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San Francisco Launches $2.7 million in Grants To Help Nonprofits Purchase Affordable and Permanent Space as part of Mayor Lee’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

Funding for nonprofits has increased by more than $48 million (8%)— the largest increase in more than 10 years

San Francisco, Wednesday, February 22, 2017—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund with key partners today announced $2.7 million in financial assistance to help nonprofits secure permanent space and to create solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases.

“San Francisco residents rely on nonprofit organizations to provide important services like child care, health care, job training, legal aid, and counseling,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This fund will give them the financial stability to ensure they continue offering these vital resources to City families.”

The grants are a key part of the Mayor’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, which includes a total investment of $6 million over two years. New programs—the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund, and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program—continue San Francisco’s groundbreaking support of nonprofit space and sustainability, investments in real estate resilience that have been adapted regionally and beyond to stabilize nonprofits and prevent displacement.

“The Office of Economic Development works to protect nonprofits that are essential to our city,” said Todd Rufo, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “Nonprofit employees make up more than 17% of our City’s workforce and the work they do contributes to quality of life, vibrant neighborhoods, health, safety and economic opportunity for all San Franciscans.”

The new programs have three components:
–    Nonprofit Space Investment Fund: $4.25 million over two years for seed funding to help nonprofits acquire new, permanent owned space and to incentivize philanthropic investment for a permanent home.

–    Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program: $1,455,000 to address urgent needs by providing grants for one-time costs such as for architectural, engineering, legal services; rent stipends; moving expenses; or furnishings, fixtures, equipment, and other tenant improvements. The goal of this grant is to incentivize landlords to extend long-term leases for the organization.

–    Technical Assistance for Shared Spaces: Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) will build skills of nonprofits seeking to better understand and evaluate shared space opportunities, articulate a shared space vision, and achieve shared goals. Cohorts of two or more organizations may apply. Cohorts will be asked to identify a set of shared goals, which may include one or more of the following: below market or stabilized rents, reduced cost and/or higher-quality shared services and amenities, a level of intentional collaboration between organizations, centralized services or program offerings.
“Because real estate is market driven, and many nonprofits rely on revenues from foundations or municipal sources that are less responsive, organizations are vulnerable as rents rise,” said Joanne Lee, Director of Consulting Services and Program Development for the Northern California Community Loan Fund.  “The current market environment has seen such steep increases in rent prices it has required intervention.”

In order to expedite the technical assistance services and financial assistance support for organizations in need, the City selected the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) through a competitive process. Nonprofits interested in applying for assistance can visit www.ncclf.org/sfsustainability for program details and eligibility guidelines, and to register for information sessions. Information sessions will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2:00pm at the Arts Commission (401 Van Ness, Suite 125) and Tuesday, March 7, 4:30pm at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St).

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, March 28, 2017 to be considered for the first round of awards which will be announced on May 22, 2017.

About the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits, building on the results of recent programs such as the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program as well as past efforts such as the Nonprofit Space Capital Fund, a program launched by NCCLF in 2001 with support from the City of San Francisco, private foundations and nonprofits.

Grants are one component of a collaborative effort that was launched in response to the recommendations of the Nonprofit Displacement Working Group, a group of 14 nonprofit representatives who worked with members of ten city departments to research and prioritize solutions to fortify the nonprofit sector. Recommendations included the creation of a nonprofit-focused real estate holding company, establishing a staff position to serve as a single point of entry for nonprofit inquiries and to interface with City departments as well as real estate developers to help nonprofits best access the resources of the City

With increasing and diverse demands for government services, San Francisco has nearly 7,000 nonprofits that often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and the needs of its residents.  In 2015-16, the city’s financial investment in nonprofits increased by more than $48 million (8%), the largest increase in more than 10 years.

About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD) mission is simple – to create shared prosperity in San Francisco. OEWD provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business attraction and retention, neighborhood commercial revitalization, international business and development planning. www.oewd.org

About the Northern California Community Loan Fund
The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) is a nonprofit organization committed to California’s low-income communities. For 30 years, NCCLF has partnered with socially conscious impact investors and mission-driven organizations to support low-income communities’ need for housing, education, healthcare, food, jobs and economic opportunity. The organization provides loans and working capital, as well as consulting and technical assistance, so that mission-driven organizations can achieve their vision of financially secure and culturally vibrant communities. ncclf.org/sfsustainability

About the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
The mission of the Community Development division at MOHCD is to partner with the community to strengthen the social, physical and economic infrastructure of San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods and communities in need.  MOHCD has been designated as the city agency to administer the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. www.sfmohcd.org

About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Its programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Investments, Public Art, SFAC Galleries and Street Artist Licensing. www.sfartscommission.org

MEDIA CONTACT:
Marianne Mazzucco Thompson, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
(415) 554-6297 Marianne.Thompson@sfgov.org

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2017 Annual Convention Scholarships Are Now Open

AFTA_ImageAmericans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full-ride and general scholarships to members interested in attending the 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco June 15-18, 2017.

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, scholarships are also available to California-based artists and cultural workers, including those from the Bay Area.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).  Applicants to Americans for the Arts scholarships must be current members. Non-members can apply to the scholarships for California artists and cultural workers. Individuals may apply for multiple scholarships, but finalists will only be awarded one scholarship. For more information, please visit the scholarships page.

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Abe Flores at aflores@artsusa.org. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact Bridget Woodbury at membership@artsusa.org or call (202) 371-2830.

San Francisco Nonprofits Secure Long-Term Leases with One Million in funds

31 social & arts organizations to receive awards from the City

San Francisco, CA, December 16, 2016 —The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission with key partners today announced grants of over $1 million to support 31 social service, child care and arts nonprofit organizations s as part of the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. In total, 76 community organizations have received $4.5 million over the past two years in financial awards and real estate services to secure long-term leases and affordable spaces while continuing to provide vital services to residents.

“San Francisco’s nonprofit organizations are essential partners that advance shared prosperity, provide vital safety net services and cultivate the creativity and advocacy of all residents in our communities. Together, we are taking on intractable challenges and strengthening a community built on San Francisco values,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits, including the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund, which was unanimously approved by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors in October 2014. The Mayor’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 budget includes an additional $6 million investment to help nonprofits start, stay and grow by providing real estate assistance, including new resources to help acquire permanent space, explore shared spaces and form strategic partnerships.

“Under the direction of Mayor Lee, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development works to implement the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to find and secure space in San Francisco for nonprofits. Our goal is to ensure these vital social service and arts agencies stabilize and grow within the community so that residents continue to benefit from the work of these institutions that employ more than 116,000 people,” said Todd Rufo, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

In order to expedite the technical assistance services and financial assistance support for organizations in need, the City selected the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) in partnership with the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and Urban Solutions to manage the recent financial awards through a competitive process. The 31 social service and arts nonprofits that received financial awards and technical assistance through the City’s partners include:

–    Twenty-four social service awardees that provide child care, health services, legal assistance, and education to low-income seniors, veterans, homeless, families and youth in San Francisco: A Better Way; Bay Area Legal Aid; California Institute of Integral Studies; California Childcare Resource & Referral Network; EARN, Inc.; Homebridge; Homeless Youth Alliance; Instituto Familiar de la Raza; Mission Childcare Consortium; Mission Graduates; New Door Ventures; OneJustice; Pangea Legal Services; Portola and Excelsior Family Connections; Positive Resource Center; Project Inform; Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team (SMART); San Francisco Community Land Trust; San Francisco Conservations Corps; Success Center San Francisco; Tax Aid; Tenants Together; Western Addition Community Technology Center and Working Solutions

–    Seven arts organizations that promote a wide range of cultural resources and programming, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions, arts education and workshops:
Cartoon Art Museum; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society; Golden Thread Productions; ITVS; SafeHouse for the Performing Arts; Center for Sex and Culture; San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

These grants are one component of the City’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, a collaborative effort that was launched in response to the recommendations of the Nonprofit Displacement Working Group, a group of 14 nonprofit representatives who worked with members of ten city departments to research and prioritize solutions to fortify the nonprofit sector.

“These important investments will help ensure that San Francisco’s vibrant arts and culture scene continues to thrive for years to come. Safe, welcoming and accessible arts spaces are critical to keeping San Francisco a unique and creative city, and the Arts Commission commends these organizations on their efforts to establish long-term homes,” said Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs.

With increasing demands for government services, the City’s nonprofits often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and th needs of residents and their constituencies.  In 2015-16, the city’s collective financial investment in nonprofits increased by more than $48.8 million, the largest increase in more than 10 years.

Examples of nonprofits that have secured space with support from this round of awards are:

•    San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), which made a pragmatic decision to consolidate space to manage their occupancy costs in this market. Through City assistance, they secured a 5-year lease with a 5-year renewal option at 526 Castro Street and received funding for tenant improvements to the space so that it can best meet their needs. Founded in 1978, SFGMC was the first choral organization to courageously proclaim its orientation in its name and is credited with helping start the LGBT choral movement that now spans the entire globe. Its mission is to create extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism and compassion.
•    Homeless Youth Alliance, which secured a 5-year lease with a 5-year renewal option and opened a new administrative space on Haight Street. The organization works with approximately 2,000 youth annually, aged 13-29, who live on the streets in the Haight-Ashbury and Castro districts, meeting them where they are at and helping them build healthier lives.
•    Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), which was nearly displaced from its current space on Mission Street, but was able to come to an agreement on a 5-year lease. Founded in 1978, Instituto Familiar de la Raza works to support the mental and physical health of Chicano/Latino, multicultural/multiracial families, and youth and adults.
•    The Cultural Conservancy, which successfully renewed its lease at the Thoreau Center in the Presidio for a 5-year term. Its mission is to protect and restore indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on their ancestral land.

“Homeless Youth Alliance closed the doors of its drop-in center on Christmas Day, 2013 and has inquired about over 160 leases since then. This grant and the generous contributions from individuals provide some much-needed stability to secure an administrative space as we continue building toward a new, permanent home for all our services,” said Mary Howe, Executive Director of Homeless Youth Alliance. “While this is a huge milestone for us, finding a safe space that our young people can access and call their own is still our major goal.”
For a complete list of grantees and awards, please visit: www.ncclf.org

The Northern California Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit lender and consulting organization headquartered in San Francisco which provides financing, financial expertise, and socially responsible investment opportunities that benefit hundreds of community-based organizations serving low income people in Northern and Central California.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) secures space and works with community arts organizations to help develop and strengthen their financial and organizational capacity to purchase permanent facilities and navigate complex real estate issues. By collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, civic leaders, funders and artists, CAST celebrates, promotes, and preserves artistic and cultural traditions and innovations. Its goal is to ensure that San Francisco remains a vibrant and thriving home for arts organizations that sustain creativity, community participation, economic development and neighborhood stability.

Through 1:1 technical assistance to small businesses, workshops to support business owners, leasing services and neighborhood revitalization programs, Urban Solutions makes visible impact, from open storefronts that transform blighted vacancies to proud small business owners who support their families and their city. Urban Solutions’ overarching goal is to build strong neighborhoods, one business at a time.

Media Contacts: Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
T: (415) 252-2229 E: Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org

Gloria Chan, Office of Economic & Workforce Development
T: (415) 554-6926, E: Gloria.chan@sfgov.org

THE SUMMER OF LOVE AS SEEN BY LOCAL ARTISTS

The San Francisco Arts Commission presents an extensive exhibition of work by legendary 60s rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall and a new Market Street Poster Series featuring contemporary perspectives on the Summer of Love by local artists

Jerry Garcia in Golden Gate Park © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2016 –As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will offer two opportunities for the public to reflect on this historical event. Opening on January 26 at City Hall, Jim Marshall: Summer of Love features 80 works by the iconic photographer taken during his time in San Francisco in the 1960s. Starting in spring 2017, the Arts Commission’s popular Art on Market Street Poster Series will explore the Summer of Love and its cultural impact through contemporary work by local artists Sarah Hotchkiss, Kate Haug and Deborah Aschheim.

“Most people associate the Summer of Love with sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, but it was also the culmination of a number of radical shifts in San Francisco’s cultural landscape that encouraged the democratization of art, bringing it out of traditional institutions and into the street and local communities,” noted Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “These developments shaped the San Francisco Arts Commission’s mission to ensure equal access to the arts throughout the city, so we felt it was important to engage with the anniversary by presenting artworks that reflect this historic event in some of the city’s most public spaces.”

In a 2014 article in The New York Times, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz called Jim Marshall, “the rock ‘n’ roll photographer.” During his over 50-year career he created more than 500 album covers and captured iconic and candid portraits of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and countless others. Jim Marshall: Summer of Love was organized by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler who oversees the Art at City Hall Program. According to Shiffler, “Jim Marshall’s work is truly iconic. His images are permanently part of our collective vision of the 1960s. This exhibition is a treasure trove of photographs that capture the vibrancy of the Haight and the various scenes and movements that occupied San Francisco during that pivotal time in history. What makes Marshall’s work special is that he was a part of the scene he was photographing so the images are intimate, immediate and raw.”

The popular Art on Market Street Poster Series features new work by local artists on an annual basis shown in the bus kiosks along Market Street between the Embarcadero and 8th Street. With the advent of the 50th anniversary, the Arts Commission invited artists to reexamine the Summer of Love. The selected artists, Sarah Hotchkiss, Kate Haug and Deborah Aschheim will each present very distinct takes on the event. Hotchkiss examines the “diverse Bay Area political, cultural and social scenes of 1967” through local mainstream and underground media published during that period, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Haight Ashbury Free Press and the Black Panther’s Black Community News Service. Haug’s posters are a series of Sumer of Love trading cards featuring an array of personalities who were influential in the Bay Area during the Summer of Love era, including Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, poet Lenore Kandel, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Emory Douglas and others. Aschheim explores the “intersection of political and social utopian ideas that drew people to San Francisco” through detailed pen and ink drawings of protestors, the Diggers and the Black Panther community.

In addition to the exhibition at City Hall, the Bay Area audiences can also see work by Jim Marshall in two concurrent projects. American Civics is a collaboration between Shephard Fairey and Jim Marshall Photography, LLC. Fairey has interpreted Marshall’s portraits of icons such as Johnny Cash, Cesar Chavez and Fannie Lee Chaney, as human faces behind enduring social issues such as voting rights, mass incarceration, and worker’s rights. These images are on two billboards in San Francisco, with more coming in 2017. http://americancivics.com/

Marshall’s portraits also grace the windows of the San Francisco Unified School District building across the street from the SF Jazz Center on Franklin Street. The installation features photos of legendary jazz musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Anita O’Day, Charles Mingus, Vi Redd, and Nina Simone, among many others. The installation will be on view through May 2017.  https://www.sfjazz.org/jimmarshall

The award winning book, The Haight: Love, Rock And Revolution, by Joel Selvin with photography by Jim Marshall is another fantastic resource on the counter culture movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:
Jim Marshall: Summer of Love
Locations: San Francisco City Hall: Ground Floor + North Light Court banners
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

SAN FRANCISCO’S FAVORITE DIY ART COLLECTING EVENT COMES TO CHINATOWN

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 16, 2016

Kate Patterson
San Francisco Arts Commission
T: 415-252-4638 E: Kate.patterson@sfgov.org

Meg Shiffler, SFAC Galleries Director
T: 415-252-2234 E: Meg.Shiffler@sfgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO’S FAVORITE DIY ART COLLECTING EVENT
COMES TO CHINATOWN

For the eighth year in a row, the SFAC Galleries’ popular PASSPORT event will feature original work by leading Bay Area  contemporary artists

Chinatown – October 23, 2016, noon – 4 p.m.

WHAT: The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) is hosting its signature event, Passport, on Sunday, October 23, 2016. This unique event puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public. By bringing local artists into neighborhood venues, Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. Walking throughout Chinatown, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot Bay Area artists while discovering the small businesses that line one of the Mayor’s Invest in Neighborhoods corridors.

Seventeen emerging and established artists will participate this year including: Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Richard Colman, Dragon School, Ala Ebtekar, Adam Feibelman, Mik Gaspay, Tanja Geis, Cathy Lu, Terry Luk, Monica Lundy, Mads Lynnerup, Golbanou Moghaddas, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Johanna Poethig, Xiaoxiao Zeng, Julia Goodman and Hung Liu.

Artists will stamp passports at a variety of unique businesses and organizations in Chinatown, including: Chinese Cultural Center, Dragon Seed Bridal, Clarion Music Center, I-Hotel/Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Legion, Victor Tung Couture, 41 Ross and many more. The SFAC Galleries worked closely with the Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Culture Center to ensure that the entire Chinatown community is engaged in the event.

This fall is Passport’s eighth anniversary. SFAC Galleries has been able to support its mission of making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through this annual event. In the past, Passport has engaged Japantown (2015), The Mission: Calle 24 (2014), the Divisadero Corridor (2013), North Beach (2012), the Castro (2011), Hayes Valley (2010) and The Mission (2009), and worked with over 70 local Bay Area artists including Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, William T. Wiley, Enrique Chagoya and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, partnered with 90 San Francisco neighborhood businesses and venues, and managed hundreds of community volunteers.

WHEN: Passport Stamping Day: Sunday, October 23, noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Various locations in Chinatown

PASSPORT COST: $25.00 or $125.00 for a Concierge Passport

INFO: sfartscommission.org

About SFAC Galleries

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist’s projects, the SFAC Galleries’ programs provide new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialogue. The SFAC Galleries was founded in 1970 and is the exhibitions program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Our programs include: Civic Design Review, Community Investments, Public Art, SFAC Galleries and Street Artist Licensing. To learn more visit, sfartscommission.org.

The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, one of the 17 points of Mayor Lee’s plan for jobs and economic opportunity, provides focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to strengthen and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts around the City by marshaling and deploying resources from across multiple departments and nonprofit partners. These include economic development services such as loan programs, facade improvement grants, and technical assistance for small businesses. Invest in Neighborhoods is also leveraging other City services – from the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency, and other departments – that help small businesses thrive, increase quality of life, improve physical conditions, and build community capacity. Every neighborhood commercial district has its own unique needs, opportunities and challenges. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to deploy the specific services and resources that are most needed in each district.

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City Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Bayview Opera House After Extensive Renovations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Historic building gets new life as vital arts hub for performing arts and community events and meets today’s ADA and seismic standards

Photo: Lauren Dyer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, joined by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, City department heads, and members of the Bayview community, cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater (BVOH). The celebration marked the end of an extensive renovation project that improved ADA access in and around the historic landmark and transformed the plaza adjacent to the building into a more inviting community gathering space for music and performing arts programs. See more images here.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to celebrate this historic milestone with the Bayview community,” said Mayor Lee. “This facility has been a beloved anchor in the community for generations. With improved access and a wonderful new public plaza where families can gather and enjoy live entertainment and celebrate life events, we are confident that the cultural center will continue to grow its audience and be a beacon for the dynamic Third Street corridor.”

The $5.7 million renovation was led by the San Francisco Arts Commission, which owns the property, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Disability, San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority. Renowned landscape architect and artist Walter Hood of Hood Design in partnership with TEF Design/Knapp Architects, Joint Venture oversaw the redesign of the plaza, which improves the streetscape of the entire intersection at Third and Newcomb.

The plaza expands the cultural center’s programming potential with a newly designed wood stage and permanent seating surrounded by sustainable landscaping, including a grassy area that was created especially for children’s activities and larger community-wide events.

“I am delighted and looking forward to seeing the Opera house re-opening, and witnessing the next generation of students and artist grow. The Bayview Opera House is a critically important and historic cultural institution for the City, nestled in the heart and soul of the Bayview,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, “I applaud the San Francisco Arts Commission and its partners, on this incredible transformation.”

The architects worked closely with the Mayor’s Office on Disability to develop a design that was sensitive to the historic character of the building, while making much needed upgrades for accessibility and functionality. The exterior entry staircase was enlarged and connected with elevated walkways to the side porch and back stage, creating a more operational and seamlessly accessible facility that improves circulation throughout the compound. Interior improvements include three fully accessible ADA restrooms and seismic stabilization of the historic balcony. Extensive dry-rot mitigation, resulted in an entirely new south facing wall, which is located behind the outdoor stage.

Deborah Frieden & Associates provided valuable consultation to ensure that the project captured the community’s priorities, served its primary purpose as an arts center and maintained the historic features of the building while meeting 21st-century needs.

According to Hood, “The design is owed in large part from the many meetings and conversations I had with members of the community who wanted to see an increase in access and a high quality, welcoming space, which I believe we’ve achieved in the creation of an elegant new entrance, an exterior glass walkway connecting the Newcomb Street entrance and the stage area, and enhanced program area. The community empowered us through their passionate appeal to ‘give the Opera House back to the community!’ The new design is inspired by this mantra…..the new walkways are the embrace of the community.”

“We know from the monthly ‘3rd on Third’ street celebration that bringing the arts out into the open and into the core of a commercial corridor can boost local business and bring a community together,” said San Francisco Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “Providing a beautifully designed plaza dedicated to the arts ensures that the community can now have a breadth of outdoor activities, from street festivals to fine arts. The new plaza is living proof that accessible design can be both functional and beautiful.”

“I am very excited and proud to be a part of this project as director of San Francisco Public Works and as a long-time resident of this neighborhood,” said Mohammed Nuru. “The Bayview Opera House is a community gem, the town center of our neighborhood. These improvements will ensure that one of San Francisco’s oldest buildings will continue to serve generations to come. As our neighborhoods continue to evolve, it’s important to have places like the Bayview Opera House to remind us of our history.”

Additional project support was provided by: OneSF, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Community Challenge Grant program, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure and Office of Economic and Workforce Development. This project also was made possible by the generous support of The Kaiser Permanente and the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation.

“We are excited to welcome the community back into the Bayview Opera House for the fall grand reopening. We can’t wait to activate the incredible new space with live performances and to see it continue to flourish as the neighborhood cultural hub,” stated Theo Ellington, BVOH Board Vice President.

About Walter Hood
Walter Hood, an artist, designer, and educator, is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood Design Studio, founded in 1992, engages landscape, urban site design and planning, art installations and research, unveiling the emergent beauty, strangeness, subjectivity, and idiosyncrasies of place. Walter and his work have been featured in publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Walter Hood’s own writings include his monographs “Urban Diaries” and “Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations,” which won an ASLA Research Award in 1996. Other writings appeared in the Princeton Press, “Diversity and Design,” Routledge, “The Mesh Book,” MIT Press, “Nordic Architecture and Landscape,” Archipress and “Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary,” Columbia Books.

About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Established by San Francisco’s City Charter in 1932, the SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of all new public infrastructure, stewarding the Cultural Equity and Cultural Center Endowments (totaling over $6 million in annual grant investments) and implementing San Francisco’s ‘2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Additionally, the SFAC manages San Francisco’s street artist licensing program as well as oversees the capital management of four city-owned cultural centers, three public exhibition spaces and San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, which includes over 3,500 objects worth an estimated $90 million.

About Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater
Built by the Masons in 1888, the BVOH, is the oldest standing theater in San Francisco and survived both the earthquake and fire in 1906. It is the first and so far only building in San Francisco’s District 10 to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. Run by the non-profit, Bayview Opera House, Inc., the facility is dedicated to providing arts education for at-risk youth year-round for free or at a low cost. The organization also presents many cultural events throughout the year for all ages, including art exhibits, concerts, plays and community celebrations, as well as the recently established 3rd on Third event.
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Contact:
Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco Arts Commission, Kate Patterson
T: 415-252-4638 E: Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org

Mayor Lee Announces Installation of Intrude Featuring Five Monumental Illuminated Rabbits, Enlivening Civic Center Plaza with Public Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 25, 2016
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco Arts Commission, 415-252-2229
Recreation & Park Department, 415-629-2559

Large-Scale, Temporary Public Art Installation by Artist Amanda Parer Installed in Civic Center Plaza to Celebrate Public Art & Celebrate Families

Image courtesy of Amanda Parer

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee with the San Francisco Arts Commission and Recreation & Parks Department today announce that San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza will host Intrude, a large-scale public artwork by artist Amanda Parer. The public artwork will activate the public space and be available to all of San Francisco residents and visitors to enjoy 24 hours, 7 days a week beginning April 4th through April 25th.  The highly acclaimed installation features five monumental nylon rabbits that are inflated to 23 feet high and internally lit at night.

“Public art highlights our City’s creativity and innovative spirit and improves the quality of life for our residents by providing free access to art, culture, and education opportunities,” said Mayor Lee. “We are proud to host Intrude, a remarkable family-friendly installation, and welcome these five rabbits to temporarily inhabit the heart of our City for all our families, residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The presentation of Intrude was a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Arts Commission, which runs one of the oldest and most respected public art programs in the country, the Recreation & Park Department and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Over the years, Civic Center Plaza has hosted a number of popular public art installations that have bolstered public interest and quality of life, use of the public space, and enhanced economic activity in and around the area in San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods. Additional support for Intrude was provided by MJM Management and Another Planet Entertainment.

“Great public art transforms the familiar into something magical, and Intrude excels in this regard,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The sheer contrast of these playful white rabbits with the Civic Center’s stately Beaux-arts architecture is so unexpected that it is sure to delight all who pay this exceptional installation a visit.”

“We’re excited to host Intrude, which will bring a whimsical delight to Civic Center Plaza,” said Recreation & Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “I thank the San Francisco Arts Commission for continuing to be a great partner and for promoting high-quality art in our parks and throughout the City.”

The City’s Civic Center is the next stop on the North American tour of Intrude, which has brought a joyful spirit to more than 19 major cities throughout the world, including London, Paris and Boston.

“I am thrilled for the bunnies to make their way across North America. I expect people will be drawn to the rabbits’ playful appearance, and I hope they will also take the time to understand the deeper meaning in the work and discuss how our actions impact the natural world in which we all live,” says Parer.

A civic dedication ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 9 a.m. on the Polk Street steps of City Hall across from Civic Center Plaza. Off the Grid is a partner for Intrude and will provide food trucks and music programming in the evening of April 5th and a small selection of food trucks for lunch and dinner for the entire duration of the exhibit.

About the Artist
Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. Her work features startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats. When viewing one of these iconic, mostly feral animals inhabiting a beautifully haunting landscape, the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted traditional technique in any of her chosen mediums, such as painting, sculpture and public installation. Originally from Sydney, Parer now resides in Tasmania where her work has been acquired by both public and private collections. She has been selected for notable national competitions including five times for the Blake Prize, as well as for the Glover Prize in 2008, 2012 & 2013. Parer has just completed a new light art installation called Fantastic Planet which was commissioned by Winter Lights Festival in London. Parer is currently developing a full exhibition at Harbour City Gallery in Hong Kong, which will open in October 2016 and include paintings, sculptures, and installation. She has also been commissioned to create a new public artwork for the inaugural Doha Festival in Qatar. Intrude has also been invited to be presented at the opening of the La Boverie, a new tourist attraction in Belgium that is both a fine arts museum and an international quality exhibition center. Intrude at La Boverie will be produced in collaboration with The Louvre Museum in Paris. For more information, go to: amandaparer.com.au.

Tom DeCaigny Elected to Executive Committee of Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation

Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco will advise the U.S. Urban Arts Federation

IMG_09293 (2)SAN FRANCISCO – February 8, 2016 – Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny as a member of their executive committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). DeCaigny will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

Americans for the Arts’ USUAF is an alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation’s 60 largest cities. These leaders advocate, network, and meet to discuss the social, educational, and economic impact of the arts in their regions.

As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco DeCaigny leads the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the $24 million City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Established by San Francisco’s City Charter in 1932, the SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of all new public infrastructure, stewarding the Cultural Equity and Cultural Center Endowments (totaling over $6 million in annual grant investments) and implementing San Francisco’s ‘2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Additionally, the SFAC manages San Francisco’s street artist licensing program as well as oversees the capital management of four city-owned cultural centers, three public exhibition spaces and San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection, which includes over 3,500 objects worth an estimated $90 million.

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Tom DeCaigny to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud Mr. DeCaigny for his valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Potential council members were nominated in mid-September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 12, 2015. DeCaigny will serve a three-year term ending on December 31, 2018.

“I look forward to joining my peers across the country in shaping innovative cultural policies that promote the values of cultural equity, ‘creative place-making’ as well as ‘creative place-keeping’,” says DeCaigny. “As a representative of San Francisco, which is known for its incredibly robust technology industry as well as its high cost of living, I look forward to exchanging ideas with my colleagues on how technology can enhance the arts sector as well as how we can overcome some of the affordability challenges affecting artists as a result of rapid urbanization.”

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

Mayor Lee Announces Armistead Maupin as Recipient of 2016 Mayor’s Art Award

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Monday, February 1, 2016
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
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Acclaimed Author of “Tales of the City” Receives San Francisco’s Highest Artistic Honor

Photo: Christopher Turner

Photo: Christopher Turner

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Armistead Maupin, local icon and acclaimed author of the Tales of the City series, has been named to receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award. Mr. Maupin will receive the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award on Tuesday, March 29 at a fundraising reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“It is my great honor to recognize author Armistead Maupin with the 2016 Mayor’s Art Award,” said Mayor Lee. “His groundbreaking series Tales of the City helped introduce LGBTQ culture to the mainstream and contributed to San Francisco’s image as a compassionate city that celebrates diversity and where all are welcome. He is truly a San Francisco icon, and we are immensely grateful for his innumerable contributions to our City’s cultural history.”

“Armistead Maupin is synonymous with San Francisco,” said ArtCare Board Chair Meg Spriggs. “On behalf of the ArtCare board, we are thrilled to host a gala celebration honoring Mr. Maupin’s incredible artistic legacy and to shine a spotlight on the important role the arts play in our civic life. San Francisco would not be San Francisco without Mr. Maupin and all of the other artists who call this city home.”

“Armistead Maupin is a hero to many in the LBGTQ community,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “Throughout his life, he has given back to his adopted city and community whether it be championing gay rights through his art or supporting LGBTQ youth. He is most deserving of the Mayor’s Art Award.”

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking “Tales of the City” serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maupin is the author of eleven novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. The Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. The Tales of the City books have been translated into ten languages, and there are more than six million copies in print.

Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner. Over the years, Maupin has been involved with advocating for gay rights and has actively supported a number of organizations with a mission to advance the lives LGBTQ youth and adults.

This is the fifth Mayor’s Art Award to be bestowed on a San Francisco artist. Previous awardees are: Ruth Asawa (visual art); Alonzo King (dance); Carlos Santana (music); Rhodessa Jones (theater). This is the first time a writer is being honored with the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award.

Maupin adds this award to other accolades including Lambda’s Pioneer Award (2012); Litquake Barbary Coast Award (2007); a Big Gay Read Literature Festival, UK Best Gay Read Award (2006); Outfest Legacy Visionary Award (2004); Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Book Award (2001); Capital Award presented by GLAAD Media Awards (1999); Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (1997); and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

This year’s Mayor’s Art Award will be bestowed during a reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, in conjunction with the presentation of the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award.

San Francisco Joins other Leaders from 31 Cities Across the Globe for Fourth World Cities Culture Summit in London

High level talks aimed at tackling challenges head on and ensuring culture, creativity and innovation remain at the heart of urban growth

SAN FRANCISCO, November 17, 2015 – San Francisco’s Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny and San Francisco Travel’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Howard Pickett are in London taking part in the fourth World Cities Culture Summit, one of the most important international meetings focusing on the critical role that culture plays in the success of cities.

They will be joining cultural leaders and city officials from 31 cities around the world at the event, which this year is hosted by the Mayor of London and takes place from 18-20 November. The high level talks will focus on sharing experience and expertise and formulating long-term policies that put culture at the heart of future city planning and development.

According to Mr. DeCaigny, “We are thrilled to have been invited to participate in the World Cities Culture Forum. With the global trend towards increased urbanization, many cities around the world are facing some of the same affordability challenges we are seeing here in San Francisco.  I look forward to sharing ideas and solutions that will help strengthen our arts and culture ecosystem and ensure San Francisco continues to be a vibrant cultural hub.”

“San Francisco has long been known as a center of innovation and culture.   In fact, these two attributes are central to how we market and promote the city as a global destination,” said Howard Pickett, Chief Marketing Officer of San Francisco Travel. “We are excited to have this opportunity to work with other innovative cities to create ways to contribute to economic growth through cultural tourism.”

Cities taking part include: Amsterdam, Austin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna and Warsaw.

Defined as world cities because of their scale, dynamism and diversity, which create fertile conditions for innovation and radical thinking in economic, social and cultural policy, those attending the summit want to highlight the benefits that culture brings to cities – which is where most of the world’s population lives – not just in terms of quality of life, but socially and economically.

With the global economy still fragile, political uncertainty in different parts of the world and concerns about growing inequality, the summit is going to look at how embedding culture into overall policy development – as opposed to being seen as an add-on or a luxury – can contribute to the continued social and economic growth of world cities. At the same time, the participants at the three day forum want to tackle perennial problems affecting world cities. Each has its own story to tell about successes and specific challenges.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson comments: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming cities from across the globe for this important gathering to discuss a vital part of city life and one that is too often overlooked when determining policy. Culture should of course be experienced and enjoyed for its own sake, but it also has a powerful role to play in helping our cities to thrive, economically and socially. At a time when we all need to tighten our belts, it may seem less of a priority, but it is intrinsic to what makes a successful city tick.’

A new report, the latest in the World Cities Culture Report series, is being published to coincide with the summit. The report has received funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and provides recent data and profiles of cities involved in the forum. Delegates will also review the findings of a new report providing the most definitive financial analysis of culture in each city, ahead of the final version being published in 2016.

Paul Owens, Managing Director of BOP Consulting, which manages the WCCF on behalf of London’s City Hall said: ‘The biggest challenge facing all world cities is fostering future growth in a sustainable way. The Summit is a unique opportunity for this group of international policy-makers to critically examine where and how culture fits into the growth equation and to share their experiences of how to embed culture into future strategies.’

The fourth World Cities Culture Forum takes place at various locations around London from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 November 2015.

www.worldcitiescultureforum.com

Notes to editors

1.    The World Cities Culture Forum is an initiative of the Mayor of London, organised and coordinated by BOP Consulting (http://bop.co.uk). The World Cities Culture Forum is a leading collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities. It encompasses 32 cities – Amsterdam, Austin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna and Warsaw.

2.    For more information about the forum and the summit, go to www.worldcitiescultureforum.com. You can also contact Yvonne Lo, World Cities Culture Forum Coordinator, by email at Yvonne.lo@worldcitiescultureforum.com

3.    For press and media, you can contact Ben McKnight at the London Mayor’s office  on +44 20 7983 4071, or by emailing communitydesk@london.gov.uk

MAYOR LEE ANNOUNCES $7 MILLION SHARED PROSPERITY PACKAGE TO SUPPORT ARTS

Increase Includes a $2 Million Enhancement to Cultural Equity Endowment Fund & $1 Million for Grants for the Arts Over Two Years
San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that over the next two years the City will contribute and invest $7 million in programs supporting the arts. This represents 14 percent growth over previous budgets and includes a $2 million enhancement (a 50 percent increase) to the City’s groundbreaking Cultural Equity Endowment Fund and $1 million to Grants for the Arts to support small and mid-sized arts nonprofits, individual artists and historically underserved communities through grants and capacity building. Mayor Lee’s Shared Prosperity for the Arts Package includes a $3.8 million capital investment over the next two years in the City’s Civic Art Collection and Cultural Centers and an additional funding for arts education.

“Artists have played an immeasurable role in shaping San Francisco into the City it is today. The arts and culture sector also helps fuel our economy, drawing $1.7 billion in tourism each year,” said Mayor Lee. “That is why we must act now to keep artists here so that they can continue to contribute to the vitality of our City. This increase in arts funding will help ensure that artists can share in the prosperity of this rapidly growing economy.”

“On behalf of the Arts Commission, we are grateful to the Mayor for taking steps to protect the City’s arts and culture ecosystem through these budget enhancements,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “With an historic increase to the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund and this overall commitment to artists in San Francisco, we are setting an example for other municipalities on how to preserve and support artist communities.”

“This is wonderful news for the arts,” said Director of Grants for the Arts Kary Schulman. “This increase in funding comes at a critical time when artists are struggling to maintain their foothold in the City. There is no better way to help arts organizations than by increasing crucial general operating support for their work.”

In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, the Arts Commission will also explore exciting new opportunities to build housing for the artists who contribute so much to San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods.

The City-owned cultural centers, which include the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and SOMArts provide accessible arts and culture programming for all San Franciscans by offering low-cost performances and space rentals, gallery exhibitions and classes. With an increased capital budget over the next two years, the Centers will be able to address critical maintenance needs and make significant improvements for greater accessibility to their sites.

Over the years, the Civic Art Collection, which includes 3,500 artworks distributed throughout the city, from the airport to the zoo, has aged and requires a more aggressive schedule of care. The increased capital investment will enable the Arts Commission to step up restoration and maintenance efforts, ensuring that the artwork that defines the city’s landscape can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Mayor Lee will submit his two-year budget plan to the Board of Supervisors on June 1st.

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. Our programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Investments, Public Art, SFAC Galleries and Street Artist Licensing. For more information, go to: sfartscommission.org.

Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund (GFTA) provides a stable, dependable base of support for the City’s arts and cultural organizations that meet funding criteria.  In fulfilling its mission of “promoting the City through support of the arts,” GFTA annually funds nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that help promote San Francisco as a destination for regional, national and international visitors. GFTA is committed to supporting the broadest spectrum of the San Francisco arts community. For more information, go to: sfgfta.org

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – Nonprofit Displacement

Technical and Financial Assistance to Mitigate Nonprofit Displacement in the Arts and Cultural Sector and/or Social Service Sector

The San Francisco Arts Commission (“SFAC”) and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (“MOHCD”) are issuing this request for proposals (“RFP”) from nonprofits to receive funding to enable them to perform a variety of technical services and provide direct financial assistance for San Francisco arts and/or social service nonprofits at risk of displacement due to escalating rental and real estate costs.

The SFAC has been authorized to distribute funding from the City and County of San Francisco’s Reserves by the Board of Supervisors to make grant/s totaling $2,000,000.00 to one or more intermediary nonprofits that will in turn make sub-grants and provide technical assistance to stabilize arts nonprofits at risk of eviction or forced to vacate San Francisco due to escalating real estate pricing. The SFAC may choose to augment this funding from other eligible funding sources at its sole discretion during the period covered by this procurement.

MOHCD has been authorized to distribute funding from the City and County of San Francisco’s Reserves by the Board of Supervisors to make grant/s totaling $2,515,000.00 to one or more intermediary nonprofits that will in turn make sub-grants and provide technical assistance to stabilize social service nonprofits at risk of eviction or forced to vacate San Francisco due to escalating real estate pricing. MOHCD may choose to augment this funding from other eligible funding sources at its sole discretion during the period covered by this procurement.

This procurement will cover three fiscal years, 2015-2017. If a renewal option is exercised in years two and/or three, subsequent grant amounts will depend upon the performance of the grantee during the first year of the grant, and other policy considerations as determined by the SFAC and MOHCD.

Grantee must submit monthly narrative and financial reports, monthly invoices for reimbursement, and an annual final report (format to be determined) detailing grant activities in fiscal year 2014-2015 and a revised scope of work and budget for fiscal years 2015-2017 based on the previous year’s grant award and activities.

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The San Francisco Arts Commission and Heyday Bring 80 Years of Cultural Innovation to Life in New Book

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San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932–2012
on Bookshelves April 1, 2013

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 SAN FRANCISCO/BERKELEY, February 28, 2013 – On April 1, 2013, history and art buffs alike can journey back in time and discover the events, politics and creativity that shaped San Francisco’s physical and cultural landscape. Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and published by the Berkeley-based Heyday, San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012 is written by New York Times best-selling author Susan Wels (Amelia Earhart: For the Thrill of It). In Arts for the City, Bay Area-based Wels chronicles the role of the Arts Commission as the force behind the city’s evolution into an urban center filled with world-class painting, sculpture, music, dance, literature and community arts programs.

“This book illustrates how vital the arts and design have been to the development of San Francisco into the beloved city that it is today,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “Like our libraries and parks, ensuring broad access to the arts is an essential city service. After reading this book, people will be able to look around our neighborhoods and see how the Arts Commission has had a hand in making this a more beautiful and culturally rich place.”

According to Heyday Founder and Executive Director Malcolm Margolin, “Effective public art is like a fleet of icebreakers, crashing through frozen thoughts, opening channels to the imagination, lessening the distance between people, creating community. This book is a tribute to the courage of those who, often in the face of fierce criticism, pushed beyond easy cliché and political comfort to give San Francisco 80 years of public art that has connected us not only to our deepest yearnings for social justice, beauty, playfulness, and delight but in the end to each other as well.”

The book begins with the building of Coit Tower in 1934 and the years of debate and artistic passion that went into its creation. Coit Tower was one of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s first projects, and it set the tone for the next eighty years of public art in the city. Wels traces the development of the city’s public arts scene from the WPA era through the creative upheaval of the mid-century, the digital boom of the nineties to today. From the Ethnic Dance Festival to slam poetry performances at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Arts for the City tells the story of an urban landscape where diversity, creative energy and political activism are reflected in civic art that is bold and innovative and where citizens take pride in vigorous, often contentious, creativity. Illustrated with rare archival images and photographs by distinguished Bay Area contemporary photographers such as Todd Hiddo, Richard Barnes and Catherine Wagner, and artwork from the city’s Civic Art Collection of over four thousand artworks, the book is a celebration of a uniquely fascinating American city.

Advance praise for San Francisco: Arts for the City
“A spectacular look at the evolution of the city’s art scene—carefully researched and gracefully written.”
—Robert Cherny, professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and author of San Francisco, 1865–1932

“What a vivid lens into the churn of culture that has defined San Francisco again and again in the past eighty years! This book is a crash course in the importance of making room for socially relevant art in a city with dynamic and complex creativity—and a reminder that even the conflicts are worth having, because they highlight the passions that define what our society holds dear.”—John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of Cityscapes

“Deeply researched, this is a ‘must read’ for anyone trying to make sense of ‘E Pluribus Unum’ in our multicultural society.”—William Issel, author of Church and State in the City: Catholics and Politics in Twentieth-Century San Francisco

Book Details
San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932–2012
•    Written by Susan Wels
•    Foreword by President, San Francisco Arts Commission JD Beltran, Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny and PJ Johnston (former Commission president)
•    Introduction by Jeannene Przyblyski, provost of California Institute of the Arts
•    Featured photographers include: Richard Barnes, Ruth Bernhard, John Chiara, Imogen Cunningham, Jim Goldberg, Doug Hall, Todd Hido, Reagan Louie, Mike Mandel, Richard Misrach, Dan Nicoletta, Ira Nowinski, Susan Schwartzenberg, Larry Sultan, Catherine Wagner and Henry Wessel.
•    Hardcover • 9 x 11 • $45.00
•    224 pages with 175 full-color photographs
•    ISBN: 978-1-59714-206-9
•    Art history/Architecture

About the Author
Susan Wels has written seventeen books, including The New York Times best-selling Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, California Academy of Sciences: Architecture in Harmony with Nature, and Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It. She is an author who specializes in history and an award-winning editor. She lives in San Francisco.

Where to Buy
San Francisco: Arts for the City
is available through bookstores, major book distributors including Ingram, Baker and Taylor, and other distribution centers, or by contacting Heyday directly at (510) 549-3564, ext. 304, via fax at (510) 549-1889, by email at orders@heydaybooks.com, or by visiting our website at www.heydaybooks.com.

About the San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, the SFAC integrates the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries and Street Artist Licensing. The agency’s core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.

About Heyday
Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution that promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Heyday publishes about 25 new books a year, sponsors over 200 events, and participates vigorously in the cultural life of California. For more information visit www.heydaybooks.com.

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SFAC Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Support its Award-winning WritersCorps Program

San Francisco students at public schools will have the opportunity to work with professional writers and cultivate their voices through creative writing

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2013 — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The SFAC will receive a $60,000 grant to support the award-winning WritersCorps program, which places professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth.

A joint program of the SFAC and San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps has helped more than 18,000 youth improve their literacy and increase their desire to learn. In 2010, the program was the recipient of a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The NEA Art Works grant enables WritersCorps to provide weekly creative writing workshops in public schools where the majority of students are low income and perform below grade level standards.  WritersCorps anticipates that the program will improve the academic performance and writing skills of 75 percent of the students participating at each location.

“This NEA Art Works grant is a testament to WritersCorps’ transformative work with San Francisco youth who have been able to find their voices, improve their self-esteem and boost their academic performance,” stated Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “In addition to working with schools, WritersCorps hosts free workshops and public programs throughout the city. I encourage everyone with school-aged children to learn more about how to get involved.”

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.”

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.