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
80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Grants to this Grantee
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.
for the 2021 50 Arts Commissions for folk and traditional arts
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support CounterPulse in developing and presenting the Indian folk opera “Princess Nautanki” in partnership with lead artist Devendra Sharma and the fiscally sponsored project Devendra Sharma’s Nautanki Folk Opera Ensemble. “Princess Nautanki” will be a multilingual, woman-centered re-imagining of a classic Nautanki production, and will bring this traditionally North Indian and rural art form to Bay Area audiences.