Community Investments Committee - February 13, 2018 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
February 13, 2018 - 1:00pm
401 Van Ness, Ste. 125
San Francisco, CA 94102


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
1:00 p.m.
401 Van Ness Ave, Suite 125


Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee: Charles Collins; Sherene Melania, Chair; Roberto Ordeñana, Vice President; Marcus Shelby; Janine Shiota

  1. Roll Call
  2. General Public Comment
    (This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Committee’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Committee’s consideration.)
  3. Director of Cultural Affairs Report

    Current developments and announcements
  4. 2018-2019 Special Project Grants

    Discussion and possible motion to approve recommendations to award 8 grants totaling $228,000 in the 2018-2019 cycle of Special Projects Grants (“SPX”) to the following organizations and to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into grant agreements with each organization for the amounts listed:

    Richmond District Neighborhood Center, $10,000, to provide a neighborhood art walk that celebrates the cultural heritage of Chinese, Irish and Russian immigrants in District 1.

    Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, $40,000 to support the 2018 San Francisco International Arts Festival honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

    Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, $30,000 to provide community engagement through ongoing arts related programming in District

    Noe Valley Chamber Music $15,000, to provide 3 public performances and 16 classes at 3 SFUSD schools in support of classical music programming for youth in District 8.

    Intersection for the Arts, fiscal sponsor for Uphill Arts, $56,000 to provide best practices in arts education to explore issues around vandalism and street art in support of the citywide anti-tagging program for youth, Where Art Lives. 

    Community Initiatives, fiscal sponsor for the San Francisco Dyke March, $15,000 to provide support for event production during the annual Pride celebration.

    Queer Cultural Center, fiscal sponsor for the San Francisco Trans March, $15,000 to provide support for event production during the annual Pride celebration.

    American Indian Film Institute, fiscal sponsor for American Indian Contemporary Arts, $7,000 to provide support for the 21st Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens. 
  5. Explanatory Document: FY2018-2019 SPX Recommendation Packet (rankings, project summaries) (PDF)
  6. 2018-2019 Request for Proposals: Building Trust and Collaboration within Black-Led Arts Organizations

    Discussion and possible motion for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 2018-2019 grant agreement with The Tides Center, fiscal sponsor for LeaderSpring, for an amount not to exceed $40,000 to design and facilitate an integrated initiative to strengthen a cohort of black-led arts organizations, board members, key community members and occasionally, external municipal partners.

    Explanatory Document: Request for Proposals: Building Trust and Collaboration within Black-Led Arts Organizations (PDF)
  7. 2018-2020 SFAC Review Panelists

    Discussion and possible motion to approve the following panelists to serve, as selected by staff, on SFAC review panels for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years:
    Nathaniel Earl Cameron, Jr. (aka Nate Cameron), Co-Founder/Vice President of Operations, Them People Productions
    Parastou Rahman Mashhadi (aka Pari Rahman), designer, Designature Life
    Carolyn Johnson, Associate Director, Commercial Real Estate, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
    Yan Anita Broaddus (aka Anita Wong), artist
    Camellia Rodriguez-SackByrne, Co-founder and Co-organizer, Neighborhood Performance Project; Program and Initiatives Manager, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
    Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions
    John Keith Hennessy, artist, Circo Zero
    Laura Eliasieh, Project Research Curator, San Jose Museum of Art
    Pablo Andres Cristi, Department Chair, Visual Art, Oakland School for the Arts

Explanatory Document: Panelist biographies (PDF)

  1. New Business and Announcements

    (This item is to allow Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for consideration.)
  2. Adjournment

Posted 02/08/2018 12:00 p.m. CL. Updated 02/09/18 1:30 p.m. CL


Explanatory documents listed above, as well as documents created or distributed after the posting of this agenda to the Arts Commission will be available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325, San Francisco, CA 94102, during regular business hours. Info: Claudia Leung, 415-252-2211. PLEASE NOTE: The Arts Commission often receives documents created or submitted by other City officials, agencies or departments after the posting of the Arts Commission agenda. For such documents or presentations, members of the public may wish to contact the originating agency if they seek documents not yet provided to the Arts Commission.

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根據美國殘疾人士法案和語言服務條例,中文、西班牙語、和/或美國手語翻譯人員在收到要求後將會提供翻譯服務。另外,我們將盡力提供擴音設備。同時也將會提供不同格式的會議資料, 和/或者提供閱讀器。此外,翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電415-252-2211向Claudia Leung, Program Associate 提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。聽證室設有輪椅通道。


De acuerdo con la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (American Disabilities Act) y la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas (Language Access Ordinance) intérpretes de chino, español, y lenguaje de señas estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. En adición, se hará todo el esfuerzo posible para proveer un sistema mejoramiento de sonido, materiales de la reunión en formatos alternativos, y/o proveer un leedor. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. Para solicitar estos servicios, favor contactar a Claudia Leung, Program Associate, por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión al 415-252-2211. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible. La sala de audiencia es accesible a silla de ruedas.

Patakaran para sa pag-access ng mga Miting

Ayon sa batas ng American Disabilities Act at ng Language Access Ordinance, maaring mag-request ng  mga tagapagsalin wika sa salitang Tsino, Espanyol at/o sa may kapansanan pandinig  sa American Sign Language. Bukod pa dito, sisikapin gawan ng paraan na makapaglaan ng gamit upang lalong pabutihin ang inyong pakikinig,  maibahagi ang mga kaganapan ng miting sa iba't ibang anyo, at/o isang tagapagbasa. Ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Sa mga ganitong uri ng kahilingan, mangyari po lamang makipag ugnayan kay Claudia Leung, Program Associate sa 415-252-2211. Magbigay po lamang ng hindi bababa sa 48 oras na abiso bago ng  miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng tanggapin. Ang silid ng pagpupulungan ay accessible sa mga naka wheelchair.