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 (AEMP). This committee is currently redesigning the refresh of the AEMPin alignment with long term funding approved by SF voters in 2014.
The Arts Commission also 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.
We also provide organizational and outreach support to the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA), 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. For more information on upcoming meetings, please visit the AEABA website.
The Arts Commission co-organizes an annual arts education resource fair with AEABA, SFUSD, and the Asian Art Museum. The Arts Commission also co-hosts a bimonthly Arts Education Policy Roundtable with AEABA which is 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. See Important Dates for upcoming meetings.
Additional programs we support include:
- WritersCorps: The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.
- 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.
- 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.