Fresh Meat was founded in 2002 and in the past decade has emerged to become one of the nation's foremost transgender arts organizations. The company offers three year round programs including Sean Dorsey Dance, a resident dance company performing the artistic director's choreography for audiences in the Bay Area and around the country; the Fresh Meat Performance festival providing a venue for over 150 transgender performing, visual, and literary artists; and the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. The Bay Area is home to the largest transgender population in the country (estimated at approximately 12,000) and this small budget organization has demonstrated a unique ability to create outstanding and original work for and by this community. With first time general operating support the organization will add administrative staff so that artistic director can focus more attention on ensuring the quality of the organization's creative products and generating new choreographic work which will contribute to the organization's capacity to reach its artistic and its financial objectives and to serve a historically marginalized community.
About the Grantee
375 27th Street, Suite A, San Francisco, CA, 94131-2011, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Fresh Meat Productions produces and presents dance and performance art that explores and affirms the experiences, expressions, and visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming communities. Its programs include an annual arts festival, including related commissioning projects; a resident dance company that performs Artistic Director Sean Dorsey’s original works; the co-sponsorship and production of community-based arts events; and transgender education, engagement, and advocacy activities. Support for Fresh Meat Productions advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) is the world’s first and longest-running transgender film festival. SFTFF provides opportunities for trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists and audiences, supports emerging and established trans filmmakers, fights transphobic representation and underrepresentation of trans people in film, and works for intersectional justice in media arts. This grant will support SFTFF at the critical milestone of their 25th anniversary season — investing in staff infrastructure expansion, the launch of a TGNC Filmmakers Seed Commission Initiative, their annual festival, and other co-sponsored trans arts events throughout the grant period.
for general operating support
Fresh Meat Productions is nationally recognized for its ability to produce and present art that explores and affirms the experiences, expressions, and visibility of transgender communities. Its programs include an annual arts festival; a resident dance company performing artistic director Sean Dorsey’s original choreography; and production of performing arts events, in partnership with other organizations that reach people who cross or mix gender roles and identities. The San Francisco-based organization reaches more than 17,000 people each year.