Susie McKinnon

  • Organizational Membership - one time payment

    $60.00 raised
    GOAL: $6,000.00

    Thank you for choosing to become an organizational member with a one-time annual payment -- you are participating in building public will and support for the arts as an essential, valued and expected resource.

    ** Suggested membership cost per organization size: $60-900 per year or more (suggested amounts are based on organization budget size -- please choose amount that's best for your organization)

    • 3 million + budget: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • Larger :: $2 million – 3 million budget: $900/yr
    • Large :: $1 million – 2 million budget:  $600/yr
    • Medium/large :: $750,000 - 1 million budget: $480/yr
    • Medium :: $500,000 – 750,000 budget: $360/yr
    • Small/medium :: $250,000 - 500,000 budget: $240/yr
    • Small :: $100,000 - 250,000 budget: $120/yr
    • Small :: 0 - $100,000 budget: $60/yr

     

    Would you like to contribute by check?

    Please make check payable to "SOMArts," include "ABBA" in the check memo. Mail to: 934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA 94103 / Need more details to process a check? Please email us at: info@betterbayarea.org - Thank you.

    Arts for a Better Bay Area is a fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts, a non-profit organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Arts for a Better Bay Area must be made payable to “SOMArts” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Benefits to Organizational Membership include but not limited, to

    • Trusted advocacy information about policies affecting the arts
    • Invitations to civic engagement opportunities
    • Recognition on ABBA website (name/logo)
    • Social media recognition upon membership commitment
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  • Organizational Membership

    $5.00 raised
    GOAL: $9,000.00

    By becoming a founding member of Arts for a Better Bay Area, you are participating in building public will for the arts as an essential, valued and expected resource.

    Your membership and support helps to sustain this young organization, and expands the reach of balanced, thoughtful information on arts policies and investments.

    ** Suggested membership cost per organization size: $5-75 per month or more (suggested amounts are based on organization budget size -- please choose monthly amount that's best for your organization)-- one-time payment option available.

    • 3 million + budget: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • Larger :: $2 million – 3 million budget: $75/mo. ($900/yr)
    • Large :: $1 million – 2 million budget: $50/mo. ($600/yr)
    • Medium/large :: $750,000 - 1 million budget: $40/mo. ($480/yr)
    • Medium :: $500,000 – 750,000 budget: $30/mo. ($360/yr)
    • Small/medium :: $250,000 - 500,000 budget: $20/mo. ($240/yr)
    • Small :: $100,000 - 250,000 budget: $10/mo. ($120/yr)
    • Small :: 0 - $100,000 budget: $5/mo. ($60/yr)

     

    ** Prefer to make a one-time payment as an organizational member? No problem, visit this page.

    Benefits to Organizational Membership include but not limited, to

    • Trusted advocacy information about policies affecting the arts
    • Invitations to civic engagement opportunities
    • Recognition on ABBA website (name/logo)
    • Social media recognition upon membership commitment
    Donate

  • Purpose

    Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA) was launched in 2015 to focus attention on the support needed to sustain the Bay Area's fragile arts ecosystem.

    Now and into the future: ABBA’s objective is to develop a network of artists, advocates, and supporters dedicated to building community-wide solidarity to increase support and equitable access to the arts. As a coalition of individuals and organizations we inform and mobilize the arts community through community-driven action.


  • History

    Inception Years & Advocacy Successes

    Concerns derived from a 2014's fractious and divisive budget season centered on a (San Francisco) City-wide battle for cultural equity to issues around the Bay Area's real estate market and its repercussion on affordable housing and creative spaces, founders Lex Leifheit, previous Executive Director of SOMArts and Ebony McKinney, formerly of Emerging Arts Professionals took action to help stitch the community back together. They conducted interviews with dozens of arts leaders and representatives and city departments. They discovered a critical interest and readiness for collaboration and action around issues facing the arts community. Holding their first ABBA meeting in January 2015, close to 100 attended to learn, participate and share information. With the timing right, this community gathering decided that ABBA would be the perfect collective to advocate for an arts-focused budget with City Hall as an action that could be acted on immediately.

    Derived from the first ABBA meetings of early 2015, a volunteer group of arts and community representatives worked in collaboration between January-May 2015 developing and recommending funding increases to San Francisco’s arts and culture budget. The allocations included a recommended increase of $8M and funding in the areas of access to public and private space, artists and workforce, cultural equity, vibrant neighborhoods and public art, and youth opportunity. All funding recommendations were shared and informed through a community-based process guided by ABBA.

    On May 29th, 2015 the Mayor’s Office announced a $7 million shared prosperity package to support the arts over two years. An additional $2 million was directed to the arts by Board of Supervisors add-backs. Funds were allocated to the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts programs. The 2015/16 budget increase for arts and culture was the first sign of increased allocations to the City’s budget in decades – an unprecedented amount of teamwork, cross-collaboration, and community-wide support made it a reality. More details can be found here, and here from a press release.

    In early 2016, the ABBA founders and a selection of arts leaders and former Budget Coalition members met to reflect on the success of the previous year and to envision what an organization like ABBA could be and facilitate with the arts community. From the meeting, a number of individuals decided to volunteer as ABBA Stewards and develop a Committee structure focused on different areas of concern in the community. Committee lead topics concentrated around real estate/cultural space preservation for housing, organizations and art creation; building public will, grass-roots arts advocacy; arts budget (City budgeting); communications and branding; and, operations.

    In mid-2016 many ABBA members and Stewards joined a coalition working to develop, petition and campaign for a proposition for November’s ballot. Its focus was to guarantee and increase resources to arts and culture and programs and organizations working to end family homelessness and help families. The message for the proposition (Proposition S) was simple. Stronger funding for these communities will aid in city health and vibrancy – and keep San Francisco, San Francisco. This unique cross-sector partnership and work of 2016 among San Francisco organizations and individuals was nearly successful. The proposition just missed the mark by only 3% but built a strong coalition of individuals and groups with a common purpose and values to consider future strategies.

    ABBA officially endorsed the legislation and partnered with the coalition to help inform and educate the public about the details of the proposition through events, various communications, and support efforts. The Stewards continue to connect and stay abreast of the coalition’s efforts and plans.  


  • Become a Member

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    JOIN ARTS FOR A BETTER BAY AREA TODAY!

     

    By becoming a member of Arts for a Better Bay Area, you are participating in an effort to advocate for and build public will for the arts as an essential, valued, and expected resource.

    Your membership and support helps to sustain this young organization, its coalition building and work to engage and inform a broad network of arts and culture advocates -- which in turn, helps expand the reach of balanced and thoughtful information on arts policies, initiatives and investments.

    ** During this campaign, we are offering beautiful 'Arts Advocate' buttons to new (paying) members so you can wear and show the world your commitment to arts and culture everyday. Get yours now!

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    Community

    Cost: Free*

    SIGN UP AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER HERE

    Contributor

    Cost: $2 per month or more*

    SIGN UP AS A CONTRIBUTOR MEMBER HERE

    Supporter

    Cost: $5 per month or more*

    SIGN UP AS A SUPPORTER MEMBER HERE

    Professional

    Cost: $10 per month or more*

    SIGN UP AS A PROFESSIONAL MEMBER HERE

    Organizational Memberships

    Suggested membership cost per organization size: $5-75 per month or more (depending on budget size -- you choose monthly amount that fits your budget. You can choose to make an annual (one-time) contribution, too.) *

    • 3 million + budget: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • Larger :: $2 million – 3 million budget: $75/mo. (or $900/yr)
    • Large :: $1 million – 2 million budget: $50/mo. (or $600/yr)
    • Medium/large :: $750,000 - 1 million budget: $40/mo. (or $480/yr)
    • Medium :: $500,000 – 750,000 budget: $30/mo. (or $360/yr)
    • Small/medium :: $250,000 - 500,000 budget: $20/mo. (or $240/yr)
    • Small :: $100,000 - 250,000 budget: $10/mo. (or $120/yr)
    • Small :: 0 - $100,000 budget: $5/mo. (or $60/yr)

     

    SIGN UP AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER HERE

    By joining ABBA as a free or paid member you agree to the membership terms and conditions.

     

    Photos by: Lex Leifheit; Claire Stacy (Courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center)

     


  • Supporter Membership

    $415.00 raised
    GOAL: $6,000.00

    By becoming a founding member of Arts for a Better Bay Area, you are participating in an effort to build public will for the arts as an essential, valued and expected resource.

    Your membership and support helps to sustain this young organization, and expands the reach of balanced, thoughtful information on arts policies and investments.

    Cost: $5 per month or more (you can choose to contribute the amount you like)*

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  • Contributor Membership

    $86.00 raised
    GOAL: $3,600.00

    By becoming a founding member of Arts for a Better Bay Area, you are participating in an effort to build public will for the arts as an essential, valued and expected resource.

    Your membership and support helps to sustain this young organization, and expands the reach of balanced, thoughtful information on arts policies and investments

    Cost: $2 per month (you can choose to contribute the amount you like)*

     

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  • SF Arts Advocacy Day Needs Your Support

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    Arts Advocacy day is a day to broadcast our 2016-17 Arts Budget & Policy Priorities and to SHOW our elected officials why the arts are integral to a healthy city, while giving them examples on HOW to support our priorities this year.

    when - Monday May 16, 2016 @1pm | where - City Hall steps, Polk St. (1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, 94102)

    Please join us in demonstrating that vibrant neighborhoods, healthy communities, and cultural equity make San Francisco a vibrant City.


     

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  • Contributor

    Donation: $2 per month 

    Benefits:
    -”PULSE” monthly e-newsletter with legislative updates & arts advocacy news
    -Action alerts -- as ABBA grows and our capacity increases, these will be tailored by district, city, state & region.
    -sticker with ABBA logo
    -Periodic contests and giveaways such as conference discounts and free tickets 

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  • Thank You letter to our City officials - Sign & share

    We appreciate all the work our elected officials and community have contributed to make possible an unprecedented $7 million increased investment to the arts in SF!

    GOAL: 90 signatures

    Dear Mayor Lee and Supervisors of San Francisco:

    We stand together with Arts for a Better Bay Area to thank San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his historic Shared Prosperity package, a $7 million enhancement to arts funding in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 municipal budget. This represents a 14 percent growth over previous budgets for the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts. It includes a $2 million enhancement (a 50 percent increase) to the City’s groundbreaking Cultural Equity Endowment Fund as well as $1 million to Grants for the Arts to support small and mid-sized arts nonprofits, individual artists and historically underserved communities through grants and capacity building.

    This effort constituted the largest arts increase by the city in over 20 years, something that was long overdue. The Mayor's investment is testament to San Francisco's commitment to celebrate its diversity and cultures thus ensuring that it remains a world-class city.

    The road to this success could not have been made possible without the support of District Supervisors including Supervisors Breed, Mar, Kim, Avalos, Campos, Yee, Farrell, Weiner, Tang, Cohen, and Christensen.   

    Arts for a Better Bay will continue to bring the community together to support our elected officials in recognizing, valuing, and investing in the arts essential to the well-being of Bay Area residents.

    Thank you,

    San Francisco arts community

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