At the next Arts Loan Fund meeting, the Steering Committee will engage in a special 1 1/2 hour peer learning designed by the San Francisco Foundation. During the session, participants will discuss opportunities between leading arts foundations and those in philanthropy that are bridging the gap between movement building and arts funding. The San Francisco Foundation staff has invited Favianna Rodriquez, Executive Director of CultureStrike, Sandra Davis and Alexandra Desautels from The California Endowment, and Gina Acebo from the Akonadi Foundation.
The ALF policy discussion will be postponed to the next Steering Commitee meeting on October 12th.
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Steering Commitee Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Peer Learning: Movement Building & Arts Funding | Organized by The San Francisco Foundation
Peer Learning Description
The San Francisco Foundation believes that art and cultural have a powerful role to play in creating equity across the Bay Area. Towards that end, we are excited to convene a workshop that will discuss opportunities between leading arts foundations and those in philanthropy that are already bridging that gap between movement building and arts funding. We believe that cultural change precedes political change, and the current political climate requires us to think more expansively about the role of art and culture in building power and challenging inequality. Favianna Rodriguez, Executive Director of CultureStrike, will provide some frameworks and tools about how art can transform ideology and support movement building efforts. She will share case studies, discuss the pipeline of cultural inequality, and facilitate group dialogue about how the arts can build alternative systems of power and write a new story about inclusion.
Favianna Rodriguez is a transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and organizer based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity to catalyze social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez collaborates deeply with social movement groups around the country to co-create art that’s resilient, empowering and transformative. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful” which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2016, she was a recipient of the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship and is currently focused on projects that help end mass incarceration.
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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 Coordinator.
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.
Some essentials about meeting at the Haas Fund:
- Nice view and good video conferencing system.
- Building is at the corner of The Embarcadero/Battery/Lombard
- Parking is a half block away at the Levi’s Plaza Garage (Sansome Street between Greenwich and Lombard)
- If one takes BART, it is a flat and easy but 20-minute walk north from the Embarcadero BART Station (25 minutes to and from NCG). The F car is another option. BUT people always think they can get here in less than 20 minutes and they can’t.