Community Investments Committee - September 8, 2015 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
September 8, 2015 - 1:00pm
25 Van Ness Ave. Ste 70
San Francisco, CA 94102



Tuesday, September 8, 2015
1:00 p.m.
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

The meeting was called to order at 1:18 p.m.

1.  Roll Call
Commissioners Present:
Sherene Melania, Chair
Abby Sadin Schnair
Marcus Shelby
Janine Shiota

Commissioners Absent:
Charles Collins

Staff Present: Tom DeCaigny, Barbara Mumby, Cristal Fiel

2. Public Comment
Commissioner Melania called for public comment. There was none made.

3. Change in Committee Meeting Location
Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny said that the motion was in preparation for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s move to the War Memorial building on October 11.

Commissioner Melania gave the following motion:

Motion: Motion to approve the following recommendation: “Resolved that, pursuant to Administrative Code Section 67.6(a), the Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee hereby confirms that, effective October 1, 2015, its regular meetings shall occur at 1:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 401 Van Ness Avenue, in Room 125.”
Moved: Shiota/Schnair
Public Comment: None.
The motion was unanimously approved.

4. Community Investments Director Report
Senior Program Officer Barbara Mumby gave the director report in Community Investments Program Director Judy Nemzoff’s absence. She announced that the fiscal year (“FY”) 2015-2016 guidelines were released in mid-August, with an application deadline of October 15. The grants staff went through a first round of general technical assistance workshops, with a final one at the African American Art & Culture Complex (“AAACC”). Following those workshops, there would be one-on-one technical assistance consultations available at AAACC, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SOMArts Cultural Center, and the Bayview Branch Library.

Mr. DeCaigny also announced that Program Associate Weston Teruya was resigning from the Arts Commission to pursue his art practice full time. Mr. Teruya was a leader with the Cultural Equity Grants program, particularly as an individual artist. The committee expressed their thanks for Mr. Teruya’s work around grantmaking, particularly as it pertained to individual artists. Mr. Teruya said that in addition to practicing art, he would be doing some grantwriting. He also announced that he had a residency and exhibition coming up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November. Mr. DeCaigny said that there would be a posting for the 3459 position following Mr. Teruya’s departure.

Commissioner Melania called for public comment. There was none made.

5. 2015-2018 SFAC Review Panelists Pool
Ms. Mumby announced that there was a wide call for prospective panelists this year to collect more names and make the process more equitable. Over 130 people filled out the form to be part of the prospective panelist pool. The next steps were to collect a demographics survey to look at availability and diversity of skill and knowledge. The explanatory document for the motion included the prospective panelists’ bios.

Mr. DeCaigny said that each grant review panel is typically composed of up to five individuals. The grant review panel would make recommendations to the Commission, but the final approval of who gets funded was ultimately up to the Commission. He said it was a robust pool in terms of skills and diversity, and if approved the individuals in the motion would be part of the grant review panelist pool for the next three fiscal years.

Ms. Mumby noted that this list was not edited and everyone who responded to the call was a part of it.

Commissioner Melania gave the following motion:

Motion: Motion to approve the following panelists to serve, as selected by staff, on SFAC review panels for the 2015-2018 Fiscal Years:
Idris Ackamoor, Executive Director, Cultural Odyssey
Stella Adelman, Theater and Adult Program Director, Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater
Shalini Agrawal, Director, Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts
Aliza Arenson, Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving, A.C.T.
Esailama Artry-Diouf, Program Assistant, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program
Linda Ayres-Frederick, Executive Artistic Director, Phoenix Arts Association Theatre
Joey Babbitt, Community Affairs Manager, Stern Grove Festival Association
Marie Beichert, CFRE, Fundraising Counsel,
Amy Berk, Visual Artist and Educator, San Francisco Arts Institute and UC Berkeley Extension
Megan Brian, Assistant Director, Education and Public Practice, SFMOMA
Joshua Raoul Brody, Musician
Tod Brody, Executive Director, Opera Parallèle
Dudley Brooks, Artistic Director, Run For Your Life!
Ellen Bruno, Film Producer/Director, BrunoFilms
Chan Celeste, Managing Director, Queer Rebels
Kevin B. Chen, Manager Artist Studio and Public Programs, de Young Museum
Brett Conner, Grants Manager, Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
Joseph Copley, Company Manager, ODC/Dance
Karl Cronin, Managing Director, AXIS Dance Company
Roberta D'Alois, Playwright/Artistic Director, Jump! Theatre
Christian Davies, Performance and Film Program Associate, SFMOMA
Elise DeMarzo, Director of Public Art, City of Palo Alto
Paul Dresher, Artistic Director, Musical Traditions/Paul Dresher Ensemble
T. Kebo Drew, Managing Director, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Shiree Dyson, Consultant
Laura Elaine Ellis, Executive Director, African & African American Performing Arts Coalition
Dominique Enriquez, Program Coordinator, Civic Arts Education
Katie Fahey, Program Officer, Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Sofia Fojas, Teacher on Special Assignment, Instrumental Music, SFUSD
Gabriela Frank, Composer, G. Schirmer
Deborah Frieden, Principal, Deborah Frieden & Associates
Julie Fry, President & CEO, Cal Humanities
Cherry Galette, Co-Founder and Director, Mangos With Chili
Stephen Galloway, Artist in photography, installation and public art
Emily Garvie, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Northern California
Eileen Goldenberg, Artist, Eileen P Goldenberg ART
Kate Goldstein, Development Manager, Brava! for Women in the Arts
Kenny Gong, Realtor, Paragon Real Estate
Jonas Goslow, Artist and developer
Adriana Grino, Program Assistant, Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Lisa Grodin, Director of Education, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Alexa Hall, ISC Coordinator, Oakland Museum of California
Elizabeth Harvey, Art Educator and Regional Director, Visual Thinking Strategies
Jackie Hasa, Co-Managing Director, David Brower Center
Katharine Hawthorne, Dancer and choreographer
Leticia Hernandez, Community Engagement Specialist
Barbara Heroux, Executive Director, Volti
Elisa Huerta, Program Director, University of California Berkeley Multicultural Community Center
Cristina Ibarra, Event Producer/Manager, LATE NITE ART and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Ethel Jimenez, Fine Art Photographer, Ethel Jimenez Photographer
Mary Ellyn Johnson, Head of Exhibitions, swissnex San Francisco
Julie Kahn, Visual artist, producer and director
Brian Karl, Curator/Professor, California College of the Arts/Wendi Norris Gallery
Nancy Karp, Artistic Director and Choreographer, New Arts Foundation/Nancy Karp + Dancers
Roko Kawai, Performing Arts Manager of Contextual Programming, YBCA
Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager, Alliance for CA Traditional Arts (ACTA)
Emily Klion, Executive Director, San Francisco Youth Theatre
Carolyn Kuali`i, President/Director, Kua`aina Associates, Inc.
Sunshine Lampitoc Smith, Institutional Giving Manager, Z Space
Lori Laqua, Executive Director, Z Space
Joan Lazarus, Dancer and arts educator
Terri Le, Marketing Assistant, Charles M. Schulz Museum
Lex Leifheit, Nonprofit Business Development Manager, City and County of San Francisco
Emily Leighton, Senior Designer, Tellart
Madeleine Lim, Executive Director, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
Tatjana Loh, Photographer; Development Director, The Women's Building
Ariel Luckey, Playwright, Actor, Poet, Educator, Organizer
Nicole Lungerhausen, Grant writer, grant program coordinator, independent consultant
Whitney Lynn, Lecturer, Stanford University
Kyle Marinshaw, Consultant, WolfBrown; Program Officer, Koret Foundation
Katynka Martinez, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
Marc Mayer, Senior Educator of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum
Kristine Mays, Visual artist
Daniella McCormack, Development & Communications Coordinator, BAYCAT
Annie McGeady, Freelancer
Frank Merritt, Principal, Jensen Architects
Angelica Muro, Assistant Professor of Integrated Media & Photography, Cal State Monterey Bay
Tony Natsoulas, Exhibitions Consultant and Artist, Blue Line Arts
Lenore Naxon, President, California Presenters
Cassie Newman, Manager, Brave New Voices Grants & Consulting Services, Youth Speaks
Masashi Niwano, Festival and Exhibitions Director, Center for Asian American Media
Ramekon O'Arwisters, Curator of Exhibition, SFO Museum
Sarita Ocón, Actor, Visual Artist, Digital Media Arts Educator
Ellen Oh, Associate Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford
Emiko Ono, Program Officer, Performing Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Laura Page, Arts & Education Program Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Michelle Parker, Project Manager, Foundation and Government Support, KQED, Inc.
Jeanne Powell, Writing Coach, University of San Francisco
Sheila Pressley, Director of Education, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
J. John Priola, Artist; Educator, San Francisco Arts Institute
Robertino Ragazza, Photographer, Ceramics Artist; Curator, San Jose Nuevo Flamenco
Rebecca Ratzkin, Senior Consultant, WolfBrown
Jerome Reyes, Artist Liaison & Faculty, Stanford University, Institute for Diversity in the Arts
Michelle Reynolds, Program Director, Dancers' Group
Whitney Ricketts, Head of Community & Artist Relations, NeonMob
Camellia Rodriguez-SackByrne, Co-founder/Co-organizer, Neighborhood Performance Project
Barrie Rokeach, Artist, Aerial Photography
Tere Romo, Program Officer, Arts & Culture, San Francisco Foundation
Reuben Roqueñi, Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Beth Rubenstein, Legislative Aide, Office of Supervisor John Avalos
Federico Salas, Independent consultant
Diane Sanchez, Retired Director of Community Investment, EastBay Community Foundation
Christopher Schardt, Founder, LED Labs
Kevin Seaman, curator/writer, retired from Pacific Film Archive
Steve Seid, Curator, writer, retired from Pacific Film Archive
Kevin Simmonds, Writer
Joti Singh, Artistic Director, Duniya Dance and Drum Company
Deborah Slater, Artistic Director, Deborah Slater Dance Theater
Krista Smith, Director of Development, Frameline
Robin Sohnen, Founder, Executive Director, Each One Reach One
Ernesto Sopprani, Director, THEOFFCENTER / AIRSPACE Residency
Jeremy Stone, Art Advisor, Business Matters in the Visual Arts
Jayna Swartzman-Brosky, Program Director, Center for Cultural Innovation
Jaime Talley, Teacher, California Virtual Academies
Sharon Tanenbaum, Principal Consultant, Sharon Tanenbaum & Associates
Aileen Tat, Development Associate, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Rob Taylor, Grants Manager, Bay Area Video Coaltiion (BAVC)
Liz Tenuto, Choreographer, Dance Instructor, Dance and a Half
Weston Teruya, Visual Artist, Commissioner, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission
Sarah Thibault, Co-Director, Royal Nonesuch Gallery
Kaitlin Trataris, Gallery Sitter/Art Installer, San Francisco Art Institute
Beth Waldman, Arts Consultant, WaldmanArts
Birhane Webster, Artist, Studio Owner, The Dark Theory Project
Alec White, HBIC, AWW MGMT
Samuel White Swan-Perkins, Owner, White Swan-Perkins Cultural Consulting
Charles Wilmoth, Associate Director of Development, California Institute of Integral Studies
Pamela Winfrey, Senior artist, Exploratorium
Jenifer Wofford, Artist and Educator, Wofflehouse
Rebecca Wolfe, Program Manager, Strategic Student Initiatives, The Center for Art and Public Life
Termeh Yeghiazarian, Artist, Art Instructor
Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions
Jess Young, Interim Executive Director, SOMArts Cultural Center
Isabel Yrigoyen, Associate Director of Performing Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Moved: Shelby/Schnair
Public Comment: None.
The motion was unanimously approved.

6. New Business and Announcements
Mr. DeCaigny told the committee that beginning next month, committee meetings would be held at the new office at 401 Van Ness Ave, Room 125. The move date of October 11, 2015 was confirmed. The commissioners would be invited to the War Memorial opening on September 16.

Commissioner Melania called for public comment. There was none.

7.    Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:46 p.m.

CF 9/22/15 draft minutes posted
CF 10/5/15 minutes approved

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