Hewlett Foundation awards $ 17 million to Bay Area arts consortia



The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced Monday that it will allocate $ 17 million to more than thirty nonprofit arts groups in the San Francisco area. The money is part of the foundation’s adaptation grant program and is intended to help groups cover operational costs as well as implement plans in support of future financial and structural stability. The awards respond to a recent study by the Northern California Grantmakers showing that 48% of nonprofits in the Bay Area have downsized or ceased operations as the Covid-19 crisis continues to continue. In addition, arts organizations in the region are faced with skyrocketing rents, as well as problems of access to the arts. The funding aims to provide organizations with the opportunity to change to meet unforeseen challenges such as the pandemic.

“The pandemic is just the latest crisis for rock art organizations in the Bay Area, already one of the most difficult places to be an artist. To thrive, and not just survive, arts groups need space to experiment and adapt to changing economic, technological and cultural conditions, ”said Emiko Ono, director of the performing arts program at Hewlett, in a statement. communicated. “These grants provide a trail for this innovation and have the potential to chart a new course for the arts sector so that the Bay Area can benefit from a vibrant and equitable cultural landscape.”

Prizes range from $ 300,000 to $ 975,000, each equivalent to several years of funding for the recipient organization. The grantee, whose work spans a range of disciplines, has all engaged in pre-award planning exercises, focusing on integrating services such as mental health care and youth services into their work, and on increasing support for arts workers.

Ono congratulated the recipients as “embody[ing] the committed, responsive and innovative work that makes the cultural sector essential to the economic and social health of our communities. A full list of beneficiaries is below.

Aimusic School
California Traditional Arts Alliance
Napa Valley Arts Council
Santa Cruz County Arts Council
Asian improvisation arts
AXIS dance company
Well done ! for women in the arts
Create a certification authority
California County Superintendent’s Educational Services Association
Cultural innovation center
Cinnabar Arts Society
Dance palace
Group of dancers
Destiny Arts Center
East Bay Performing Arts Center
East Oakland Youth Development Center
The Campesino Theater
Fresh meat productions
Gold thread productions
House of intertribal friendship
La Peña Cultural Center
Los Cenzontles Academy of Cultural Arts
Luna dance institute
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
Performing arts workshop
RYSE Center
San José Taiko
Sangam Arts (now Mosaic America)
School of Arts and Culture at MHP
Sonoma County Economic Development Board and Foundation
The Imaginists



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