Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

There are presently no open calls for applications.

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 investments of up to $2,500 from Solano and Sonoma counties only. This investment round will be open from July 15th through August 15th, 2022.

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 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 to respond to questions around the proposal process, accessibility, and translation support.

Artist Power Center App

The Artist Power Center is a digital web app that was created with the goal of connecting artists in the Bay Area to new opportunities that support their livelihoods such as jobs, workshops, grants, affordable housing, and more. Powered by YBCA, the Artist Power Center was created at the height of the pandemic in 2020 after seeing a need from local artists for relief funds. Since then the Artist Power Center has evolved into a digital watering hole for artists at the intersection of creativity and social justice to seek out opportunities and connect with organizations they may not have otherwise been able to access. 

Artists who want to grow in their craft, connect with peers, access grants, opportunities, and other resources don’t have to look any further. The web app will specifically provide opportunities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled artists, non-native speaking and LGBTQIA+ artists in the Bay Area, aiming to recognize and strengthen the power of artists as this is essential to the health and well-being of our communities.

Visit our app today.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts