CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Our Story

Why We Exist

Art and culture play a central role in San Francisco’s cultural identity, history, and economy. However, artists are being rapidly displaced out of the City due to spiked demand and prices for real estate.

According to a May 2017 Forbes article, Bay Area markets have endured substantial increases in rent during the last six years; often producing double-digit rent growth that is not sustainable over the long-term. With rent increases averaging 30 percent, keeping space for arts and culture organizations have become a significant challenge.

To mitigate this issue, CAST creates innovative financial vehicles to secure permanent space in urban city centers for community arts and culture organizations. This enables arts entities to sustain the creativity and capacity necessary to promote lively and stable neighborhoods.



To create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations to facilitate equitable urban transformation.




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Theory of Change

CAST employs a 5-step model to address the critical real estate needs of art-anchored institutions.




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