Continuity and Engagement


Art has the power to infuse people’s lives with meaning and joy. Shared artistic experiences can also be a powerful unifying force, affirming deep bonds across cultures and generations, especially in the face of rapid demographic and technological change. For those reasons, today the Hewlett Foundation is one of the largest funders of performing arts in the place we call home: the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our continuity and engagement grantmaking embraces a wide range of disciplines, aesthetics and traditions in the areas of dance, media, music and theater that engage people across different communities to participate in the arts.


Traditional works

Support organizations that seek to produce, present and preserve exceptional works from a variety of artistic traditions, and ensure opportunities for participation that reflect the demographic diversity of the Bay Area.

Innovative works

Encourage innovation in the performing arts by promoting the development of new cultural expressions, creation of new works, and integration of technology and media to expand and redefine the experiences of artists and audiences.

Ideas + Practice

Our Grantmaking

Theatre Bay Area
for CA$H, the Creative Assistance for the Small and Hungry regranting program
Hartnell College Foundation
for support of the Western Stage
Intersection for the Arts
for the Red Poppy Art House
EXIT Theatre
for general operating support

Our Team

Jon McGuirk
John McGuirk 
Program Director
Alexa Hall 
Program Fellow
Kerry O’Connor 
Program Associate
Emiko Ono
Emiko Ono 
Program Officer
Reuben Roqueni
Reuben Roqueñi 
Program Officer

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In its first full year of operation, the Hewlett Foundation gave $70,000 to what was, at the time, called “arts and humanities.” Today, the foundation’s Performing Arts Program gives approximately $20 million in multi-year general operating support to organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The face of the region is changing quickly along racial, ethnic, generational, and economic dimensions. At the same time, artistic interests, tastes, preferences, and ticket-buying patterns are changing. As audiences, artists and institutions evolve over time, the arts community has to deftly balance upholding great traditions while exploring adventurous visions. Our grantmaking seeks to be a stabilizing influence for the Bay Area’s performing arts field by providing unrestricted support to arts organizations.

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