Each year, CounterPULSE produces hundreds of multidisciplinary performances at its ninety-seat venue in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, reaching an audience of more than 12,000 people. The organization annually supports more than 4,000 low-income and emerging artists with a suite of programs and services that include the commission and production of new work, fiscal sponsorship, subsidized rehearsal and performance space, and comprehensive production support. CounterPULSE occupies a particularly important niche in San Francisco’s dance community by cultivating young, raw talent making its way to more established venues and by presenting experimental work that would not be seen anywhere else. The pioneering program Performing Diaspora commissions and presents innovative new work by artists who practice traditional art forms. During the next grant period, CounterPULSE plans to enhance its high-quality suite of programs for artists, deepen audience engagement through online and in-person programs, and build organizational capacity through increased contributed income and a focus on staff retention.
About the Grantee
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.