Rec & Parks Approves $3 Million To Transform Geneva Car Barn
Today, the SF Recreation and Parks Commission approved $3 million in funding from a 2012 parks bond to fund design and construction on the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse.
The unanimous vote brings total funding to $11 million for the project to transform the vacant building into an arts and events space.
The Car Barn opened in 1901 for use by San Francisco’s first electric railway system. Since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which damaged the property, the Car Barn—comprised of two buildings, the 3,000-sq.-ft. Powerhouse and the two-story, 13,000-sq.-ft. Office Building—has been vacant.
The Powerhouse was used to generate electrical power for the trains, while the Office Building was for administrative workers.
Ever since it was damaged, residents and history buffs have fought to secure funding to transform the buildings into community meeting and arts spaces for District 11 residents.
Former District 11 supervisor John Avalos secured $3.2 million in general funds for the renovation while current District 11 supervisor Ahsha Safai secured a $3.5 million pledge from the Historic Preservation and New Market Tax Credit Funds and $1 million from the Community Arts Stabilization Trust.
With the renovation funds, Rec and Parks will begin finalizing a conceptual design package approved by the commission in 2014 before putting the Powerhouse segment of the project out for bid for construction. The Office Building will not be updated with the current funding.
“We look forward to design and build a creative space that will become a community hub for healthy recreations for generations to come,” said Rec and Parks general manager Phil Ginsburg.
The Car Barn’s location next to the Balboa Park BART Station transit hub and the building’s historic nature have attracted fans who have spent years imagining the possibilities of the vacant building and advocating for funding.
A hub of streetcar operation throughout the twentieth century, the Geneva Car Barn was designated as a San Francisco landmark in 1985, four years before it was damaged in the earthquake.
Neighbors rallied against a plan to demolish the building 1998, convincing Mayor Willie Brown to save the building. In 2004, SFMTA sold the buildings to Rec and Park for $1 with plans to transform the space into a arts and events space.
“The Geneva Powerhouse renovation will restore this historic landmark and create one of the premiere performing arts and cultural centers in San Francisco, right here in District 11,” said District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai, noting that the district is home to the largest number of children under the age of 18 living in San Francisco.
In three other agenda items related to the Car Barn at today’s meeting, the commissioners approved an increase in funding for a designer working on the project and allowed Rec and Park to begin negotiations with the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and Performing Arts Workshop, two groups that will lease, manage and provide arts programming at the Powerhouse.
California Arts Council Awards $15 Million to Record Number of Organizations
More than 1,000 grantees across the state receive support for wide-ranging arts and culture projects
Grants totaling $15,032,837 have been awarded to various nonprofit organizations statewide this year, the California Arts Council announced today. A total of 1,076 grantees will receive state grant funding for their work spanning the Arts Council’s 15 unique program categories, benefiting California’s students, veterans, arts educators, at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, underserved populations, and communities at large.
Both the award amounts and number of recipients show marked growth over the previous year. As the result of a one-time $6.8 million state arts funding increase, the Arts Council nearly doubled its financial impact for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Investments in core grant programs and recent pilot programs increased by an average of 20 percent. Arts education grants were expanded to support field trips and after school and summer projects. The added funds were also used to develop three new pilot grant programs, aimed at serving formerly incarcerated individuals and supporting arts-focused public media and arts research.
“Our Council has been honored to lead this year’s state arts grants process, investing so much and reaching so many Californians through the arts and creative expression,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “These funds can be life-changing for our grantees, who often point to Arts Council support as a pivotal moment in their future success. To witness that exponential return on our state’s investment, the ripple effect in our communities’ health and vitality, is the greatest reward. The state’s growing commitment to the arts and creativity is a clear signifier of who we are and what we value. California and the arts are indivisible.”
The California Arts Council’s grant programs are administered through a multistep, public process. Following an open call for applications, all submissions are adjudicated by peer review panels made up of experts from the arts field. Based on panel recommendations and available funds, the Council voted on grant awards at public meetings in San Diego on May 9 and Sebastopol on June 7, 2017.
The need in California communities for more arts resources and activities runs deep, and the Arts Council’s programs inspired a tremendous level of public demand this year. Grant programs will serve a groundbreaking 51 percent more grantees than the previous year. The competition for state arts grants is substantial, with one-third of 2016-17 grant applicants unfunded.
Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to visit the California Arts Council’s website to learn about future grant opportunities as details become available.
Notification of grant program guidelines, applications, and technical assistance opportunities will be also published in the California Arts Council’s weekly e-newsletter, ArtBeat. Subscribe at http://arts.ca.gov/news/artbeat.php.
In Intersection‘s upcoming Financial Empowerment Bootcamp, we’ll work with you to transform financial concepts from abstract lists of numbers into hidden stories that underpin your organization’s or your individual artistic practice’s values, goals, successes, challenges, and aspirations. Working with the idea that your numbers are a powerful narrative tool for supporting your mission, we will…
Walk you through a review of fundamental financial concepts
Identify where your project is and what it needs for financial sustainability
Learn how to tell stories about your mission based on real, hard numbers
Work with you to set goals for your project and budget towards those goals
Share ways to transform your financial anxiety into financial empowerment
As part of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in partnership with La Piana consulting, invites San Francisco-based nonprofit executives and board members to a half-day discussion about the principles and practices of strategic restructuring, including nonprofit mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships.
Monday, May 15, 2017 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
450 Florida St
San Francisco 94110
On the Agenda: Insights, Options, Firsthand Experiences & Technical Assistance Grants
The program will open with remarks from Bob Harrington, Managing Partner at La Piana Consulting, who will discuss mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships, and review the pitfalls that can prevent nonprofits from moving forward toward success. Bob’s remarks will be followed by a panel of local nonprofit leaders sharing their experiences with mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships, including:
May 15, 2017
Joelle Gomez, former CEO of Women’s Center – Youth and Family Services
Dori Rose Inda, CEO of Salud Para La Gente / Watsonville Law Center
March 16, 2017
Brett Andrews, CEO of Positive Resource Center / Baker Places / AIDS Emergency Fund
Sharon Miller, CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Participants will come away with a solid understanding of the principles and practices of strategic alliances, including how to begin, when they are appropriate, and the keys to success. In addition, registered attendees will be eligible to apply for one of a limited number of assessments using La Piana’s Strategic Restructuring Assessment Tool, and a few will receive technical assistance grants for in-depth exploration. Details about these opportunities will be shared at the sessions.
Nonprofit executive directors or CEOs are highly encouraged to attend with their board chair or another board representative. As space is limited, Board/CEO pairs will be given priority for admission.
San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits. The Nonprofit Impact Accelerator and technical assistance for strategic restructuring efforts are administered by La Piana Consulting. Real estate assistance including grants and supportive services are provided by the Northern California Community Loan Fund.
The Initiative is led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and key partners.
With increasing and diverse demands for government services, San Francisco is home to 6,952 nonprofits that often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and the needs of its residents. In 2015-16, the city’s financial investment in nonprofits increased by more than $48 million (8%), the largest increase in more than 10 years.
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. We have launched a new website with more user-friendly loan applications in order to support organizations like yours.
Last year the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) embarked on a journey to better serve the needs of the arts community. For more than 30 years, the ALF has provided short-term financial assistance to nonprofit arts organizations who face periodic cash-flow gaps.
We learned that despite thirty years of loans and continuing cash-flow struggles for arts organizations, the ALF is not widely known in the arts community, and its website and applications needed a major face-lift.
In response, the ALF launched a new website, switched to a user-friendly application platform, created three new loan products, and opened two social media spaces. Follow us on Twitter and we will follow you right back. Like us on Facebook for new resources and funding opportunities!
The new website and loan products were designed and created to be accessible resources to support organizations like yours, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Let us know how it’s working for you!
The next application deadline is April 24, 2017. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about the application process.
An Important Message from the California Arts Council:
Today, President Trump submitted his administration’s first budget request to Congress. The proposal calls for an elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2018.
With this news about the proposed elimination of the NEA, the California Arts Council has published a webpage to serve as a resource for the field, the public, and other stakeholders wishing to learn more about the situation and how they can become involved in local and national advocacy efforts. This page will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available.
Keep in mind, the proposed White House Budget is the first — not the final — step in the FY 2018 appropriations process. The President’s request outlines his administration’s policy priorities. However, Congress holds the constitutional authority to appropriate funds to federal agencies. You can use your voice to tell Congress that the elimination of or radical reductions to the NEA are unacceptable to taxpayers.
As a supporter of the arts, you know that the impact of the NEA is essential, and wide-reaching. Each $1 in NEA grant funds leverages another $9 from other public and private sources. The NEA’s grants and programs are powerful examples of how the arts are a vital part of our everyday lives. This power can be seen in communities across the nation, and California is no exception. Yet, the NEA’s $148 million budget represents just 0.004% of the federal budget, less than 1/2 of one hundredth of one percent.
It is important to be reminded at this time that the arts have benefited from bipartisan support for many decades. This is true in California and nationally. In fact, under our last Republican president, appropriations to the NEA increased by $40 million, while the Republican Party controlled both chambers of Congress for four of those eight years. Leaders from all political parties can be engaged in supporting our country’s investment in culture and the arts.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
In solidarity with National Arts Advocacy Day, we’re headed to San Francisco City Hall!
Join a contingency of artists, arts administrators, cultural producers, and art + culture ambassadors as we share with Supervisors and staff our (1) policy priorities, (2) a message of “No Cuts,” and (3) personal and collective stories about the transformative nature of cultural and creative expression to make San Francisco a better place to live for everyone.
The event will consist of an Arts Advocacy rally on the steps of City Hall with artists/culture bearers from the community, followed by constituent meetings with the Supervisors.
WHERE: Meet at SF City Hall steps in front on Polk Street between Grove St. and McAllister St.
On March 21st, Americans for the Arts will bring together 85 national arts organizations & over 500 grassroots arts advocates to visit their Congressmembers in D.C. to develop strong public policies investing in the creative cultural life of our cities, focusing on saving support for the National Endowment for the Arts this year.
Interested and able to support the national fight also? Join statewide arts leaders headed to DC to advocate on Capitol Hill for saving the NEA. SIGN UP HERE.
Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy Goes Online to Stem Displacement
Jen Lewin Studio’s The Pool at Lafayette Square, New Orleans. Photo credit: Marcus Alfred.
Displacement threats to arts and cultural organizations are an increasingly urgent problem in cities and communities across the country. Fellow funders, city governments and nonprofits are searching for solutions to help protect our most valued arts and cultural assets.
The journey for this solution began five years ago when it was clear the Bay Area was poised for another displacement crisis due to escalating rents. Fearing the loss of our vital organizations, the RaininFoundation brought together community leaders, including our most progressive thinkers on creative finance and nonprofits to challenge the status quo. And we succeeded.
At the center of the model is a real estate holding company like the San Francisco-based Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) that works with multiple partners to purchase real estate on behalf of arts organizations. This bold solution came just in time for two of our grantees that were facing displacement due to building sales.
Today, both of these arts organizations have secured below-market leases with an option to purchase their buildings and own permanent homes in San Francisco.
With momentum for this model building in the Bay Area, I’m excited about the potential for this replicable strategy to find similar success elsewhere.
The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. The initiative includes two new programs — the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a changing, and volatile, real estate market.
NCCLF is partnering with San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Arts Commission.
Nonprofit Space Investment Fund
Grant awards for organizations seeking to purchase their facility.
Organizations must have an executed Letter of Intent (LOI) or a Purchase Agreement to apply.
Financial assistance available to offset rent expenses, moving expenses, and tenant improvements. Grant awards only available to organizations with executed LOIs/Lease Agreements since January 1, 2016.
CAST announces the availability of technical and financial assistance for Oakland arts and culture organizations that are facing immediate space challenges. Keeping Space – Oakland is a one-time pilot program comprised of real estate readiness training, one-on-one technical assistance, and direct financial assistance in the form of grants. The program aims to build the capacity of the arts and culture sector to be “real estate ready” and to secure affordable, long-term, safe spaces for arts and culture organizations in Oakland.
Prior to applying, please read the program eligibility guidelines listed below