The San Francisco Arts Reopening Fund is a program of a consortium of seven San Francisco Cultural Centers designated by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Each Center is a cornerstone of the arts in the communities they serve. Together, the Cultural Centers act as a new community arts intermediary in San Francisco.
San Francisco Arts Reopening Fund
About the San Francisco Cultural Centers
African American Arts & Culture Complex
Located in the historic Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood, the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) is one of the premier Black arts and cultural institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is dedicated to providing a wide variety of art and cultural programming for youth, adults, and families, including visual, digital, and performance. AAACC provides resident art companies with subsidized offices, administrative services, and access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space.
American Indian Cultural Center
The American Indian Cultural Center strives to maintain, preserve and restore a permanent and prominent presence for the Bay Area American Indian inter-tribal community that continues to exist. Its vision is to create and provide a dynamic place of learning, culture, and community to the citizens of the Bay Area to learn about American Indian heritage and culture and to enhance a sense of understanding about American Indians in the urban environment.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s mission is to support and present multidisciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. Since 1998, the center has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of San Francisco’s API arts community by organizing and presenting the annual United States of Asian America Festival as well as commissioning contemporary art for and by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House, colloquially known as the Opera House, was founded in 1989 to run programs in our namesake historic building, now officially named the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre. The building is San Francisco’s Landmark #8 and it was inducted into the National Register of Historic Buildings in 2011. The Opera House provides opportunities to engage in the arts for a community with a long history of disinvestment, creates a sense of belonging and community ownership of the only significant cultural resource in the neighborhood, maintains inclusiveness of the traditional population despite sweeping gentrification, and provides opportunities for education and employment to community youth and artists. The Opera House strives to nurture, educate and inspire the next generation of artists of color. The Opera House grows new informed audiences from the community and the greater Bay Area, and creates spaces for artists to experiment, collaborate and learn from one another.
Mission Cultural Center for the Arts
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people, and to make arts accessible as an essential element to community development and well-being. The organization’s main objectives are to present the best representative sample of contemporary and ancient artistic traditions of Latin America and to develop in the community a high degree of sensitivity and understanding of Latin American culture.
SOMArts Cultural Center
SOMArts leverages the power of art as a tool for social change through multi-disciplinary events and exhibitions. Equipping artists with the space, mentorship, and support they need to shift perspectives and innovate solutions, SOMArts fosters access to arts and culture for collective liberation and self-determination. By partnering with diverse artists and curators, SOMArts is able to produce multi-disciplinary events and exhibitions that are truly embedded in the communities they serve.
Queer Cultural Center
The Queer Cultural Center (QCC) promotes social justice and the artistic and financial development of queer art and culture. They believe that community building is key to social change and that we can envision this change through the arts. With a focus on the Bay Area’s BIPOC queer and trans arts community, QCC seeks to achieve national visibility and recognition by employing the arts to advance cultural equity and social justice. QCC’s programs include grants for LGBTQ+ individual artists and organizations, free workshops to support the development of successful artistic practices, lectures and panels in partnership with regional universities and colleges, and sponsorship of numerous arts events throughout the Bay Area.