The San Francisco Arts Commission serves as a resource hub for the San Francisco arts education community, providing arts access for youth and families through its strategic partnerships with organizations such as the San Francisco Unified School District, the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area and the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. Arts education opportunities include workshops, grants, online resources and convenings.
The Agency works with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and serves on the Advisory Committee to support the implementation and evaluation of the Arts Education Master Plan. This committee is currently redesigning the refresh of the Plan in alignment with long term funding approved by SF voters in 2014.
We also provide organizational and outreach support to the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (formerly Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco), which is a consortium of Bay Area arts organizations that provides professional development for teaching artists and arts administrators. The Arts Commission organizes an annual arts education resource fair and hosts an online directory, the Arts Education Directory. This online guide provides parents, principals and teachers with contact information for arts and arts education resources.
The Arts Commission hosts a bimonthly Arts Education Policy Roundtable open to the public to discuss a range of topics such as: the arts education field in the Bay Area; funding opportunities for arts providers; issues around assessment and evaluation; advocacy; and developments in the SFUSD and other city agencies that affect arts education. These meetings take place on the first Friday of alternating months from 10-11:30 AM in the Veteran’s Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue. See Important Dates for upcoming meetings.
Additional programs we support include:
- Artists and Communities in Partnership: A grant that funds collaborations between arts organizations and community-based organizations or schools to foster social justice and equity, centering artists as leaders for social change. Funding priorities are to artists and organizations rooted in historically underserved communities.
- Where Art Lives: A special project grant that brings experienced artists to students from 4th grade to high school classrooms and afterschool programs to teach art skills and discuss the difference between public art and illegal vandalism (spoiler alert: the answer is permission). The grant is a partnership with and funded by Public Works. Learn more.
- WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence: A grant that supports experienced literary teaching artists to partner with schools or community-based organizations to offer long-term in-depth writing residencies to underserved San Francisco youth from third grade to 24 years. This grant is funded with support from the San Francisco Public Library and the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families.
- Every Day, Every Way: Arts-Focused Youth Programming: An annual mini-conference that brings together educators and artists to learn and share best practices for creating art with youth in afterschool settings.