State of the Arts Summit 2023

::  Convene :: Connect :: Learn :: Explore :: Network  ::


Annual State of the Arts Summit


On June 28th, Arts for a Better Bay Area and several partnering organizations hosted an annual art convening focused on rebuilding our arts and culture communities at the A.C.T. The Strand Theater in San Francisco. Artists, administrators, government officials, and representatives from various networks convened to learn from one another to strengthen the arts sector in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

The theme, "Rebuilding Our Communities," explored collective ways the arts community can develop and bridge supportive connections as we emerge from the pandemic. Our goal is to strengthen our networks and build support allowing us to mobilize around critical issues, important policies, and other matters. Our hope is to help create a stronger, more resilient arts community.

This half-day convening and event included plenary statements and key information from regional arts leaders about the local and regional arts sector, break-out sessions and discussions, networking, and more!

Event recordings and event component episodes (posted July 2023-February 2024)

Event and media partners, Voices of the Community, and BAVC Media production teams will be posting edited and fully produced video files to the Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA) and Voices of the Community YouTube Channels so that you can watch and learn from the events' talks and sessions. Please stay tuned for the first video (end of July). 

Each month starting July 2023 (through Dec. 2023), the media teams will produce and publish five unique TV and radio show episodes from the five main components of the event, introductory and keynote presentations, and the four breakout sessions: (1) Introductions/opening & Keynote Presentations (2) Breakout session - Economic Recovery in the Arts, (3) Breakout session - Housing for the Artist Workforce, (4) Breakout session - Regional Economic Recovery Through the Arts, (5) Breakout session - Proposition E Updates and Discussion. Additional interviews with event participants and speakers will be posted as well.

These videos will be linked to this page (below), Arts for a Better Bay Area's YouTube Channel, and the Voices of the Community landing page

State of the Arts 2023 Video components:

Resource Directory

We are working on creating a resource directory so that you can access information and materials related to the four breakout session topics covered at the Summit. We will continue to develop this directory, so make sure to circle back to review!



If you attended the event, we thank you and ask that you take a few minutes to complete our survey. We value your feedback and want to take your thoughts and ideas into consideration as we look toward programming for next year.


Sneak a peek at some of the Summit photos on our Facebook Page here.

Event Schedule (6/28/23):


  4:00-4:30 PM   Gather and mingle with viola from Charith Premawardhana  
  4:30-5:50 PM  

Welcoming, Poems, Keynote Statements & Discussion

Welcome: Honey Mahogany, Founder - Compton's Transgender Cultural District

Poems: Michael Warr and Chun Yu of Two Languages / One Community


  • Maria Jenson, Creative & Executive Director - SOMArts Cultural Center
  • Ralph Remington, Director of Cultural Affairs - San Francisco Arts Commission
  • Jonathan Moscone, Executive Director - California Arts Council
  6:00-6:50 PM   Breakout Sessions Round I (two topic choices)  
  A   Economic Recovery in the Arts: Regaining Patrons and Artistic Engagement  
  B   Housing for the Artist Workforce: Revisiting Artists’ Housing  
  7:00-7:50 PM   Breakout Sessions Round II (two topic choices)  
  A   Regional Economic Recovery Through the Arts  
  B   Proposition E, 2018 & Arts Impact Endowment Update  
  8:00-9:00 PM  

Networking, Activity, and Live Music with Kings Trio

Kings Trio: David Boyce, sax; Fabio Reis, drums; and Ryan Schaffer, guitar




Thank you to the organizations involved in bringing this event to the community: Arts for a Better Bay Area, American Conservatory Theater, ArtSpan, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, Voices of the Community, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), SAFEhouse Arts, many more!

Planning team: Eno Akan-Etuk, Ernesto Sopprani, George Koster, Lyzette Wanzer, Susie McKinnon

Supported by: San Francisco Arts Commission & Zellerbach Family Foundation


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