Contribute to the Online Arts Commons

To Inform, Mobilize, and Sustain a member powered network we encourage you to contribute to the Online Commons. Please review the Commons Guidelines below and complete the Contribution Form.

Questions? Email us at [email protected]


Information shared through the Online Commons must align with ABBA’s Mission, VIsion, and current Committee Priorities. This space is to help share fair and balanced information about timely and pervasive issues/events impacting the cultural vitality of the Bay Area region and our neighborhoods.

Mission: Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA), is a coalition of San Francisco arts practitioners invested in quality of life, creative expression, cultural equity and vibrant neighborhoods.  

ABBA’s vision is to:
> Create a network powered by members who believe that arts and culture play a vital role in this region’s identity and quality of life.
> Cultivate a healthy environment in which arts and culture thrive and are accessible to all.
> Inform and mobilize individuals, organizations and coalitions on policies connected to a rapidly changing region.  

For Up to Date Info & Conversations
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Write an Essay for the Commons

Content Parameters: Essays are rigorously edited, and response time averages 3-5 weeks.
Length: 1,500-2,000 words and 2-3 photos/graphics.
Publishing: Depending on the backlog of content, articles may wait as long as 2-3 months before publication.  

Write a Blog or Curate/Write a Blog Series

Content Parameters: Blog posts are edited for style and information accessibility. Length: 750-1000 words and 1-2 photos/graphics. Publishing: Blogs can usually be published within a month of submission. Series: If you want to propose a blog series, include: One sample post, the total number of posts proposed, along with a content outline, ideal publication timeline (i.e. one per week, one per month, etc.), a title for your series, and a one sentence series description.  

Event/Education Opportunity Sharing

Content Parameters: We send a newsletter out twice a month that highlights ABBA events/policy education and other relevant opportunities to participate in advocacy and policy education. Additionally we post relevant events on our Facebook & Twitter. Length: 10-25 words, including event title, date/time, location, short description, event URL Publishing: We will review all shared events posted to our Facebook Page and consider reposting and/or including them in our other communications. Please post news/event info at least 3-6 weeks before to ensure ample sharing time.

Because space in the newsletter is very limited, events that have substantial arts and artist-specific content are the most likely to be included, as are event submissions that use the following format:

[event title]
[day of week, date, time of event]
[event location]
[description (max 25 words)]
[event url]  

Comments Policy

All comments on the site are moderated. Most comments will be posted if they are on topic and not personal attacks, but moderating decisions is subjective. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers and generally cannot alter a comment once it is posted. Sometimes we will delete an offensive posting, but not always. We have limited tolerance for personal attacks, incoherence, and shouting. Whenever possible we encourage the use of real names.  

Facebook Policy

ABBA values open discussion on issues facing our communities, neighborhoods, and organizations and we invite you to engage in a respectful and collaborative dialogue on these issues. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our Facebook policy, outlined below. We reserve the right to delete posts on our page containing any of the following elements:

- self-promotion and/or promotion of organization-specific or individual events
- profane language that may be offensive to some of our users 
- misinformation
- spam
- off-topic / irrelevant posts
- personal attacks 
- promotion of violence
- promotion of illegal activities or activities inconsistent with the values of ABBA.

We will contact you if something you post is interpreted to be in violation of this policy.  If you repeatedly violate this policy, ABBA will remove you from the page.  

How does ABBA use Twitter?

ABBA uses Twitter to share good news, engage in direct conversation with our diverse communities, and to spread current knowledge and facts about arts, culture, and arts advocacy. We invite you to follow our Tweets at @arts4BayArea.

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