Join the ALF Steering Committee for the next business meeting and plan to stay for the Artist and Nonprofit Displacement in Oakland program! Below are more details about the program and the speakers who will be covering much ground on this timely issue.
The Bay Area’s population and economic growth have fueled a hot real estate market that is leading to evictions and unsupportable rent increases for a number of artists and nonprofit organizations. The city of Oakland is one epicenter for this crisis. This Arts Loan Fund member learning session introduces work being done on behalf of sustaining Oakland’s arts community.
We will begin with Erin McElroy of the Anti-eviction Mapping Project, a largely-volunteer group of artists and coders who data mapped patterns of eviction and displacement in San Francisco and now have turned their attention to several Alameda County cities, including Oakland. Anyka Barber, Betti Ono founder and San Francisco Foundation fellow, will introduce the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition and other arts advocacy efforts spearheaded by Oakland artists. Kelley Khan of the City of Oakland will share her work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development on arts space issues. Stephaney Kipple of the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) will walk us through their recent efforts to assist Oakland arts organizations with real estate challenges. Shelley Trott of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation will speak of other collaborative work to shape meaningful responses. This includes discussion of a report from the Artist Housing and Workspace Task Force submitted to Mayor Schaaf in December 2015, a nascent series of real estate readiness workshops and technical assistance hosted by NCCLF, plans generated through the Rainin Foundation’s Oakland Artist Workspace Work Group, and more.
Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, curator and entrepreneur, who is currently a fellow in the arts program at the San Francisco Foundation. She has more than 10 years of experience working professionally in Bay Area arts organizations, designing and producing visual arts, performing arts, and community arts programs, exhibitions and curatorial projects. Anyka has spent the past five years developing community arts projects and programs that activate vacant, blighted and non-traditional properties as sites for artistic intervention, commerce and community building. Betti Ono (founded in 2010), is one such project that has emerged from a pop-up engagement into a long-term, active space for arts, culture and community that includes an art gallery, retail design shop, and multidisciplinary venue. Betti Ono presents visual and performing arts, and public programs that feature the work of emerging and established artists of our time. Behind the scenes Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor, including her role as a co-chair of the City of Oakland Funding Advisory Committee (FAC), two years as a Mayor-appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Richmond, an Oakland Museum of California advisory board member, and a sought after arts selection panelist. Most recently, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a new arts advocacy group, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to "#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!" Anyka was also a lead organizer of artist/activists/entrepreneurs who formed the Oakland Artivist PAC.
Kelley Kahn is a project director for the City of Oakland’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. She has more than ten years’ prior experience working as a urban planner throughout the state of California. An Oakland resident, Ms. Kahn served as Project Director in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, where she played a leadership role in the transformation of Mission Bay from a vacant rail yard to a thriving center for biotechnology. Prior to her work in San Francisco, she was a key member in the development of the 10K Housing Initiative while serving as a planner with the City of Oakland and worked as a city planner in Berkeley and as a planning consultant in private practice. Kelley sits on the Board of Directors of Urban Ecology, a non-profit organization providing pro-bono comprehensive planning services to low-income communities. She is also a mayoral appointee to the City of Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.
Erin McElroy is the founding director of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project - a data visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling project documenting the contemporary dispossession and resistance of Bay Area residents. Utilizing a digital humanities framework, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) creates cartographic data in partnership with communities being impacted by the current gentrification crisis, while producing tools that can be used to frame movement work. Erin is an active member with the direct action mutual aid organization Eviction Free San Francisco and the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s “Oakland School” of Urban Studies. As a doctoral candidate in Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, Erin also has a MA in Cultural Anthropology, and is a recent recipient of the Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s YBCA100 Award and the American Association of Geographer’s Urban Geography Alternative Modes of Scholarship Award.
Stephaney Kipple joined the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) in April of 2013 and serves as a Real Estate Consulting Analyst. She assists in contract management, identifying site opportunities, analyzing partnership opportunities, and producing proforma analyses. She also provides funding analyses for feasibility, including the structuring of New Market Tax Credit transactions. Before joining NCCLF, Stephaney worked as a consultant at the Community Investment Support Fund in Detroit, MI, where she provided technical assistance to nonprofits with financial and real estate needs. She has an in-depth knowledge of community development finance and is passionate about creating a positive community impact while providing value to socially responsible developers and investors. Stephaney holds a M.Sc. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School for Public Engagement with an emphasis in Community Development Finance. She also holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Japanese Language from Eastern Michigan University.
Shelley Trott is Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She has devoted her career to the arts, having worked as a dancer and choreographer, teacher, filmmaker, and funder. Shelley joined the Foundation in 2009 as one of its first employees and has played an integral role in the evolution of its three program areas. Shelley leads the foundation’s strategic direction for the arts, supporting experimental and multidisciplinary performances, and creating programs to strengthen the capacity of arts organizations, foster a dynamic learning environment and assist with critical organizational transitions. Shelley was instrumental in establishing the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), an inventive nonprofit model founded on the belief that the arts promote strong, vibrant, diverse communities. CAST secures permanent affordable space for arts and cultural organizations to facilitate equitable urban transformation. She regularly speaks about the important role the arts play in innovative place-based approaches to improving neighborhoods and communities. In 2014, Shelley was awarded the Council on Foundation’s prestigious Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for her work with CAST. Shelley earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She co-produces the annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival.
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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.
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.