For Executive Transition

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    8 Months
  • Type of Support
CounterPulse had been a long time grantee of the Performing Arts Program, with strong programs and leadership, and diverse audiences and participants. After 14 years, Executive & Artistic Director, Jessica Robinson-Love, announced her resignation, with a thoughtful six-month transition plan. Because the organization is in the midst of a major capital fundraising plan for its new facility, this transition is a critical opportunity to build its capacity. The board convened a transition committee and has appointed an experienced Interim Executive Director, Julie Phelps, who will become Artistic Director once the new ED is hired in early 2015. In addition, CounterPulse hired Kegan Marling (formerly of Dances Group) to serve an Interim Managing Director. Finally, the board is hiring a executive search consulting firm with experience in the arts to recruit a new qualified leader. Hewlett support is requested for this entire transition plan and staffing.
About the Grantee
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80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
CounterPulse supports emerging artists and cultural innovators engaged in the creation of cutting-edge and contemporary performance artists. The organization commissions and produces new work, provides fiscal sponsorship services, and subsidizes rehearsal and performance space for a community of 1,000 artists that largely identify as part of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or disabled communities. In a typical year, CounterPulse performances and classes engage more than 15,000 audience and community members at its 10,000-square-foot facility in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. This grant advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for construction costs for the renovation of the facility at 80 Turk Street  
Since 2007, the Performing Arts Program has funded CounterPULSE (also recommended on this docket for general operating support). CounterPULSE’s lease for its current location on Mission Street in San Francisco will end in 2015, and the organization is actively searching for a new physical home in its Mid-Market neighborhood. This capital grant would provide CounterPULSE with flexible funds that could be used for expenses such as planning, capital campaign implementation, site acquisition, and renovations.

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