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Arts Loan Fund Meeting 11/9/17

Thursday, November 9, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St.Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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At the November ALF Steering Committee meeting, members will review loan applications and a draft of policy discussion items for the January meeting.  Also, Frances Phillips from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, has organized a fascinating peer learning on resources available to individual artists - New Voices, Roles, and Trends in Support for Individual Artists.   

Peer Learning 

New Voices, Roles, and Trends in Support for Individual Artists

While the Arts Loan Fund is composed of a representative group of greater Bay Area arts funders, other grantmakers who are not at the ALF table also are making meaningful contributions to the vitality of the region’s arts ecosystem. On November 9, we will have the opportunity to hear from four representatives of programs supporting individual artists in the region – Alternative Exposure, Artadia, Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), and Creative Capital. Each speaker will describe her program’s geographic scope and distinctive niche in the artist support system, and will identify recent current trends or patterns observed. Some have news to share about new opportunities and products they are offering, and some are new to their positions or the Bay Area. While not the primary focus of this session, we also will raise the question of whether and how the Arts Loan Fund might re-introduce a loan product for individual artists. 


Patricia Maloney, a writer, curator, and educator, became the executive director of Southern Exposure (SoEx) in 2016, bringing a respected history of creating initiatives, public programming, and coalitions that serve Bay Area visual artists. She founded Art Practical in 2009, began publishing Daily Serving in 2012, and in 2013 she forged the partnership between Daily Serving | Art Practical and California College of the Arts. Maloney has been an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Laura Poppiti has worked at small to mid-size nonprofit arts and arts education nonprofit organizations in various fundraising capacities—including capital campaigns, annual fund development, grantwriting, membership programs, and special events—for more than a decade. She comes to the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) from the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco where she served as the Development Director and led the organization’s individual and institutional fundraising efforts. She received her M.A. from San Francisco Art Institute in Exhibition & Museum Studies, and her B.A. in History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Laura manages CCI’s Bay Area regranting, training, and special-initiative activities.

Carolyn Ramo is the Executive Director of Artadia, which provides curator-driven direct grants and other impactful programs to visual artists in cities across the US. Carolyn joined the staff at Artadia in July of 2012. Prior to serving at Artadia, Carolyn was a partner at Taxter & Spengemann, a contemporary art gallery that focused on emerging artists. From 2007-10, Carolyn was the Production Director at David Zwirner gallery, and also has worked at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Carolyn is a member of the Board of Directors of The People’s Portfolio, a non-profit organization that brings visibility to humanitarian crises. 

Susan Tranbaugh is an arts professional with over 10 years’ experience helping individual artists and cultural institutions thrive. Prior to joining Creative Capital in 2013, Susan worked in the development offices of Art in General in New York and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. Susan has also developed and implemented educational programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Susan, who is director of partnerships for Creative Capital, is based in San Francisco.

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These meetings are by invitation only.  To learn more about joining the Arts Loan Fund, please contact Krystle Chipman, Collaborative Philanthropy Coordinato

About the Arts Loan Fund

Since 1981, the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) has provided over 1,345 low-interest, quick turnaround loans totaling over $18 million, to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties, and individual artists in Oakland and San Francisco. 

NCG's Arts Loan Fund (ALF) Steering Committee is comprised of a diverse range of Bay Area funders, who are committed to the Arts. The committee convenes every four weeks to discuss issues impacting the Arts in Northern California and to review loan applications to determine awards to artists and nonprofits that support the Arts in the Bay Area.

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