Susie McKinnon

  • Proposition E - Arts for Everyone, Doesn’t Raise Taxes Passes!

    Proposition E, Hotel Tax Allocation Initiative Ordinance for Arts and Culture in San Francisco WINS at 74%

    On November 6th, 2018, Election Day, San Francisco voters chose to prioritize and claim arts and culture as essential to the City – with the passing of Proposition E.

    Read more

  • Proposition E Campaign Support Ideas

    Proposition E requires 2/3rds vote to pass and needs the community's support to inform, educate and engage the public on the importance of passing the measure. Proposition E, if passed will benefit the entire City and all who visit by increasing arts and culture opportunities for all.

    Here are some ideas on how you or your organization can get involved to support the Proposition E campaign. The sky's the limit, you can recommend some ways to inform, and engage your networks, too!

    Read more

  • Arts Enabler Awardees 2018 Spotlight Series - Dr. Anne Huang

    Dr. Anne Huang, Development Director, World Arts West (Heritage)

    Bio: Dr. Anne Huang is the Development Director of World Arts West, producers of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which supports Bay Area dance companies that are sustaining and celebrating the world’s cultural legacy.  Anne is the former Executive Director of Oakland Asian Cultural Center, where she transformed a struggling arts organization into a thriving cultural institution serving 50,000 people a year, and forged innovative partnerships such as 100 Families: Art and Social Change and Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project with StoryCorps...

     

    Read more




  • Advocacy & Resources

    Welcome & Statement from Mayor London Breed
    Posted by · August 16, 2018 11:05 AM · 1 reaction

    Leading SF Mayoral Candidates and the Arts – Watch and Share Before June 5, 2018 Election
    Posted by · May 24, 2018 3:56 PM

    The Art of Advocacy
    Posted by · March 20, 2017 1:20 AM

    See all posts


  • Arts Commons (updates/resources/info)

    Welcome to the Arts Commons, an online resource that includes posts and blogs to help you gain insightful information and arts and culture advocacy guidance. Here you will find posts, articles, and publications from prominent local leaders and trusted sources that include significant information, data, and resources for the arts and culture community and arts advocates.

    Please find information on the following topics/categories: Policy, Advocacy & Resources, Resources for Arts & Culture, Artist & Community Spotlights.

    Policy - Current and past information on local policy initiatives and efforts

    Advocacy & Resources - Information, guidelines, and events to educate individuals and organizations on advocacy work and actions

    Arts & Culture Resources - Blogs, articles and informative articles on a variety of arts and culture focused topics of interest. Topics include cultural space, real estate guidance, arts equity, and more

    Artist & Community Spotlights - Posts highlighting exceptional arts leaders and advocates from the 2018 State of the Arts Event and other sources

    We encourage you to share a post to the Arts Commons, here's how, or contact us at info@betterbayarea.org to learn more.


  • Arts for a Better Bay Area's (ABBA) 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.

    Want to know more about ABBA's history, accomplishments, and work? Visit our History page.

    Want to join us as an OFFICIAL arts advocate member? Become a donating member today as a supporting individual or organization!

    Screen_Shot_2017-04-25_at_3.58.25_PM.png


  • Organizational Membership - one time payment

    $240.00 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 amounts are based on organization budget size -- please choose amount that's best for your organization

    • $3 million +: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • $2 million – 3 million: $900/yr
    • $1 million – 2 million: $600/yr
    • $750,000 - 1 million: $480/yr
    • $500,000 – 750,000: $360/yr
    • $250,000 - 500,000: $240/yr
    • $100,000 - 250,000: $180/yr
    • $0 - 100,000: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org

     

    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.

    Donate

  • Organizational Membership

    $30.00 raised
    GOAL: $6,000.00

    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.

    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

    * Suggested amounts based on organization budget size -- please choose monthly amount that's best for your organization)-- one-time payment option available.

    • $3 million +: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • $2 million – 3 million: $75/mo. (or $900/yr)
    • $1 million – 2 million: $50/mo. (or $600/yr)
    • $750,000 - 1 million: $40/mo. (or $480/yr)
    • $500,000 – 750,000: $30/mo. (or $360/yr)
    • $250,000 - 500,000: $20/mo. (or $240/yr)
    • $100,000 - 250,000: $15/mo. (or $180/yr)
    • $0 - 100,000: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org

     

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


     

    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

    Inform.Mobilize_membershipGraphic2016.001.png

     

    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.

    Benefits to membership include but not limited, to:

    • Trusted advocacy information and updates about policies and initiatives affecting arts and culture
    • Invitations to civic engagement opportunities
    • Recognition on ABBA website (name/logo) - for organizational memberships
    • Social media recognition upon membership commitment - for those desiring online recognition

     

    ** 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!

    buttons_2_styles_r.jpg

    Individual Membership

    Choose the amount that best fits your budget. >> SIGN UP AS AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER HERE

    • Contributor Member - $2/mo.
    • Supporter Member - $5/mo.
    • Professional Member - $10/mo.

     

    Organizational Membership

    Choose the monthly amount that fits your organization's budget. You can make an annual (one-time) contribution, too. >> SIGN UP AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER HERE

    • $3 million +: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org
    • $2 million – 3 million: $75/mo. (or $900/yr)
    • $1 million – 2 million: $50/mo. (or $600/yr)
    • $750,000 - 1 million: $40/mo. (or $480/yr)
    • $500,000 – 750,000: $30/mo. (or $360/yr)
    • $250,000 - 500,000: $20/mo. (or $240/yr)
    • $100,000 - 250,000: $15/mo. (or $180/yr)
    • $0 - 100,000: please contact us: info@betterbayarea.org

     

    Not ready to become a contributing member? Sign up to receive network updates and info, here.

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

     

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

     


  • Supporter Membership

    $490.00 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)*

    Donate

  • Contributor Membership

    $112.00 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)*

     

    Donate

  • SF Arts Advocacy Day Needs Your Support

    ABBA-FacebookBanner.jpg

    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.


     

    Read more

Donate on behalf of Susie McKinnon: