offered by the Program:

  • Field Trip takes place off school grounds and includes structures for student interaction and engagement
  • Performance takes place at the school site, fits into a 45-60 minute time frame (the length of a typical assembly program) and includes structures for students interaction and engagement.
  • Workshop includes one to four instructional sessions working with the same group of students each session and may include performance or field trip opportunities
  • Residency Includes  five or more sequential instructional sessions working with the same group of students each session and may include performances or field trip opportunities.
  • Professional Development includes providing art education lectures, workshops, or seminars to teaching artists or art organizations.
  • Advocacy & Community Organizing incldues individuals and organizations that serve as a link between teh arts education community and public agencies.

Filter for a Specific Category(ies):

  • Grade Level: Pre-K, TK, Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, High School, Post High School, All Ages, Adults, and Seniors
  • Discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Media, Multi-Discipline, Music, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Art
  • Subject(s): History, Language Arts, Math, Science, N/A
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Spanish, Filipino (Tagalog), Russian
  • Professional Development Type: Arts Integration or Deepenign Disciplinary Knowledge

Program Description

Arts Education Directory


The Arts Education News and Resources section will provide share updates on local, state, and federal Arts Education developments; offering upcoming professional development opportunities and Arts Education Meetings.

In the News

SFUSD Arts Department (PreK-12 Arts) Website
SFUSD Arts Department Newsletter

New Art on Market Street Poster Series: Mabuhay Market Street! Market Street Poster Series Finding Filipino Makes Its Official Debut - Click Here

California Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Proposition 28 and Prioritizes Arts Education for All Students; Create CA Calls for Equity and Accountability in its Implementation - Click Here for Report by Create CA

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network Website  

Arts Education Alliance of the BAY AREA (AEABA) Website  


California Arts Council Website 

CReate CA Website  

Justice Funders Website


National Endowment For the Arts (NEA) Website  

Pawanka Fund Website 

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) PreK-12 Arts Department Website  

The CEnter for cultural power Website

Poetry Out Loud is an annual (November - March) free, tiered recitation competition supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, where students choose poems from the POL website anthology ( that resonate or speak to them. Students memorize and recite these poems in a performance competition, beginning at the classroom/school level or afterschool program. One student champion will represent their school/program at the San Francisco County competition, the county champion will compete at the state competition, and the state champion will represent California at the national competition. The national champion wins a grand prize of $20,000! POL is a way to introduce/expose teens to Literature/Poetry, developing their public speaking skills, and being able to add this onto their resume/personal statements/scholarships for college as well.

For questions about the Poetry Out Loud (POL) Program, please contact Program Officer Jonell T. Molina at

Poetry Out Loud Website 

SF 2023 SF County Poetry Out Loud Competition Results
1st Place/ 2023 SF POL County Champion: Duyen Huynh, 9th Grade, George Washington High School

2nd Place: Amy Bernal, 12th Grade, George Washington High School

3rd Place: Cielo Fernandez, 9th Grade, Boys & Girls Clubs of SF - Tenderloin Clubhouse

The Artivist-in-Residence (AIR) is a grant program for a nonprofit arts organization to hire teaching artists as part-time hourly employees to design and implement socially responsive art and creative exploration learning experiences (e.g. in-person, hybrid, remote) as a means to heal and build community. In turn, teaching artists are provided equitable compensation and opportunities to further their artistic practices and professional development as educators in a three-year cohort.

For questions about this grant category, please contact Program Officer Jonell T. Molina at or 415-252-2218.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

October 25
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

October 17
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

October 18
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

October 17
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online