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OAKLAND — Oakland nonprofits fearing displacement because of rising rents have a working group of other nonprofits, funding organizations and city and county leaders in their corner.
The group’s formation coincided with the publishing of survey results showing that half of the Oakland nonprofits that responded anticipated having to make a decision about relocation in the next five years.
Of the 115 Oakland nonprofits that primarily serve low-income communities of color that responded to the survey by Northern California Grantmakers, 87 percent said the current real estate market affects their organization. Fourteen Oakland nonprofits expected having to leave the city.
“That report really highlighted what the scope of the problem was,” said Sarah Frankfurth, manager of collaborative philanthropy for Northern California Grantmakers. “It painted a much starker picture than what people had anticipated.”
The group — which consists of about 30 representatives — identifies and helps foster affordable office spaces for nonprofits, helps nonprofits navigate leasing affordable spaces, and provides and identifies funding for nonprofits facing displacement. Some nonprofits are trying to purchase buildings, others are banding together in multi-tenant centers, Frankfurth said.
“There’s not one solution; it’s a complicated issue that’s going to take a lot of different strategies to have an impact,” Frankfurth said.
The group has long-term goals of supporting city and county policies that will secure affordable space for nonprofits.
“We need to be able to create policy changes that are either removing barriers for nonprofits requiring space or creating space,” Frankfurth said. “That might be in the form of some kind of community benefit agreement.”
The group will be launching an online resource center for nonprofits in early 2018.
Another effort to help nonprofits avoid displacement is the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, or CAST, supported by Oakland’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. CAST purchases properties occupied by Bay Area art nonprofits and holds them until the tenant can raise the money to purchase it back from the trust at cost.
The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco benefited from the trust when its landlords wanted to sell the building at Sixth and Market streets in the Tenderloin, said Shelley Trott, Kenneth Rainin Foundation arts strategy and ventures director. CAST purchased the space and another nearby for about $2.5 million, Trott said, and the gallery is working to purchase the building back in 2021 — for what CAST paid for it in 2013.
“The culture of a city is its soul,” Trott said. “The arts touch all of us, and bring us together and create that common ground. We see ourselves in art but we see everyone else.”
CAST has a program called Keeping Space Oakland, which provides mid-sized Oakland arts nonprofits technical and financial assistance to become “real estate ready,” Trott said. This year, CAST provided $90,000 in real estate training and consultation services to six organizations.
The Ubuntu Theater Project, which puts on theater festivals and plays throughout the Bay Area, received aid from Keeping Space Oakland. Ubuntu managing director Michael Moran said the program helped the group to identify potential permanent spaces, as well as gave it some money to turn a church loft space into a theater.
“(The program) has been pretty instrumental,” Moran said. “There is a sort of doggedness about trying to make an arts organization work. The truth is, we probably couldn’t do it without them and without community support in general.”
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced Tuesday that CAST received a $3 million, three-year grant. Though the money will be used throughout the Bay Area, Trott said, Oakland nonprofits will get priority. CAST organizers hope to acquire 100,000 square feet of space for arts groups by the end of 2018.
We’re less than two weeks away from the start of California Arts Council’s grant season—our grant opening, if you will—and you’re all invited!
On December 5, eight of our grant programs will open for applications — with seven more to follow by the end of the month. Details and links to program offerings opening December 5 are below.
State arts funding saw a significant permanent increase this year. Greater investment equals greater opportunity to meet the demand for arts and cultural experiences across California. This grant season stands a good chance of beating the number of grants awarded for the 2016-17 fiscal year—already more than we’ve awarded in more than a decade!
The California Arts Council invests in California nonprofit organizations and units of government via competitive grant programs, administered through a multistep public process. Program details including availability, application deadlines, guidelines, and more can be found at http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs.
Mark your calendars! The countdown begins…
Does your organization want to make a difference through culture and creative expression? The California Arts Council can help — it’s grant season!
To kick off the grant season in style, we’ll be hosting an informational webinar on opening day, Tuesday, December 5, at 1 p.m. Program staff will provide an overview of the grant application process and highlight some changes and new additions to our grant offerings. Join us for tips for grant writing success and answers to your questions. Register now!
Discover all of the CAC’s grant opportunities at www.arts.ca.gov/programs. The following grant programs will begin accepting applications on 12/5/2017.
ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.
ARTS EDUCATION – ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 for collaborative arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place on school sites during the school day.
ARTS EDUCATION – EXTENSION: Up to $18,000 for arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place after school or during the summer, either on school sites or in community settings.
ARTS EDUCATION – EXPOSURE: Up to $18,000 for field trip and assembly support to expose students from infancy through Grade 12 to performances and exhibits.
ARTS EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: $2,500 to support arts integration training for classroom teachers facilitated by teaching artists.
CULTURAL PATHWAYS: Up to $20,000 over two years to strengthen the capacity of small organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.
JUMP STARTS: Up to $50,000 for collaborative arts education projects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $1,000 for access to professional development resources and networks to strengthen the business acumen of individuals employed by arts organizations.
Community Alliance Awards
AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture, design, and sustainability in the Bay Area. The introduction of Community Alliance Awards expands the program to honor the individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership and dedication shape the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment.
In recognition of their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through their commitment to design excellence, AIASF strives to acknowledge these extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession. Their continued efforts to engage, educate, collaborate, and advocate elevates the value of design and its impact on the experiences of our daily lives.
Chapter Service Award
Emerging Professional Award
Firm Achievement Award
Local Government Award
Social Impact Award
2017 Awards Breakfast and Ceremony
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
AIASF is celebrating the mission driven accomplishments of our award recipients and the nonprofit community to make San Francisco a beautiful, affordable, and resilient city for everyone! On December 1, AIASF is partnering with the California College of the Arts’ Center for Art and Public Life, an educational institution focused on changing the world through community engagement, to host the Community Alliance Awards Breakfast. Together, with the support and participation of all citizens, we are working to strengthen the future of our built environment!
Click here for information on Sponsorship and Benefits.
“Artists and arts organizations are changing the use of public space, knitting social fabric across difference, contributing to community resiliency, and improving the economies of cities across America. This work is concrete and measurable — and, increasingly, mayors, investors and philanthropists are partners to these efforts.”
This was true three years ago, when I wrote the foreword to volume 10, issue 2 of the Community Development Investment Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which focused on the role art and creativity play in local communities. It is even more true today.
Look at the housing, community facilities, and small businesses that community development finance institutions are investing in coast to coast, and it’s clear that creative places and creative businesses are a fundamental part of healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities. In Trinidad, Colorado, nonprofit real estate developer Artspace is transforming an entire block on Main Street into artist live/work housing, a gallery, and flexible community space. On Chicago’s South Side, the landmark Avalon Regal Theater will reopen this year, anchoring an innovation district with music studios and rehearsal facilities, retail, housing, an innovation/technology incubator, a film studio, and the new Museum of Black Music. In Maine, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. is invested in American Roots and other specialty textile companies, activating historic mills and creating quality jobs connected to fashion and craft.
When the country’s top community development organizations look at how they have been investing their money, they realize a meaningful amount has gone to creative places and businesses. From 2004 to 2013, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the US Treasury deployed $460 million through the New Markets Tax Credit Program into creative places and businesses. Over the past 30 years, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has invested $138 million in grants, loans, or project equity in 98 projects (with a total cost of almost $1 billion) across the US. Community development organizations invest in these deals because they make financial sense and because they create social impact for communities.
Research and experience have shown how the presence of creatives — artists, designers, makers — can stabilize threatened communities as well as benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. In April, my organization, Upstart Co-Lab, and Calvert Foundation released a report, Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities, describing investable opportunities in the creative economy with the potential to benefit low-income communities over the next five years. We identified a $1.54 billion pipeline of projects, which are representative of the potential of creative places and businesses. Here are some examples:
We are also seeing new approaches emerge that connect artists and communities funded by a combination of public and private capital. Our research has shown that inspiring creative places and businesses are actively pursuing operating models designed to be replicated in new communities.
Creative people gravitate toward solving problems. That’s why artists and designers are founders of leading internet companies: from AirBnB and Crowdrise, to Kickstarter and Etsy. They are transforming where we stay, how we give, and how we create. But most artists work in place. They are our neighbors. And they are the neighbors you hope move in next to you.
In St. Louis, De Nichols has started Civic Creatives to help citizens more creatively engage and address social topics that matter to them. Projects focus on public space, food and equity, conflict resolution, and youth. Nichols’ work uses storytelling, creativity, and technology to build connection and communication: “The more we build a community around being good to ourselves and reflecting on what’s happening in our lives and traversing through these issues, more people will find unity and commonality.”
All of the people and organizations I mention here have been touched over the last 50 years by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), whether by participating in arts education school programs; visiting museums, theaters, and concert halls; or reading books published by adventuresome small presses. The grants made through the NEA directly fund dance companies, jazz performances, art exhibitions and film festivals. But the most important investment our federal arts agency makes is in our capacity as a society to innovate, to solve problems, and to be resilient. And nowhere is that more evident than in our communities.
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced $3 millionin additional funding for the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), a game-changing organization that protects San Francisco Bay Area arts and cultural organizations from displacement. This three-year grant will help CAST realize an ambitious goal to acquire 100,000 square feet of space for arts groups by the end of 2018. With this funding, CAST will expand and prioritize its work in Oakland to create permanently affordable spaces for arts organizations. The funding will also help CAST continue its work in San Francisco.
“CAST is a proven model to address affordability—one of the biggest issues facing the Bay Area. In the most expensive US real estate market, CAST has created a solution adaptable to cities to ensure that the arts remain part of our community fabric. This innovative idea addresses financial equity issues by profoundly changing the dynamics,” said Jennifer Rainin, PhD, Rainin Foundation CEO. “We are continuing to invest in CAST, and invite other funders to join us, to help scale this bold solution that preserves our valued artists and cultural organizations.”
CAST is a first of its kind real estate holding company that serves the cultural sector. Launched in 2013 with a seed grant from the Rainin Foundation, this nonprofit’s earliest undertaking was securing permanent, affordable spaces for two San Francisco arts organizations with deep roots—The Luggage Store Gallery and CounterPulse. CAST’s collaborative approach has been essential to their continued growth and success. By working closely with real estate developers, city government, local arts commissions and other stakeholders, CAST helps arts nonprofits survive in a challenging real estate marketplace. Solutions include acquiring properties for lease/buy back by arts organizations, master leasing to sustain affordable rents, and building the capacity of nonprofits to help them gain a permanent asset without jeopardizing their core operations.
“In the midst of escalating real estate prices, CAST has forged key partnerships and raised the necessary capital to help stabilize spaces for Bay Area arts and cultural organizations,” said Moy Eng, CAST Executive Director. “Through training, funding, and ultimately permanent real estate solutions, we are ensuring that artists and arts organizations who are facing space challenges remain a vital part of our communities.”
With the initial $5 million grant from the Rainin Foundation in 2013, CAST took immediate and bold steps to provide real estate security for vital community arts organizations at risk. In 2016, the Rainin Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded CAST an additional $1.3 million. CAST used this funding to start a capital fund to initiate an arts real estate acquisition program in Oakland and launch Keeping Space—Oakland, a pilot program that provides technical and financial assistance to arts groups.
“Our artists and cultural organizations are increasingly vulnerable to displacement due to Oakland’s rising real estate costs. As Oakland grows and changes, one of my key priorities is to keep Oakland’s creative voices as a significant and vital presence in our city,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “The partnership with CAST will help us provide long-term, affordable and safe spaces for Oakland’s arts organizations.”
About the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a family foundation that collaborates with creative thinkers in the Arts, Education and Health. At the Rainin Foundation, we believe in taking smart risks to achieve breakthroughs. We support visionary artists in the Bay Area, create opportunities for Oakland’s youngest learners, and fund researchers on the forefront of scientific discoveries. Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded over $30 million in funding to support artists and small to mid-size arts organizations in the Bay Area that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression. More information on the Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy can be found at: krfoundation.org/artsrealestate.
SOURCE The Kenneth Rainin Foundation
The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) recognizes the amazing power of the arts to inspire and bring us together. EBCF has been a longtime supporter of the arts and we partner with our generous donors to support the arts across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
East Bay Fund for Artists
Since its creation in 2003, the East Bay Fund for Artists has partnered with more than 9,500 community donors and more than 200 organizations to commission new works by almost 300 local artists. The East Bay Fund for Artists has leveraged almost $2.5 million in new financial support for the arts in the East Bay.
The Fund was originally supported by “Leveraging Investments in Creativity,” a nationwide initiative of the Ford Foundation with grants from the James Irvine Foundation and from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
“What is both unusual and especially valuable about the East Bay Fund for Artists,” said Sam Miller, former President of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, “is the way the East Bay Community Foundation is using it to build support for new art among individual citizens at the local level through its matching grants.”
For information on current and future works, or to learn how you might become involved with the East Bay Fund for Artists, contact us via email email@example.com or call (510) 836-3223.
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Next Deadline: February 1, 2018
EBCF will be distributing grants of $500-$8,000 to match donor contributions on a 1-to-1 basis for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Organizations and Artists wishing to apply should follow the eligibility guidelines listed below. EBCF’s overall goals for this work:
Check out these FAQ’s about the application process: EBFA Frequently Asked Questions
If you have other questions, please email EBFA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Foundation at (510) 836-3223.
* Funds for the EBFA have been generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation and our generous individual donors.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and NCCLF, with key partners, announced $2.7 million in grant awards to 13 neighborhood-serving nonprofit facilities. The awards, part of the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, provide key funding to nonprofit projects that will create 26,000 square feet of new, permanent nonprofit space and 36,000 square feet of leased space for childcare, employment training, legal services, arts classes, counseling and leadership development in low-income and historically under-resourced communities citywide.
Built in 1906, tower erected in 1923, the 89,251 sq.-ft. building was the tallest building in Oakland constructed in the 1920s.
Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and culture organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, and permanent real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.
CAST launched the program in December 2016 with funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is one strategy of many proposed by the Oakland Arts Workspace Group, a public-private partnership that includes the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CAST, Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the City of Oakland. The group is focused on creating workspace stability to foster, support, and sustain the arts and cultural ecosystem in Oakland.
RSVP now for the FREE three-part Real Estate Readiness Workshop Series led by real estate expert consultants at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF). These workshops help arts groups build their organizational and financial capacities to navigate the real estate market. We encourage both a senior staff person and board/advisory council member to attend the workshops. Register now for one workshop or all three. Limited space available.
East Bay Community Foundation
Dalziel Building, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Plaza A Room
Oakland, CA 94612
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Plaza A Room
On with the Show: Turning your Financial Performance into a Masterpiece
This workshop is open to all Oakland arts and cultural groups, collectives, and organizations, whether or not you are seeking space or a real estate opportunity at this time. Come develop your financial acumen to grow your organization. We welcome all financial questions, including those for which you think you “should” already know the answers. There are no stupid questions in this workshop! Our goal is that you leave feeling empowered with the information and confidence necessary to return to your organization as a stronger financial ambassador.
Bring your most recent financial statements and budget projections:
If you do not have these, we will have sample materials for you to work with.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Plaza A Room, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Commercial Leasing Strategies: Getting to Yes
Looking to lease new space or renew your lease? Not sure how to approach the landlord? What’s in the fine print of my 15-page lease? In Oakland’s escalating real estate market, organizations are facing large rent increases. Yet, nonprofits are still finding ways to lease space in the communities they serve. NCCLF will share examples of nonprofits that have successfully negotiated leases that fit their budgets and location considerations. Participants in this workshop will learn key terminology in commercial leases, pitfalls to watch for, negotiation strategies with landlords, and current trends in the bay area commercial market.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Suite 359, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Real Estate Readiness: Overview
Come learn how to prepare your organization to embark on securing a facility for your program. Get answers to common questions around planning for your space. Are you ready to move? How much space? What can I afford?
Six Oakland arts and cultural organizations will receive assistance to secure long-term, affordable, safe space in Oakland. The technical assistance is through Keeping Space – Oakland, CAST’s pilot program to assist arts nonprofits that are vulnerable to space instability and displacement.
$90,000 in professional real estate training and consultation services will be awarded across six local organizations. CAST has hired the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) to carry out the real estate trainings and the private consultations for the Keeping Space – Oakland awardees. Award recipients include:
Alena Museum, which translates to ‘ we are here’ in the African language Tigrinya, is an active work hub for arts and social enterprise, dedicated to advancing the cultural richness of African diaspora through aspiring entrepreneurs. Alena is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect our heritage, history, and stories.
Pro Arts is among the oldest and most significant institutions for contemporary art in Oakland. Pro Arts shows contemporary art in all its forms. Through our interdisciplinary approach to curating, which fosters collaboration and the cross–pollination of ideas, we champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production.
Project Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending vertical dance that interweaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology. The work re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder in audiences around the world.
PLACE for Sustainable Living is a grassroots experiential learning center in Northwest Oakland that showcases and fosters sustainable living practices for the general public through art, community and ecology. Our events, workshops and outreach programs focus on urban homesteading, neighborhood community building, community resilience, social justice and artistic expression.
Qilombo strives to advance Afrikan and Indigenous cultural revitalization through arts and education programming. We believe in promoting Black and Indigenous arts and culture as a vital step toward healing and strengthening communities of color.
Ubuntu Theater Project creates exquisite theatrical experiences that inspire compassion. Ubuntu is a Zulu proverb that means “I am because we are” and “My humanity is tied to yours.” Ubuntu Theater Project’s work brings together divided social groups for transformative artistic experiences that reveal our shared humanity.
Funding is provided by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is made possible in collaboration with the Oakland Arts Workspace Group and in partnership with the City of Oakland and Northern California Community Loan Fund.
For more information, please contact Tyese Wortham, CAST Program Manager at 415-556-9888, ext. 103, or email@example.com.