CounterPULSE (San Francisco, CA) produces and presents dance, theater, music, and multimedia performances at its ninety-seat venue in San Francisco’s South of Market district. Founded as 848 Community Space in 1992, the organization develops new work and provides fiscal sponsorship, subsidized rehearsal and performance space, and comprehensive production support to hundreds of emerging local artists. Reaching an annual audience of 11,000, CounterPULSE occupies a particularly important niche in San Francisco’s dance community by cultivating young and raw talent making its way to more established venues, and by presenting experimental work that would not be seen anywhere else. The Performing Diaspora project will leverage the tremendous cultural diversity of the Bay Area to create new work in traditional art forms. While there are many organizations and events that exist to preserve the artistic traditions of the region’s immigrant groups (Hewlett grantees like the Ethnic Dance Festival, Ballet Afsaneh and Chinese Cultural Productions, for example), there are not many outlets for artists to experiment and even challenge the precepts of such cultural work. Thus, the Performing Diaspora will, over the course of two years select artists from various traditions – including kathak, taiko, kulintang and Cambodian or Guinean dance forms - to develop work throught Counterpulse’s residency program, to present it in a symposium forum for academics and cultural critics, to present in-progress versions to the public and then to develop full-length pieces for a three-week festival in 2010. (New, $70,000/2; 25% of organizational budget)
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.