REBOUND 12/17 - Re-imagine San Francisco Through the Arts Recap & Resources

On 12/17/20, Arts for a Better Bay Area and SAFEHouse Arts initiated the 2nd Rebound: ARTS, Equity & Recover series, Re-Imagine San Francisco Through the Arts. The event was realized through a significant collaboration between several arts organizations, cultural centers, cultural districts, and leaders. Click 'continue reading' for a recap, materials, and to share your thoughts on the event and topic!

The event hosted approximately 240 attendees. And over 30 speakers, facilitators, amplifiers, moderators, and supporters created the overall program —heartfelt THANKS to all that helped and joined this event. We want to call out and amplify thanks to the Racial Equity Arts Working Group (REAWG) for their contributions to the production.

As we got through an hour and a half of the event's allotted time, we realized we might need to create more space to share information about San Francisco's Economic Task Force Recovery (ERTF) recommendations (for the arts). And possibly expand the platform for connecting and how to support recommendations related to the health of the arts sector.

We want to learn more from you! Please take this brief survey (3-10 mins.) to share your thoughts on the ERTF, its topics, and your interest in a possible 2nd round - Re-Imagine San Francisco Through the Arts and ERTF Topic Survey

Thanks again to all for an engaging event. We are learning as we go and in making space for these online forums, how important it is to connect and support one another. We look forward to the next Rebound gathering with you - stay tuned!


Zoom recordings


Zoom chat transcripts

San Francisco Economic Task Force Recovery recommendations full report in multiple languages

San Francisco Economic Task Force Recovery recommendations arts-related recommendation areas (we culled the art-related topics specifically to support the creation of the online event)

Re-Imagine San Francisco Through the Arts and ERTF Topic Survey

Full event info:

Re-imagine San Francisco Through the Arts


Your voices were heard. The arts and culture community is represented throughout the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) recommendations. But, the work is not done!

Join us to learn what recommendations came out of the City's ERTF, and how we can use the arts to move forward together.

Earlier this year, the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force began developing recommendations that outline how San Francisco’s economy can rebound from the effects of the pandemic. Recently released, these guidelines include efforts that involve and support the arts sector.

This forum will bring together many San Francisco arts networks, organizations, artists, cultural centers, and districts to discuss how we can advance how the arts can play an important role in City recovery and ensure arts and culture thrive.

The event will be kicked-off by Mayor London Breed, includes updates, and break-out working groups.

Confirmed speakers, featuring:

  • Mayor London Breed, City of San Francisco
  • Joaquin Torres, Director, Office of Economic & Workforce Development

And, breakout speakers and facilitators:

  • Mount Allen, Director of Operations, SF Jazz
  • Brad Erickson, Exec. Director, Theatre Bay Area
  • Emily Garvie, Program Officer, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
  • Sharky Laguana, City of San Francisco, Small Business Commissioner/Business Owner
  • Joanne Lee, Deputy Director of Programs, San Francisco Arts Commission
  • Joen Madonna, Exec. Director, ArtSpan
  • Vinay Patel, Exec. Director, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
  • Raquel Redondiez, Director, SOMA Pilipinas
  • Susanna Rojas, Director, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
  • Beth Rubenstein, Deputy Director of Policy and Communications at San Francisco Public Works
  • Ericka Scott, Co-Director, African American Arts & Cultural District
  • Sharaya Souza, Exec. Director, American Indian Cultural District
  • Debra Walker, Artist & San Francisco Arts Commissioner

Thanks to the following organizations and leaders for their contribution and help in building this event:

African American Arts & Cultural District, American Conservatory Theater, American Indian Cultural District, Artspan, Arts for a Better Bay Area, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Community Music Center, Mayor London Breed, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Racial Equity Arts Working Group, SAFEHouse Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Opera, SF Jazz, SOMA Pilipinas, Theatre Bay Area, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, more!

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