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Arts Loan Fund Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join the ALF Steering Committee for the next business meeting and plan to stay for the Service Organizations Program! Below are details about the program and the speakers who will be sharing about the impactful work their ogranizations are accomplishing in the community.   


Arts service organizations are, in many ways, the unacknowledged gems of the cultural ecosystem. They play an important role in supporting the work of artists and nonprofit agencies and in developing the sector’s cohesion and ability to meet its collective needs.

                                                                                                                ~ June Wang, TDC

Please join us for a conversation with Bay Area arts service organizations Dancers’ Group, Intersection for the Arts, and Theatre Bay Area. Leaders from these organizations will share thoughts on the role of service organizations today, the state of the sector and their respective constituents, and pressing questions and challenges. Read below for more information on the amazing work each of these organizations are doing! 

Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. They serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process itself. In response to the needs of its constituents, Dancers’ Group has evolved to fulfill a dual function as a service organization and as a presenter of performance opportunities that maximize the visibility of dance in the Bay Area. They envision that dance is situated at the center of civic life and the ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community is diverse, resilient, and artistically vibrant.

Dancers' Group's current programs include Dancers’ Group Presents, which comprises the Rotunda Dance Series at San Francisco’s City Hall; ONSITE, which commissions major site-specific work; and Dance Discourse Project, a series of forums on dance; In Dance, a 12-16 page, monthly, color print publication with a calendar listing of upcoming performances, articles on dance, and job listings and other career development information; Fiscal Sponsorship, which provides ongoing advice, guidance, information and access to philanthropic support to 120 local dance projects and is one of the largest in the nation exclusively serving the dance field; Funding Opportunities, which include the re-granting programs CA$H and Lighting Artists in Dance; Membership Services, which keeps the community informed through a menu of e-communications, websites and access to resources; Bay Area Dance Week, an annual 10-day, region-wide festival of over 600 free events by 200 local dance artists and organizations; and Advocacy on behalf of the dance community at the local, stage and national level.

Intersection for the Arts was founded in 1965 as a leading-edge arts organization that connects people and communities across physical, social, cultural, and economic boundaries to instigate change. They define what is core to the artists and follow these CORE Tentets: 

  • Artists are Activators– The practices of the artists we support involve their communities, engage them in dialogue and prompt them to action as we address the important issues of our time.
  • Artists are Connectors – Through deep, high-quality partnerships - across artistic disciplines, across cultural communities and across sectors - the artists we support bring the time-tested tools employed in the creation of art to the table as we work to explore new solutions to the challenges facing our communities.
  • Artists are Essential to a Well-rounded Education – From unlocking creativity and personal expression to developing critical thinking, art is as necessary as math and the sciences in a well-rounded curriculum at any level of learning.

Economically sustainable models for artists and organizations that share CORE Tenets are critical in a rapidly changing world. Intersection for the Arts's organizational design provides an organized platform of resources including: Fiscal Sponsorship, Incubation, Professional Development, Technical Assistance, Community Gatherings, Residencies, Exhibitions and Presentations of New Work.

Theatre Bay Area’s mission is to unite, strengthen, promote and advance the Bay Area theatre community, working from our conviction that theatre and all the arts are an essential public good, critical to a prosperous and democratic society, and invaluable as a source of personal enrichment and growth. Founded in 1976, today Theatre Bay Area is one of the largest regional theatre service organizations in North America, with more than 2,000 individual artist and 300+ theatre company members.  With audience development as a central goal, we also serve the larger theatre-going community.  Earlier this year, TBA launched a new strategic plan that organizes our programs around three primary and two secondary focus areas:  equipping the field for success; recognizing achievement; developing audiences; advocating on behalf of the field; and engaging in research and development.


Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director of  Dancers' Group, came to the Bay Area from Pennsylvania in 2005 to pursue a career in dance. She received her BA in Dance and International Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore and an MA in Dance Theatre: the Body in Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance in London. Prior to joining Dancers' Group as its Program Director in 2012, Reynolds worked in development with Joe Goode Performance Group and institutional fundraising for a range of Bay Area arts organizations at Quinn Associates. She has served as curator of dance programming at Meridian Gallery and was a fellow with the San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals from 2010-11. She is currently part of the Emerging Arts Professional’s Leadership Team and is a member of Trio, a loosely London-based experimental performance collective.

Randy Rollison,  Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, has had over thirty years experience as an artistic director, producer, presenter and manager of nonprofit arts organizations, in addition to a longer career as an actor and director. While in New York City he was the co-founder and served as Producing Artistic Director of HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art, producing work at HOME’s space in Tribeca as well as under the banner of the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.  He was a co-founder and co-artistic director of HERE Arts Center in Soho.  In 1998 he left New York to join the staff of Cleveland Public Theatre where he served as Executive Artistic Director until the spring of 2006.

During his career he has helped over 1000 new works of theatre, dance, opera and performance art reach the stage, collaborating with such artists as Eve Ensler, Christopher Durang, John Leguizamo, David Greenspan, Basil Twist, John Kelly, Charles L. Mee Jr., Steve Buscemi, Allison Janney, Mac Wellman, Camryn Manheim, Dylan McDermott, Olympia Dukakis, Tamara Jenkins, Tony Kushner, Craig Lucas and Michael Mayer. Producing credits include the world premieres of: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues  (1997 OBIE Award, Drama Desk Nominee); Extraordinary Measures, also by Ms. Ensler, co-produced with Music Theater Group; Camryn Manheim’s Wake Up, I’m Fat!; James Lecesne’s Word of Mouth (Drama Desk Award); and Todd Alcott’s One Neck.  As a presenter he introduced such notable companies as The Neo-Futurists and their Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind; and the long running No Shame Series, to New York audiences.  In 1994, Rollison and his partners were honored with an Obie for Distinguished Achievement for HERE Arts Center.

Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area, one of the nation’s largest regional performing arts service organizations, with 300+ theatre and dance company members and more than 2,000 individual members.  For twelve years, he has led the organization’s efforts to support, promote and advocate for the region’s vibrant theatre and dance community.  Under Erickson’s leadership, Theatre Bay Area has gained a national reputation for innovative programs and services for the field.  Theatre Bay Area’s nationwide study on the intrinsic impact of the theatre experience on the audience is a leading example. Erickson serves as treasurer of the California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts and as California State Captain for Americans for the Arts.  Also a playwright, his plays have won several awards and have been produced in theatres from San Francisco to Indianapolis. Erickson received a BFA in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School) at DePaul University.

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These meetings are by invitation only. To learn more about joining the Arts Loan Fund, please contact Michelle Bermúdez, Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy.

About the Arts Loan Fund

Since 1981, the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) has provided over 1,000 low-interest, quick turnaround cash flow loans of up to $50,000 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. 

The Arts Loan Fund is housed at Northern California Grantmakers, and its committee is comprised of NCG members.   The committee meets every six weeks to review loan applications and determine loan awards.