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 email@example.com or call 415-212-2218.
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Arts Education Community Events Dates
Afrolatinidad en la Bahia de San Francisco ¡PRESENTE! AND Heart-Speak Dichos de Mi Padre at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA)
||Now through Sunday March 12, 2023
Closing Reception: Sunday March 12, 2023 | 2 -5pm
|ChiChai "Reroot" at The Ramp Gallery/SOMArts||Now through Sunday April 9, 2023|
|Muni Raised Me at SOMArts||Now through Sunday April 9, 2023|
|We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family at Chinese Historical Society of America||Now through Saturday July 1, 2023|
|How I Keep Looking Up/ Como Sigo Mirando Hacia Arriba / 仰望 at Chinese Cultural Center||Now through Friday August 4, 2023 | Tuesday - Saturday | 10am - 4pm|
Art with Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community
||Now through Friday August 25, 2023 | Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm
City Hall North Light Court & Ground Floor, 1. Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
|Domingos Familiares at MCCLA||Every Sunday | 11am - 5 pm|
|Wong Kim Ark Day - Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Superme Court's landmark birthright citizenship decision at Chinese Historical Society of America||Saturday March 25, 2023 | 10:30am - 1pm
Expressions Challenge | 13-18 year Old High School Students
|Deadline to Submit Entry Friday March 31st, 2023 @ 9:59 pm Pacific Time
See Arts Education News & Resources Below for Link & More Details
|2023 SFUSD Citywide Youth Arts Festival||
Visual Arts Exhibitions | Thursday April 6, 2023 - Monday April 24, 2023
Live Performance & Visual Art Exhibitions
Saturday, April 15, , 2023 10 a.m-4 p.m.
*FREE | EVENTBRITE RSVP HERE
About Arts Education
As part of the Community Investments Program, Arts Education at the SFAC engages with the SF Arts Community through
- Arts Education Activities
- Arts Education Conveners and Funder Collaboratives, and
- 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.
- Poetry Out Loud (POL) Program
- Where Art Lives - Special Project Grant (SPX)
- Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA) - Special Project Grant (SPX)
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 Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA)
- Bay Area Arts Education Funder (BAEFF) Collaborative
- Creative Youth Development (CYD) Funders Forum
- SFUSD Arts Community Collaborative
Arts Education Resources
Providing and sharing access to the community resources, services, and programming to youth, artists, families, and community stakeholders.
Arts Education Categories
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 (www.poetryoutloud.org) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
.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 email@example.com 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
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 Newsletter #35 January 2023 - Click Here
New Art on Market Street Poster Series Highlight How Different People, and a Pigeon, Each Navigate San Francisco's Iconic Market Street - 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)
- American Artscape Magazine - Click here for Current Issue - Communities"Latinx" Original Threads: Equity and Access in the Arts for Hispanic/
- Previous Issues 2005 - 2023 - Click Here
- NEA Art Works Podcast - Click Here
Arts Education Resources in the CommuniTY
Youth Art Exchange (YAX)
Youth Art Exchange is offering free classes for San Francisco Public High School Youth. For more info call or text 415-574-8137 or apply online: https://www.youthartexchange.org/disciplines
- Advanced Architecture Firm
- Video Art
- Darkroom Photography
- Intro to Architecture
- Fashion Design
- Music Production
Teacher Preview night at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
Take a break from class and take a night out to the theatre! A.C.T.’s Education and Community Programs Department offers substantial discounts to our shows for teachers in the Bay Area. New this year! Teacher Preview nights include hosted pre-show drinks and snacks, a workshop to help you prepare your students for the show, and a ticket for the preview performance. Tickets are just $20, or free if you’ve already reserved seats for your class to the student matinee.
- Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone 2 | Thu, Apr 6 | 6 p.m. Workshop, 7 p.m. Curtain
*No Teacher Preview night will be held for A Christmas Carol.
Tickets are $20 per person, free if you book a Student Matinee! | Use code TEACHER when checking out. | To Learn More: https://www.act-sf.org/community/
Expressions Challenge | Entry Due Friday March 31st, 2023 at 9:59 pm Pacific Standard Time
Express What Matters Through The Arts | YouTube Video: About Expressions Challenge | Expressions Challenge Entry Details - Review
- Open to all legal United States residents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.
- Between 13 and 18 years of age and currently enrolled in high school as of date of Entry.
- Professional artists, videographers, photographers and writers, or anyone who earns at least 20% of their income by providing these services are not eligible to enter this Contest. Employees of Walgreen Co. (“Sponsor”), GoldStar Communications (“Administrator”) and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible.
The Challenge | Each of the 4 categories listed below will consist of a first, second, and third place winner for a total of 12 winners.
First Place – $2,000 | Second Place – $1,750 | Third Place – $1,500
People's Champs | Based solely on the number of votes entries receive.
Four $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded, one per category to the entries that receive the most votes.
Teacher Champions | Four educators will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their support and embrace of Expressions in their classroom.
Choose a Topic: Young people are asked to think about what is having an impact on them to draw inspiration for their entry. Topics can include, but not limited to:
- Impact of Social Media
- Cyber Bullying
- Mental Health
- Gender Identity
- Gun Violence
- Social Justice
- Drug Abuse
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Select a Category: Select from one of four categories to submit an entry. Each participant can submit one entry per category solo or with a group of up to five people.
- Spoken Word: Comprised of video/audio-recorded poetry. The videos must be either a voice recording or teen reciting their piece in front of a camera. No video storytelling. Poetry submitted cannot be used in the creative writing category.
- Visual Arts: Comprised of drawings, paintings, graphic design, photography, and sculptures.
- Media Arts: Comprised of music, PSA’s, and video entries telling a story. Entries in this category can be no longer than three minutes in length.
- Creative Writing: Comprised of up to 1,000-word short stories, poetry, and essays. Entries submitted in this category would need to be in a PDF file format. Poetry submitted cannot be used in the Spoken Word category.
Upload Your Entry: Upload entries via mobile, tablet or computer. Acceptable upload file formats are as follows:
ARTS EDUCATION RESOURCE PAGES
Arts Education Alliance of the BAY AREA (AEABA) Website
California Arts Council Website
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) PreK-12 Arts Department Website
National Endowment For the Arts (NEA) Website
The Arts Education Community Events and Activities shares information and links of upcoming Community Events for the month of February 2023 - See below. This section will be updated each month.
- Crossing Lines/ LIneas que Cruzamos | Main Gallery | 401 Van Ness Ave, Suite 126, SF, CA 9410
- Exhibition: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 pm 5pm | Masks Recommended
- Art With Elders: The Power of Creativity and Community | City Hall, North Light Court & Ground Floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl
- Exhibition: Now through Friday August 25, 2023 | Monday- Friday 8am-6pm
- Opening Reception: Friday March 3, 2023 | 6pm -8pm
San Francisco Public Library | https://sfpl.org/
- 2023 San Francisco - Night of Ideas | SF Public Library Main Branch/Civic Center | 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
- Time: 7pm - 1 am | *FREE | EVENTBRITE RSVP HERE
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) | 2868 Mission Street, SF, CA 94110 | https://missionculturalcenter.org/
- 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
- ChiChai "Reroot" at The Ramp Gallery/SOMArts | Now through Sunday April 9, 2023
- Muni Raised Me | Now through Sunday April 9, 2023
- Muni Raised Me Closing Reception: Hyphy Ever After | Friday April 7, 2023, 6pm - 10pm | RSVP Here
- *Free, All Ages Event Hyphy Ever After features a Vogue and Tone dance workshop with SirJoQ, musical performance by Maya Songbird, local vendors, and dance party with FNG DJs. This celebration embodies the queer, trans, and artistic legacies that have shaped this home and continue to combat capitalism with joy and love.
Chinese Historical Society of America | 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
- We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family | Now through July 1, 202
- Wong Kim Ark Day - Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Superme Court's landmark birthright citizenshiop decision
- Saturday March 25, 2023 | 10:30am - 1pm | RSVP HERE
SFUSD Presents 9th Annual Viva el Mariachi! at Mission High School | 3750 18th Stteet, San Francisco, CA 94114
Time: 6pm - 8pm | Tix Here
Kapwa Gardens | 967 Mission Street, SF, CA 94102
*Every Wednesday, 1:30-7pm: Positively Negatively- Free COVID Testing
SAVE THE DATE(S): San Francisco Unified School District Present The Citywide Youth Arts Festival 2023
2023 SFUSD Citywide Youth Arts Festival | *FREE | EVENTBRITE RSVP HERE
Thursday April 6 - Monday April 24, 2023: The first is a month long visual art exhibitions within the six different zones throughout the city of San Francisco.
Zone 1: SF Public Library | Children's Creativity Museum | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Zone 2: La Promenade Cafe | de Young Museum
Zone 3: de Young Museum
Zone 4: SFArtsEd at Minnesota Street Project | Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Zone 5: San Francisco State University
Zone 6: Bayview Opera House
Saturday April 15, 2023: The second will be a one day event that will focus on live performances in the same venues as the visual art exhibitions | Time: 10am - 4pm
Zone 1: Children's Creativity Museum | 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Zone 2: The Golden Gate Bandshell | John F. Kennedy Dr. and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Zone 3: The Golden Gate Bandshell | John F. Kennedy Dr. and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Zone 4: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) | 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Zone 5: San Francisco State University (SFSU) | 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Zone 6: Bayview Opera House | 4705 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
https://missionculturalcenter.org/event/afrolatinidad-en-la-bahia-de-san-francisco-presente/?event_date=2023-02-28The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-252-2218.