Leading SF Mayoral Candidates and the Arts – Watch and Share Before June 5, 2018 Election

The arts community asked the four leading San Francisco mayoral candidates - Angela Alioto, Supervisor London Breed, Supervisor Jane Kim, and Senator Mark Leno - their position on how to best support the arts in our city.

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Arts Enabler Awardees 2018 Spotlight Series - Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp, Actor & Educator (Advocacy/Activism)

Bio: Tracy Camp is an actor/singer and a tenured mathematics instructor at Laney College in Oakland. Mainly focusing on musical theater, she has performed all over the Bay Area as well as in Colorado and other parts of California.

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Arts Enabler Awardees 2018

Arts Enabler Awardee Spotlight - On April 12, 2018 at the inaugural State of the Arts event, we honored and recognized a few individuals and organizations in our arts community who go above and beyond. From 130 community-chosen nominees, 12 were selected to be honored as the 2018 Arts Enablers. These individuals and organizations represent movers and shakers in our community.

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STATE of the ARTS: A Bay Area Arts Blog Forum

Barry Hessenius, Former Director of the California Arts Council, hosted a virtual forum with some of our esteemed local arts agency leaders.  Check out a highlight from each question, click through to read the whole forum on Barry's blog, and post your comments to participate!

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Bucking the Trend: Securing Affordable Spaces for the Arts


By Shelley Trott, Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

I’ve spent a good part of my life in the arts—as a dancer and choreographer, teacher, filmmaker, and now a funder with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. The Foundation invests in visionary artists and small to mid-size arts organizations in the Bay Area that push the boundaries of creative expression. So when we began seeing their work threatened by a volatile real estate market, we had to seek a solution.

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The Art of Advocacy

By Demone Carter

Online Commons Contributor

Tension are high within the arts sector with the news of the Trump administration’s credible threat to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both institutions were founded in 1965 as independent agencies of the federal government to ensure that millions of Americans would have access to arts and culture. Inherent within their creation is the belief that the arts and culture are important to civic life.

Both the NEA and NEH represent a tiny fraction of the federal budget, receiving only $148M in 2016, or 0.0003% of the overall federal budget. Therefore, their proposed elimination would not signify a significant savings for the government. Rather, the rationale for putting the NEA and NEH on the chopping block is grounded in the cynical ideology we have come to expect from the Trump administration.

As a result, the current political context brings to the forefront the need for artists to engage with politics. If we do not, we risk being steamrolled to the margins of American society. Simply put: it is time for arts professionals to engage deeply and in more meaningful ways with the political system that affects the work we do and the communities we serve. Advocacy is the order of the day.

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Theatre Bay Area: Letter on President's Budget

 Urgent Letter from Theatre Bay Area to the theatre & arts community.


March 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sure many of you have received the alarming, but not unexpected, news that the President’s budget proposes to eliminate the nation's cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

First, let me be clear: the cultural heartbeat of our nation is in crisis.

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#ArtsDayOak Social Media Kit

On Tuesday March 21st, in conjunction with the National Arts Advocacy Day (Americans for the Arts), Oakland artists and advocates are launching a campaign to implore Oakland City Council members and Mayor Schaaf to take a real stand for development without displacement by investing in arts as a cultural preservation strategy, starting with $3 million to increase the Cultural Funding Program (keeping artists creating, working, teaching in Oakland) and to develop a deep community leadership process for the 2017 Citywide Cultural Plan.

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Be media ready for March 21st! #ArtsDaySF



Join an all-day campaign to reach out to your local elected officials through social media to thank them for their continued public investment in arts and culture, to encourage them to increase resources to the arts across SF, and to remind them of the value of cultural and creative expression as core to San Francisco values and identity as a city.

The goal is to have every SF Supervisor hear from #ArtsDaySF advocates in all 11 Districts, from every corner of the city, representing a myriad of arts disciplines and project sizes!

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Ballot Resources (2016)

ABBA is committed to providing non-partisan, well informed, and timely information on policies that impact the arts and cultural ecosystem in the bay area. We've compiled a few resources to share.

ABBA's endorsement of Proposition S (SF)  - explanatory essay "Vote S to Stabilize Artists and Homeless Families" by Rebecca Bowe

SF Candidate Questionnaire by ABBA

Voter's Edge - online tool for CA voter's, see your ballot online and track your choices AND see your options to submit your ballot


Ballot.FYI Solid, non-partisan summary of CA ballot measures 

SF Department of Elections' online voter guide 

San Francisco Public Press - Breaking down the ballot by theme

Alameda County - List of Measures 

Ballotpedia - lists Dept of Elections info along with news coverage

Advocacy & Nonprofits - Info on NP engaging in advocacy vs. lobbying activities

Wondering how the local propositions relate to the arts? Look no further! Here's a list of SF and Oakland props made by Mona Webb and Alex Randall with one-sentence summaries of how they relate (when they do) and what they're about (if they don't, directly).


 - What It's About - 

Relevance To Arts / if no direct relevance, what it's about

San Francisco




School Bonds - 

Provide funding for new school of the arts and arts education center in Civic Center


City College Parcel Tax - 

Keep City College afloat, which services many local artists


Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing - 

Frees up more money for SF to invest in affordable housing developments


Vacancy Appointments - 

Prevents appointed temporary officials from making use of "incumbancy" in an election


Street Trees - 

Will keep SF public trees healthier


Youth Voting - 

Empowers youth artists 16+ to have an official voice in city governing


Police Oversight - 

Creates greater oversight/accountability for police department


Public Advocate - 

Establishes new position within SF government to investigate citizens' issues


Funding for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities - 

Makes more funding available to services for senior and disabled artists


Funding for Homelessness and Transportation - 

Creates steady funding for homelessness as well as improvements to public transportation


General Sales Tax - 

Will provide tax revenue needed for funding homelessness and transportation services


MTA Appointments and Budget - 

Transfers some oversight of MTA board and budget from mayor to supervisors


Housing and Development Commission - 

Would add an extra layer of oversight to housing projects in SF


Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections - 

Empowers non-citizen parents to have a say in school board elections


Office Development in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point - 

Hastens development in Candlestick Point that would likely cause more SF housing troubles


Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects on City-Owned Property - 

Requires multiple bids on affordable housing projects


Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks - 

Attempts to address homelessness in a very 


Neighborhood Crime Unit - 

Adds police presence to neighborhoods without addressing justice issues


Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds - 

Establishes steady and significant funding for the arts


Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists - 

Tightens restrictions on political lobbying


Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Development Projects  -

Raises maximum income to qualify for affordable housing


Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - 

Will (hopefully) promote better dietary habits for all


Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million - 

Brings more money in from real estate deals to fund city services


Preserving Space for Neighborhood Arts, Small Businesses and Community Services in Certain Neighborhoods - 

Helps ensure that art space displacement is followed by art space replacement


BART Safety, Reliability, and Traffic Relief - 

Increases funding for BART repairs








Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond - 

Will provide affordable housing to vulnerable groups like seniors,veterans, low-income families, and people with disabilities.


Teacher Retention and Middle School Improvement Act - 

Attracting and retaining teachers and increasing access to courses in arts, music, and world languages in grades 6, 7, and 8.


Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Distribution Tax Ordinance - 

A tax on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas, and energy drinks.This money would go into the city’s general fund.


City-Owned Real Property Maximum Lease - 

The City Council could lease City-owned land for up to 99 years. Measure II should help increase construction of affordable housing.


Just Cause for Eviction and Rent Adjustment - 

Extend “just cause” eviction protections to housing built before December 31, 1995, require landlords to petition the City’s Rent Board before they raise rents above the standard cost of living.



Oakland Police Commission - 

LL would replace the Citizens’ Police Review Board with an Oakland Police Commission. 


AC Transit Parcel Tax Extension - 

C1 would extend the $96 parcel tax until 2039.AC Transit needs this funding to continue providing reduced fares and transportation options for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities.


BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief - 

RR would allow BART to sell up to $3.5 billion in bonds. By selling bonds, BART would get up to $3.5 billion to spend on 

improving its system.




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