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Featuring a handful of the most contemporary, alternative, weird, and/or unapologetically political arts spaces in the city of San Francisco.

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Quiet Lightning

This is an organization that has applied for and obtained tax-exempt status from the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


CounterPulse is building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community. CounterPulse provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, catalyzing transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.

Center for New Music San Francisco Inc

The Center for New Music fosters contemporary music's growth by giving practicing artists access to professional resources and expertise, and by providing them with opportunities for sharing "knowledge and exploring new ideas

Root Division

Root Division connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. Our mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. We provide discounted studio space for emerging artists in exchange for volunteer service in the community. OUR VISION Root Division’s vision is to be a model of creative excellence, sustainability, and collaboration as it empowers emerging artists to amplify art’s positive impact on society.

Womens Audio Mission

WAM is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women/girls/gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals in music performance, production, and the recording arts, a field in which women are critically underrepresented (< 5%). Over 17 years, WAM has provided training to 18,000+ underserved women/girls & commissioned 400+ artists/ensembles from 21 countries to create/record/present new works to SF audiences. WAM trains 2,500+ underserved women/girls a year & commissions/presents new work by local women composers/musicians/artists to SF audiences of 2,000+/year. WAM’s world-class recording studio is the only studio in the world built/run entirely by women/GNC individuals & has hosted projects from Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, & Timbaland.

The Lab SF

We believe that if we give artists enough funding, time, and space to realize their vision, the work they produce will change the way we experience the world. These are often small propositions that (like all great art) challenge the familiar ways we perceive value, and so we seek out extraordinary artists whose work is not easily monetized, or who are underrepresented as a result of gender, class, race, sexuality, or geography; we do this not so much because it's right (it is), but because it's interesting—it leads to good things. All we want is to be a catalyst for artistic experimentation (which often means failure). It's as simple and as hard as that.

Asian Art Museum Foundation of San Francisco

Asian Art Museum Foundation supports Asian Art Museum's mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.

San Francisco Green Film Festival

Launched in 2011, the San Francisco Green Film Festival is the West Coast's leading organization for films and conversations about people and the planet. We educate and connect communities through fun, fearless, forward-thinking environmental film programs like our flagship annual Film Festival, along with year-round community screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees discover new, top-quality films from around the globe, encounter stories from the front lines of the world's most urgent environmental issues, and get inspired to collaborate and innovate towards solutions.

Clarion Alley Mural Project Inc

This is an organization that has applied for and obtained tax-exempt status from the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Museum of the African Diaspora

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) showcases the art and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of Africans throughout the world through innovative and engaging exhibitions, education, and public event programs. By realizing its mission, MoAD connects all people through our shared African heritage.


SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round nonprofit organization delivering screenings and events to more than 100,000 film lovers and media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services.

Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts

The Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts ("mccla") Was Established In1977 By Artists And Community Activists With A Shared Vision To Promote, Preserve And Develop The Latino Cultural Arts That Reflect The Living Tradition And Experiences Of Chicano, Mexican, Central And South American, And Caribbean People. The Mccla Makes The Arts Accessible As An Essential Element To Community Development And Well Being.Mccla Retails Low Cost Arts Education Classes, Cultural And Artistic Activities,Screenprinting Services, And Space For Creative Expression, Cultural Celebration And Community Engagement. Mccla Achieves So Through Service Fees And Admissions, Individual Donors, Foundations, Partnerships With The City Of Sf (Sf Arts Commission), And Project Sponsors.

Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

We believe that culture is an essential catalyst for change. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of arts institutions to spur and support societal movement. Our mission is to generate culture that moves people.


RAWdance is a contemporary dance company founded in 2004 by Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, whose nuanced, crafted, movement-driven dances pose questions ranging from the broadly social to the intimately personal. Through a mix of performance, curation, teaching, and collaboration, RAWdance transforms and enlivens both theaters and public spaces.


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