Arts, Speech & Heritage

In times of crisis, arts, speech and heritage give us a sense of meaning.

The San Francisco Bay Area has a long history of being a welcoming place for artists.

Are we still?

"The Bay Area arts scene is disappearing."

Prior to the pandemic, existing market pressures had already placed the arts sector at risk of immediate displacement. A high cost of living doesn’t just hamper the ability of an artist to make a living wage, but can also take a toll on the viability of art spaces, which often struggle to compete with the competitive set by other neighborhood tenants, like for-profit companies and businesses. (photo credit: M. Hammoutene)

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“Most likely I will have to give up my creative workspace.”

65% of organizations who rent or own space reported only being able to afford space for another 1-6 months (photo credit: M. Hammoutene)

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“Will theater return as we know it? Will people feel safe to gather to see others perform?"

Many art spaces have closed to the public as part of shelter-in-place orders. Organizations debate how to use existing equipment and space capacity to generate income for artists. Shifting to PPE fabrication is one strategy. Art nonprofits are concerned about how to generate revenue from online events, and the quality of the experience is often compromised. (photo credit: M. Hammoutene)

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Why support SF Bay Area artists?

No Poverty

Artists make the SF Bay vibrant. They also struggle to make ends meet.

Decent Work & Economic Growth

Cities that have a healthy arts scene also have a strong economy.

Sustainable Cities & Communities

We take better care of beautiful places. A sustainable Bay Area is one where the arts can flourish.

Featured Projects

There are many local San Francisco Bay Area activists and nonprofits working to help bring more art, free speech, and sense of heritage.

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Arts around town

Community coming together to make art.

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