MISSION & VISION
SOMArts cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation.
SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.
SOMArts is beloved in San Francisco as a cross-cultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms in a way that is open, engaging and inspiring. It is an incubator for ideas that lie outside the mainstream of contemporary art funding and consumption.
About SOMArts' Programs
SOMArts’ annual artistic programs include 3-5 exhibitions curated by SOMArts staff, 3 curatorial residencies in the Main Gallery, 12-18 exhibitions by solo artists and groups in the Ramp Gallery, free youth programming developed in collaboration with SFAI City Studio, an annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition and performance series, a monthly free professional development series for artists co-presented with ArtSpan, the monthly queer performance series The News, and two to three exhibition-related performances and workshops each month.
Within these programs, SOMArts serves an audience of over 33,000 people on-site each year and provides tours and workshops to students from over 20 Bay Area schools, utilizing over 1,400 volunteer hours.
In addition to productions and presentations, SOMArts provides extensive support services to Bay Area arts and culture nonprofits. The Affordable Space Program provides below-market rental space and production assistance to over 100 nonprofits annually, hosting their exhibitions, performances, and events and providing technical production services such as livestreaming video to public-access television. SOMArts fiscally sponsors 10-15 emerging organizations and artist projects annually.
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