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Real Estate Solutions

CAST supports building teams to navigate the rough and risky waters of real estate development for cultural and community facilities.

We primarily work with small to mid-sized nonprofits and individual artists or creative entrepreneurs

with a particular focus on organizations led by and/or serving communities of color who have endured systemic oppression and historical underinvestment, that have demonstrated positive impact in their communities.

We bring our experience, capacity, and relationships

to support our partners at the most opportune times for cost-effectiveness and project success.

We work to understand the priorities and needs of the artists or organizations

who request our support, assess what is needed financially and programmatically, and then develop a solution that fits where they’re at, organizationally.

Even if CAST is not the best solution, we will always do our best to offer alternative resources to support your next steps.

CAST Senior Advisor Josh Simon and Black Cultural Zone CEO Carolyn Johnson share our plans for the Liberation Park development at a community in East Oakland.

Our real estate services fall into two primary categories:

CounterPulse Groundbreaking, 2016.

Photo by Kegan Marling

Securing Space

Our suite of services focuses on securing, through acquisition or long-term lease, property for long-term community control. We design and structure projects to provide our partners with flexibility and options for the future, including the potential for ownership.

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Performing Arts Workshop Co-Executive Directors Van Nguyen-Stone and Lorena Landeros tour the CAST team around the new Geneva Powerhouse.

Stewarding Space

Once a project has achieved stability and your programs are up and running, the work changes, but does not end. Our developing services focus on operating and positioning the real estate asset for long-term sustainability.

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Modeling New Ways

A Secure Future

By purchasing a property, generally done jointly by CAST and an arts partner, and taking it off the market, your facility costs are more predictable and stable. This gives you time to plan and raise funds for your future acquisition.



Money from the partner’s purchase then gets recycled into a brand new CAST project that keeps or adds another cultural asset in the community.



Partnership Spotlight

San Francisco / Tenderloin


CounterPulse, a staple in San Francisco’s art scene for over 30 years, has long been a catalyst for experimental and interdisciplinary dance and performance, providing space, support, and advocacy for artists. See how CAST helped CounterPulse buy their building and gain a permanent foothold in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.
Learn About CounterPulse

We’re building a new paradigm in real estate

One where arts and culture has a permanent seat at the table with government, urban planners, and real estate developers.

See how we’re creating a new synergy between arts and real estate that puts artists in the driver’s seat.