The FY2018-2020 panelist pool will be approved by the Commission in January 2019. Selected panelists from the approved panel pool will be confirmed by staff to serve on specific grant panels. Approved panelists may be called upon to serve on one of our grant panels in 2019 or 2020.
Our peer review panel process was designed to ensure transparency of our grant making and to reflect our agency values of cultural equity—empowering communities historically underserved in the arts and in San Francisco. Panelists will review grant applications, meet in a publicly-accessible setting to discuss, score, and, ultimately, make funding recommendations to the commission.
Who are we looking for?
The Arts Commission seeks panelists based in the Bay Area who are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, arts education, cultural equity, promising practices of nonprofits, cultural facility and capital needs, and issues in historically underserved communities. We look for panelists who are artists, engaged in the arts as a profession, or strongly rooted in fields related to cultural equity. Younger professionals with relevant experiences are encouraged to submit their names.
Have you been a panelist before and want to serve again? Former panelists who have not served in two or more years should consider reapplying.
Staff does due diligence to ensure that the make-up of our panels is equitably representative of both San Francisco’s demographics, and the specific applicant pool at hand in terms of racial/ethnic representation, gender representation, LGBTQ representation, special needs representation, as well as equitable representation of artistic disciplines and organizational expertise.
HOW TO RESPOND?
If you are interested in sitting on a grant review panel, please sign up for the SFAC Newsletter to stay informed on the next open call for panelists.
Upon receiving your relevant information, you will be added to our pool of potential panelists for FY19. Staff will evaluate how and when your potential contribution may be useful in the panel review process. Staff will only contact you if you have been selected for panel service. Please do not contact staff with further inquiries.