Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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Guidelines

The Artist Power Convenings is a new community investment opportunity to build the capacity of artists and artist-led organizations in service of their communities in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma. Proposed convenings should provide a platform for artists to connect and share knowledge, ideas, inspiration, and resources that support the development or expansion of their mission in service of their practice and community.

YBCA is currently accepting proposals for Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties only. This investment round is now open from August 2nd to September 14th, 2021.

This investment opportunity will prioritize proposals submitted by:

  • Artists who are part of or serve the American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian and Asian American, Black and African American, Disabled, Indigenous and Indigena, Latinx,  LGBTQIA2S+*, MENASA**, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Artist-led Organizations that have an annual operational budget of $250,000 or less and are part of or serve American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian and Asian American, Black and African American, Disabled, Indigenous and Indigena, Latinx,  LGBTQIA2S+*, MENASA**, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities

*Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, +

**Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian

This list was honed through consultation with social practice artists from multiple communities and backgrounds and is meant to call folks into participation with us. However, we know that language has power and words and labels can cause harm, and can easily exclude many people. We also understand that language, when careful, can lift and empower all of us. Most of all, we embrace that language is accountable and necessarily dynamic. At YBCA, we are committed to doing the best we can to find and use the words to ensure that people are seen and acknowledged and that we are accountable to our commitment to social, racial, and economic equity and justice. We will keep on listening, responding and adjusting the words we use and the actions we take.

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For all other inquiries, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. Our YBCA support team can be reached by email at APC@ybca.org or at (415) 978-2700 Thursdays, 12pm–7pm and Friday through Saturday, 10am–5pm to respond to questions around the proposal process, accessibility, and translation support.

Artist Power Center App

Informed by over six months of assessments from our local artist community, YBCA is proud to launch the Artist Power Center app in Alpha. We invite artists to sign up during this preview period of the app to connect to opportunities like the Artist Power Convenings that match their interests and support their livelihood. With your feedback, YBCA will spend the coming months further developing the platform before releasing it to our Bay Area artist community at large. Join the Artist Power Center today! Create your free account and begin searching for opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area

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