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Weekly Initiative News 7/30/12

This week, admire large scale murals, get involved with some artistic cooking and eating and participate in a range of workshops and events. – Machine Project – Southern Exposure – Lawndale Art Center – Real Art Ways – Intermedia Arts – Space Gallery – Aurora Picture Show – Kansas City Artists Coalition


Image courtesy of Alex Luster for Lawndale Art Center.

Weekly Initiative News 7/23/12

A marathon reading event at Printed Matter, Powerpoint art at Artist’s Space and a musical at Out North – some great events for the summer… – Rhizome – Artist’s Space – Ballroom Marfa – Out North – Printed Matter – Headlands Center for the Arts – Maryland Art Place – Machine Project


Image courtesy of Marshall Weber (who will be performing a 48-hour-long marathon reading of appropriative texts at Printed Matter)

Weekly Initiative News 7/16/12

Some great job opportunities this week and an upcoming art show which celebrates the humble bulletin board. – Art Papers Magazine – White Columns – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center – Real Art Ways


Image Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan.

Weekly Initiative News 7/10/12

Belatedly celebrate July 4th with a selection of events exploring outer space: The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality presents a reading event at Printed Matter and Creative Time plans to send art into the great unknown. – LA><ART – Printed Matter – Creative Time – Real Art Ways – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art


Still from Love Puddles by Michael Mallis and Mickey McParlane, courtesy of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality

Weekly Initiative News 7/2/12

Good news for a bunch of arts organizations with successful fundraising events, generous grants and various other examples of support coming their way. – Headlands Center for the Arts – Aurora Picture Show – MOCADA – Laxart – Bomb Magazine – Southern Exposure – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – DiverseWorks


Image of Randy Weston playing piano, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA).

Weekly Initiative News 6/25/12

Now that the summer has really started, try something new: become part of an interdisciplinary collective, check out some job opportunities or just take a neighborhood walking tour… – Headlands Center for the Arts – Headlands Center for the Arts – Intersection for the Arts – SF Camerawork – Aurora Picture Show – Aurora Picture Show – Project Row Houses – Project Row Houses – Intermedia Arts – Elsewhere Collaborative – Creative Time


Image of Elsewhere Collaborative Library via Pachi Giustinian

Weekly Initiative News 6/18/12

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Print fairs, communal dining, open calls and a special lying down event; plenty of options to belatedly celebrate Father’s Day! – Charlotte Street Foundation – MoCADA – Out North – Triple Canopy – Intersection for the Arts – Locust Projects – Self Help Graphics – The Luggage Store


Image via Art in America.

ArtPlace Awardees

The Foundation is pleased to report that three Initiative organizations have received funding through the collaborative grantmaking effort, ArtPlace. The full list of the Creative Placemaking grantees can be found online through the ArtPlace website.

“Across the country, cities and towns are using the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of arts organizations working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously.”

Congratulations to Intermedia Arts, MoCADA, and Out North!

Creative Citymaking – $325,000 – Intermedia Arts – Minneapolis, MN
Creative Citymaking, a new program fostering long-term collaborations between artists and planners, will result in a new model for creative city planning with a goal of increasing participation of diverse communities in determining their futures.


The Soul of Brooklyn – $250,000 – Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) – Brooklyn, NY
A collaborative effort between African Diaspora arts organizations and businesses, The Soul of Brooklyn will drive people and activity to its community through a curated monthly cultural series and intense summer series that presents arts programming in neighborhood businesses to bolster the local economy in Central Brooklyn.


The Art House Resident Program – $250,000 – Out North Contemporary Art House – Anchorage, AK
Out North will be a collaborative, dynamic community space where a dozen resident groups can create, present, produce, teach, and reach out through art, music, education and journalism to build community pride, resilience and resolve.

Weekly Initiative News 6/11/12

A great time to be had in the Hamptons, volunteer opportunities, and a leadership change at Out North. – Art In General – Intersection for the Arts – Laxart – Lawndale Art Center – Out North


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Weekly Initiative News 6/4/12

Plan ahead to draw some monsters with Southern Exposure, head to DiverseWorks to admire street art and get your Woody Guthrie fix at Legion Arts. – DiverseWorks – Lawndale Art Center – Legion Arts – Hallwalls – Space Gallery – Triple Canopy – Brooklyn Rail – Intersection for the Arts – Southern Exposure


Image from The Portland Press Herald website

Weekly Initiative News 5/29/12

Take part in some creative paper-folding, check out experimental music by dogs or just ogle the spectacular Ballroom Marfa drive-in proposal (picture above!) – Art in General – Ballroom Marfa – Ballroom Marfa – DiverseWorks and – Lawndale Art Center – Southern Exposure/Machine Project – Artist’s Space


Image: Rendering of Ballroom Marfa drive-in, courtesy of MOS architects.

Weekly Initiative News 5/21/12

This week, a varied selection including fishing movies, puppetry workshops and artist-run centers in Canada…something for everyone! – Aurora Picture Show – Legion Arts – Living Arts Tulsa – Space Gallery – Smack Mellon – Triple Canopy – Ballroom Marfa – DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, Project Row Houses – Lawndale Art Center – Threewalls


Image of Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce – Natural Acts in Artificial Water, courtesy of Lynn Lane Photography

Aurora Picture Show on Kickstarter

Aurora has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their relocation. Here’s the link for more information.

Weekly Initiative News 5/14/12


BYOB, Art Cars, and more in this edition. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Initiative moms out there. – Artspace – Legion Arts – Self Help Graphics – Machine Project – Space Gallery



Image: From Lexus, Jamie “Vyal” Reyes and Patssi Valdez created work for this CT200h hybrid vehicle.

Weekly Initiative News 5/7/12

An opportunity to work in a Haunted Basement. Unless that’s how you already describe your current offices. – Maryland Art Place – Threewalls – Hallwalls – LACE: job opportunity – Second Street Gallery – Rhizome: job opportunity – The Soap Factory:job opportunity – Cabinet – Machine Project – Southern Exposure


Image of the Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement, via Lindsey Lyford.

Weekly Initiative News 4/30/12

Steal this painting stolen, Frieze Art fair, and opportunities for artists. – Momenta Art – Cabinet – CEPA Gallery – Slought Foundation – Exit Art – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – East of Borneo – Artists Space – Artists Space and White Columns – Charlotte Street Foundation

Image: Detail of a painting from Adam Simon’s “Steal This” series, stolen from Momenta.

Weekly Initiative News 4/23/12

Low Lives Festival, puzzle hunts, artist opportunities and job openings in this week’s roundup. – DiverseWorks – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Headlands Center for the Arts – Legion Arts – Spaces Gallery – Artists Space – Lawndale Art Center – Southern Exposure – Smack Mellon – Hallwalls – Locust Projects


Image: Spaces artist Dott Schneider, via Cleveland’s Scene Magazine.

Weekly Initiative News 4/16/12

This week in Initiative organization news. – Machine Project – Brooklyn Rail – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Ballroom Marfa – Aurora Picture Show – Intersection for the Arts – Salina Arts Center – Threewalls


Image: Sneak peek at the Miami Rail, via the Brooklyn Rail.

Weekly Initiative News 4/9/12

A few items this week including some opps for filmmakers at Aurora Picture Show and a big project happening at Charlotte Street. Also be sure to look into NAMAC’s Leadership Institute. Information about that is here. Deadline is April 15th! – Intermedia Arts – Machine Project – Locust Projects – Aurora Picture Show – Charlotte Street Foundation

Weekly Initiative News 4/2/12


Here’s a selection of Initiative links for the week. And congratulations to the Headlands on the launch of their new website, pictured above. – Maryland Art Place – Lawndale Art Center – Aurora Picture Show – Aurora Picture Show – Charlotte Street Foundation – Headlands Center for the Arts – Intersection for the Arts – Creative Time – Rhizome

Weekly Initiative News 3/25/12



Starting a trial project here on the blog. Each week we’ll round up some links from Initiative organizations around the country. These may be program updates, news coverage, or even the occasional Kickstarter project. We’ll keep it simple -just some links and the org they refer to. – Southern Exposure – Momenta – Ballroom Marfa – Machine Project – Machine Project – Rhizome – Lawndale – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

And don’t forget that we’ve launched the new travel grants as well. See previous blog post for information on applying.


Image: Ballroom Marfa.

Travel Grants Announced

We are happy to let you know about a new funding opportunity available to you through the Warhol Initiative. Although the foundation is not currently inviting new organizations to join the Initiative or planning any future convenings, we do still hope to foster and support meaningful connections among Initiative grantees and thereby continue to help build the capacity of individual organizations as well as the capacity of the network. After much thought and discussion with our advisors and with many of you, we determined that the most effective way to accomplish this goal at this time is to offer grants for staff travel.

Over the next year (from March 2012-April 2013), Warhol Initiative organizations and journals from the Arts Writing Initiative are eligible to apply for a one-time $5,000 travel grant.  These grants are meant to enable executive directors, curators, key staff and/or board members to visit their peers across the country (or abroad) to experience programming first-hand, exchange information and expertise, establish collaborative relationships, investigate institutional models and research regional artistic communities and practices.  We encourage but do not require grantees to visit fellow Initiative organizations with these funds. Grantees may pool their resources to organize group retreats or may use funds to attend conferences, festivals or other relevant events. Other possible uses of travel funds include study trips to strengthen the knowledge base or leadership potential of staff; travel to an organization for formal or informal coaching or mentoring; and exploratory visits to new spaces.

To apply for these grants, please send us a letter explaining where you would like to travel and why.  You may apply for more than one trip involving more than one staff member, but please try to send just one letter detailing all requests and include a rough budget. We will ask you to report on the grant after the funds have been spent and encourage you to document your travels. We are hopeful that, taken together, these trips will strengthen and deepen the network that the Initiative has fostered over the past twelve years.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Rachel and James

Image: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Living as Form, The Book: Now Available

Growing out of the 2011 Creative Time exhibition and summit  sharing the same name, Living as Form the book is now out and available through MIT Press or other online and in person booksellers. Documenting artistic activity informed by social engagement around the globe, the publication includes essays by Claire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, and the project’s curator, Nato Thompson.

Preservation Resources at BAVC


Media archiving need not be frustrating. Here’s a valuable resource in San Francisco that you may want to reach out to.

BAVC’s Preservation Department works with museums, artists and cultural institutions around the world to remaster, transfer, and archive seminal creative and historical works on video and audio tape. BAVC’s preservation team has provided services for renowned arts organizations such as The Kitchen, Video Data Bank, SF MoMA, BAM/PFA, Walker Arts Center, and SF Ballet among others.

BAVC is the nation’s largest non-profit preservation organization, and rigorously maintains endangered analog equipment in order to provide high quality transfers to preservation standard formats. BAVC leads the field in developing preservation standards for the future, and providing hands-on expertise to practitioners as they implement these new standards.

BAVC works with cultural, academic, and media organizations large and small to meet a range of needs for securing historically and artistically important materials.

BAVC’s Preservation services include:

  • Archival Collection Assessment of media assets (video and audio recordings)
  • Preservation Planning, Cataloging and Metadata Consultation
  • Cleaning, Conditioning and Digitization to uncompressed, high quality digital formats of     materials for archival transfer and exhibition
  • Providing technical expertise for the installation/ display of an exhibition

Please contact or call 415.558-2158 to determine if BAVC can help you preserve, protect and more widely share your media assets.

Image:  Still from Media Burn by BAVC Client, Ant Farm (Lord, Michels, Schreier) 1975, copyright Ant Farm, Courtesy of BAVC.

Intersection and WHP Receive New Funds


Congratulations to two Warhol Initiative organizations, Intersection for the Arts and Watts House Project. They were both given substantial awards from the new collaborative funding effort, ArtPlace.

From SFGate:

“Intersection for the Arts, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and three other Bay Area arts groups have received grants totaling more than $2.7 million from ArtPlace. A new approach to arts funding as an engine of economic development, ArtPlace combines funding from 11 of America’s largest foundations in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven other federal agencies.

The grants, part of $11.5 million funding 34 projects across the country in ArtPlace’s first round, reflect “a growing realization that art can take a broader and more integrated role in economic and community change,” said Intersection Executive Director Deborah Cullinan.

Intersection received $777,000 to help fund its ongoing 5M Project (in partnership with Forest City Development), a prototype community of 2,000 entrepreneurs, technology companies and artists headquartered in The Chronicle building. Programs include large-scale public art projects, artist residencies and engaging local youth with 5M partners to address neighborhood issues.”

Read the full article here.

From the LA Times Culture Blog:

“The Watts House Project, in which artists lend their talents to community improvement, has landed a $370,000 grant that will enable it to finish converting three houses across the street from the Watts Towers into a headquarters it has dubbed “The Platform.”

The money comes from ArtPlace, a new program in which federal agencies led by the National Endowment for the Arts are working with leading charitable foundations to funnel private funds to projects in which artistic creation isn’t strictly an end in itself, but a neighborhood development tool deployed to generate economic opportunities while making communities more vibrant.

The first round of $11.5 million, announced last week, will fund 34 projects nationwide. For the Watts House Project, launched in 2008, it means the money is now in hand to finish renovating three houses on a single lot that it bought two years ago to serve as its operations base.”

Read the full article about Watts House Project here.

In Memoriam: Jeanette Ingberman

It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Jeanette Ingberman, co-founder and Executive Director of New York’s Exit Art. Jeanette’s impact on the non-profit arts field was profound and her influence widespread. Over the course of nearly thirty years at Exit Art she provided opportunities to hundreds of artists early in their careers, nurtured a new generation of curators and inspired colleagues around the country with her bold and inventive programs.  Her unyielding determination, her optimistic vision and her generous spirit will be greatly missed.

The New York Observer’s article on Jeanette’s life can be found here.



Image: Founders Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman at Exit Art, 578 Broadway, Manhattan, 1986 (via Exit Art)

Announced: NAMAC Leadership Institute Cohort

Lots of familiar faces in the lineup for NAMAC’s 2011 Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. We’re pleased to continue to support this project, which has proven so valuable to so many in the Initiative. We wish all the participants well in the cell phone reception-free woods of Oregon.

The 2011 cohort is listed below, with full bios available as a pdf.

Mark Allen, Executive Director
Machine Project
Los Angeles, CA 

Ashley Clemmer Hoffman, Public Art Manager
Project Row Houses
Houston, TX

Christopher Cook, Executive Director and Curator
Salina Art Center
Salina, KS

Chris Cowden, Executive Director
Women & Their Work
Austin, TX

Courtney Fink, Executive Director
Southern Exposure
San Francisco, CA

Felicity Hogan, Executive Director
Artists Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

Emily Hopkins, Executive Director
Side Street Projects
Pasadena, CA

Steve Liggett, Executive and Artistic Director
Living Arts of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

Nat May, Executive Director
SPACE Gallery
Portland, ME

Mack McFarland, Curator
Feldman Gallery + Project Space
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Portland, OR

Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Omaha, NE 

Cassandra Oliveras, Marketing Manager
El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY

Jon Pounds, Executive Director
Chicago Public Art Group
Chicago, IL

Greg Sandoval, Manager of Adult Public Programs
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA

Scott Schofield, Executive Director
Out North Contemporary Art House
Anchorage, AK

Xochi Solis, Director of Public Programming
Visual Arts Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Sarah Stauder, Executive Director
Rochester Art Center
Rochester, MN

Shannon Stratton, Executive and Creative Director
Chicago, IL

Andrew Suggs, Executive Director
Vox Populi
Philadephia, PA

Bryan Warren, Executive Director
Crane House, The Asia Institute
Louisville, KY

Hand-in-Glove Conference: Register Now

Registration is now open for the October 2011 Hand-in-Glove conference, organized by threewalls. The conference focuses on arts administration as creative practice.

From the official website: “Hand-in-Glove is a four day event featuring keynote speaker Nato Thompson, panels curated with guest respondents from artist-run culture around the nation, and artist-designed events, parties, food experiences and tours around the city of Chicago. In conjunction with the conference, threewalls will award the 2011 Propellor Fund awards as well as release the third edition of PHONEBOOK.”


Image via threewalls: Works Progress, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota

ART JIC: Joint Information Center Now Online

As discussed in the How Political Can We Be? session, there was a desire to set up a Joint Information page for the rapid sharing of and response to issues of political and social import. Where swift action if required, this should prove a useful tool. Thanks to Anne Pasternak at Creative Time for setting this up and to session co-leaders, Victoria Reis and Anne-Marie Russell for their contributions. Please check it out on Facebook, like it, and follow the latest updates. The page is found here.


Photo of the Headlands main building by Melissa Kaseman © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

FYI: Position Paper on Value of Small Arts Orgs

Thanks to a number of you who have forwarded Size Matters, the recent position paper from the UK arts consortium, Common Practice. Well worth a read if you have the chance, as it speaks to the role and importance of small to mid-sized artist run spaces.

From the Common Practice website:

Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations is written by Sarah Thelwall,commissioned by Common Practice, London with support from Arts Council England.The paper seeks to articulate the value of small visual arts organisations within the wider arts ecology. The paper explores the significant potential these organisations have in the present cultural landscape and economy,also detailing the operational and investment challenges they face in realising this. Finally, it advocates a reconsideration of present assessment and investment practices.Published in July 2011, this paper will be presented in a variety of forums to stimulate discussion around its core questions, the urgency of which has increased in recent months. If you are interested in learning more about this work, please visit or email Common Practice members via”

A copy of the pdf version of the position paper can be read here.



Ruth Ewan, Dreadnoughts: Dreadnought No.2, Who Owns the City?, 2010, Live performance. Photo: Davide Manone

Post-Convening: Session Notes

Over the next week, we’ll be posting all the notes we have from the Convening sessions. Consider these both as a memory-jogging device and a way to continue the conversations initiated in San Francisco.

Special thanks to our Session Recorders: Susan Chen, Christian L. Frock, Genevieve Quick, Jayna Swartzman, Matthew Tedford, and Meredith Tromble. These talented Bay Area arts writers took copious notes and sat in on nearly every session in order to provide a lasting document of what was discussed. Putting the convening into words is no easy task and we’re deeply appreciative of their work.

If in the process of reading through these, you notice that something has been omitted or mischaracterized, we encourage you to contribute your own take on the events, adding your thoughts in the comments sections of the session pages.


Photo by Melissa Kaseman © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

FROM NAMAC: Deadline for the Leadership Institute


Thanks to Dewey for leading an early morning breakfast roundtable at the Convening. In case you missed the discussion, or are interested in finding out more about the Leadership Institute, below is some information about the program and how to apply for the upcoming deadline.

Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations Application Deadline: July 8, 2011
NAMAC is pleased to announce that through generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts we are accepting applications to our third Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. This unique opportunity will allow twenty outstanding leaders from nonprofit visual arts and interdisciplinary arts organizations to attend our 5-day experiential workshop September 19-23, 2011 in Oregon.

Who Is Eligible?
Eligible applicants:
*Are permanent employees of a nonprofit visual arts or interdisciplinary organization who hold administrative or creative positions at the executive, director, or managerial level.

* Are experienced or emerging leaders (the Institute emphasizes intergenerational, experiential learning) in executive, managerial, or creative positions.

* Are performing at or above performance expectations and who exhibit leadership potential.

* Have at least five years of experience working in arts organizations (this may include previous experience in other organizations).

What Are the Costs?
The Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations is completely underwritten by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

To Learn more about the Institute: Including what you will learn, how to apply, who attended in previous years, bios on the facilitators, and more, go to

Application Deadline: July 8, 2011
For questions, please contact Dewey Schott, Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC, at or 415-431-1391 ext. 302

A Sors: Entry 3

A special thank you to the entire cast of characters that brought A Sors, the performance/dining experience at the Masonic Lodge at the Regency Center, to brilliant life. This magical evening represents a new chapter in an ongoing exploration of history and cuisine by artists Julio Cesar Morales and Max La Rivere-Hedrick and was executed in collaboration with Rebecca Jean and Natalia Bushyager of Seasonal Elegance, and the knowledgeable Norma Listman.

Special thanks to everyone involved, including Rocket Caleshu, Arpad Dobriban, Jennifer Frederiksen, Andria Lo, Paolo Salvagione, Brian Scott, Mark Weidenbaum, Miles Ake, Carmen Benavides, Tina Dang, Alexandra Franco, Conrad Meyers II, Jennifer McCabe, Bailey Nakano, Kim Silva, Ian Treasure, Erik Wilson, Jenifer Wofford, Jonathan Wong, Kathryn Williamson, and Danielle Cronis and the Regency staff.

For more on the project as it continues to develop please visit the Engine43 blog.


Image: Photo of the goat oven, by Andria Lo.

Post-Convening: Back to Earth

Nothing like a hot summer subway ride to remind you that the Convening is now a thing of the past. Thank you again to everyone who attended and who assisted in making for such a wonderful weekend. We hope everyone got home safely and without too much incident, given all the traffic and excitement at SFO.

This site will expand slightly as we begin to incorporate your suggestions and ideas about the Initiative going forward. We’ll add the Sessions section and populate that with notes from each discussion and photos taken during the events. Powerpoint presentations will be included where appropriate. If you have any suggestions or imagery that you’d like to share from your time in San Francisco, send them to James directly, or post  a link in the comments below.


Images: Thanks to Tod Lippy for the bus picture and to David Hughes for the table image.

Saturday Night: Dress Warmly

Second full day of sessions, and here are 10 Things We’ve Learned:

1) Goat is delicious.
2) It gets really cold at night. We can’t stress this enough. Dress in your warmest clothes tonight for the dinner at SOEX. We will be outdoors. It will be cold. We will not have heat lamps. Just each other and pork buns. So please please please, dress as warmly as you can for this evening.
3) 16 seconds is the new 20 seconds.
4) The Headlands is the most magical place ever. Thanks again to sharon maidenberg and the entire crew at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Especially to Katie Powers and her cooking team. Those were some tasty and good looking box lunches.
5) Divisidero and Lombard is a terrible place to train on the job.
6) Looking forward to a lot of gay weddings in NY.
7) 6:00am showers are the worst.
8) Julio and Max and Norma and Natalia and Rebecca and Jennifer really know how to make a night feel special. Thanks to everyone involved in the sensory overload that was A Sors, at the Regency Club. We’re ready to start smuggling honey on a regular basis.
9) Rock Band is harder than you think.
10) This is an endlessly inspiring group of people. (But we knew that already.)

Enjoy the day at SFAI.

A Sors: The Story Continues

“It is June 19, 1867. Summer has begun. With the change of seasons, the days will begin to get shorter as well as warmer. There is work to be done. There are fields to be tended, but today is a holiday. To the Catholics of Querétaro, Mexico, it is a religious festival, the Fête-Dieu. In a few hours, the date will become associated with another, more sorrowful occasion. For today, Maximilian will die: Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria, or, to the people of Mexico these past three eventful years, Emperor Maximilian. Today is a holiday, and it will henceforth be a mournful one….”

The latest blog entry is up on Engine43’s site, revealing more about the complicated history informing Friday night’s meal and event.

If so inclined, this would be a good evening to wear something on the dressier side. Not a problem to come as you are, but you have the option. The environment at the Regency is an evocative one.


Photo from the development dinner held on Monday, June 20, courtesy of Jesse Nichols.

Day 1: Here We Go

Travel safely.

Pecha Kucha Order: Saturday Afternoon – SFAI


Below is the order for Saturday afternoon at SFAI. We will leave a few slots open in this session for those whose imagery was received after June 21.

Slides are pre-prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation.  Presenters are asked to sit in the first row of the Lecture Hall.

1) Rhizome
3) San Jose ICA
4) Lawndale Art Center
5) Midway Contemporary Art
6) Participant, Inc.
7) MOCA Tucson
8) LA><ART
9) Second Street Gallery
10) 911 Media Arts
11) Out North
12) Kansas City Arts Coalition
13) Franklin Art Works
14) SF Camerawork


Image: The quad at SFAI, outside the Lecture Hall.

Staff Update: The View From SF

Just a note to say that the Foundation staff is on the ground in SF, and we’re looking forward to your arrival. Jackie, Julie C., Julie E., Joyce, James, and (the curiously non-J named) Rachel are all enjoying the sunny temps and beautiful views of the city. We had a great morning at the Headlands today and a terrific in-process dinner last night with Max & Julio and their talented team.

The weather has been warm so far, but might get a little chilly as the week goes on. (Be sure and bring a scarf or sweater, especially to the outdoor evening event at Southern Exposure.)  We’re trying to respond to as many emails as we can during our prep time, but if you don’t hear back right away – just know that we’re working hard somewhere and will get in touch as soon as possible.

One note about the schedule – we’ll have the most up to date version of the schedule printed and in your packets. If you’ve downloaded a pdf version via the site, just know that some details may have changed.

If just the past two days are any indication, this is going to be a fantastic Convening. Safe travels to everyone!


Image: A view from the Meridien.

Pecha Kucha Order: Friday Afternoon – Headlands

Below is the order for Friday afternoon’s Pecha Kucha session at the Headlands. Building 961 is just a short walk up the hill from the main campus. Beer and light refreshments will be available.

Your slides have been prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation.

1)  DiverseWorks
2)  Intersection for the Arts
3)  MoCADA
4)  Maryland Art Place
5)  Diaspora Vibe
6)  Charlotte Street Foundation
7)  East of Borneo
8)  Slought Foundation
9)  Provisions Library
10) Brooklyn Rail
11) Women and Their Work
12) Galería de la Raza
13) Artists Space
14) Legion Arts
15) Real Art Ways
16) Intermedia Arts
17) Momenta
18) White Columns

If your organization has not been listed on this or a previous Pecha Kucha Order post, that means you’re either presenting during one of the three day-time sessions that feature Pecha Kucha as part of its format, (Publishing 5 Models; Exhibition as Experience, 10 Models; or Supporting Artists, 5 Models*) or you’ll be presenting on the third day at the San Francisco Art Institute. An order for Saturday’s final session will be posted here soon and will be available at the registration desk of the hotel.

*If you’re in one of these three sessions, chances are that you have already spoken with your session leader about your participation. Please check the schedule page if you are unsure.

Pecha Kucha Order: Night 1 – Osha Thai

Thank you for submitting your Pecha Kucha images to us. If you have not yet submitted your images, there are still slots available on the third and final day-time Pecha Kucha session. Please follow the instructions as previously posted. We will finalize the order for the third day once we have everyone’s submissions in house.

Below is the order for the first night. Your slides have been prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation. The Pecha Kucha will begin immediately prior to the dessert course. Every one will have a little over 6 minutes to speak about their organization. We look forward to a fast-paced and informative evening.

1) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
3) Locust Projects
4) Exit Art
5) Salina Art Center
6) Aljira
7) Hallwalls
8) Aurora Picture Show
9) SPACE Gallery
10) Soap Factory
11) Artspace, New Haven
12) Smack Mellon
13) LACE
14) Storefront for Art & Architecture

A Note from Pamela Clapp

As many of you know, I am leaving the foundation after 22 wonderful years.  It has been my great fortune to have had such a challenging, stimulating job, working in the arts with the people I most admire.  And you in the Initiative are at the top of that list.  I know Rachel, who will lead the program, and James will carry on the work brilliantly, with the aid of Jackie and support of Joel and the foundation’s great board of directors and staff.

Enjoy San Francisco.  I’ll miss being with you.


A Sors: A Performance with Four Courses

A Sors is a meal-as-art-project created by Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick, with Norma Listman. Taking place on Friday, June 24 in the Lodge at the Regency in San Francisco, the event employs food, libation, live music, and scent to tell a lost story of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. A Sors investigates Maximilian’s brief, tragic rule of Mexico, from 1864 to 1867, through the vantage of his most intimate and trusting relationship: the one with his imperial chef and confidant, a Hungarian known as Tudos.

A Sors translates from Hungarian as “destiny.” The bloody end of Maximilian’s reign yielded numerous conspiratorial recountings: he was ushered out of the country after his Freemasons brethren faked his death; he bribed the firing squad with gold to aim at his heart; he wore the 41.94-carat diamond that bears his name to tempt, or mock, his executioners. Maximilian today exists in the popular imagination primarily as a victim of Napoleon’s rule, and as the subject (mid-execution) of Manet’s famed painting. In the operatic version that informs this meal, Maximilian dies, but at the hands of his friend Tudos, who accompanies him by carriage to the execution site and, at Maximilian’s request, kills him before they reach their destination.

A Sors is a performance with four courses. The first three sum up the constituent parts of modern Mexican cooking: Spanish, French, and Mexican. The fourth and final course, a Hungarian dessert, acknowledges the bond between Maximilian and Tudos.

We’ll continue to add posts as this project develops, but you can also track it in words and pictures on the artists’ blog, Engine 43.

Getting There: Parking at SFAI

Since there are so many of you that reside in San Francisco, we realize that you may opt to get to SFAI on your own. You’re welcome to take public transport, bike, or walk, but should you choose to drive we’ve secured an Art Institute parking lot for your convenience. The lot is located  on Jones (on the West side of street), between Chestnut and Francisco. We have the lot all day, which should mean that you can avoid a hefty parking fine and won’t have to worry about moving the car every hour.


Image of SFAI via FoundSF.

How To: Breakfast Roundtables

Each morning, the Convening will begin with Breakfast Roundtables from 7-9am in Park Grill, the hotel’s third floor restaurant. Participation in the roundtables is optional and largely self organized.

For the breakfast itself, the hotel will give you vouchers when you check in. These vouchers must be given to the server when you sit down at a table. The breakfast is a hot buffet with a variety of the following options:

Freshly squeezed orange & grapefruit juices; hand cut seasonal fruits & berries; fresh baked morning pastries and sliced breakfast bread; fruit preserves & butter; low-fat yogurts; farm fresh scrambled eggs; applewood smoked bacon & chicken apple sausage; breakfast potatoes; and assorted cereals and milk.

At the entrance to the restaurant, we’ll have topic cards and pens available. You can write a topic on the card and set it visibly on your table, so that others may join you for a discussion.

In addition to your own conversations, our consultants Ben Aase and Nancy Lee, will also be available for one-on-one or small group sessions throughout the weekend. On Friday, June 24 Dewey Schott, Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC, will be on hand to discuss the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. The institute has welcomed a number of Initiative organization leaders over the last couple of years and a select few alumni will join Dewey to talk about the program and its impact.

We hope you take advantage of these early sessions, just be sure to wrap things up and meet in the lobby for the buses, departing promptly at 9am.

New to the Initiative: MoCADA

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting organizations and journals that are new to the Initiative. Ballroom Marfa, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Elsewhere, FilipMaryland Art Place, Rhizome, Slought Foundation, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Triple CanopyWatts House Project, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art were all welcomed into the Initiative in the years following the 2008 Convening in New Orleans. This year you’ll have the opportunity to hear from each of these organizations during the Pecha Kucha sessions. Please visit the Foundation’s main site for a list and links to all current Initiative organizations and the Arts Writing Initiative Page for links to the arts journals.

Located in Brooklyn, MoCADA is committed to fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues. The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been marginalized throughout history and MoCADA’s mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting that history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the contributions of people of African descent to the artistic and global landscape.

Two programs that exemplify the activities of MoCADA are listed below:

From Africa to Brooklyn: From Great to Great
Through June 26, 2011 MoCADA presents the student exhibition From Africa to Brooklyn: From Great to Great, organized by Ruby Amanze, Director of Education. The exhibition showcases the work of students from six Brooklyn schools: P.S. 3/The Bedford Village School, M.S. 57/The Ron Brown Academy, M.S. 265/Dr. Susan S. McKinney School, Bedford Academy High School, Benjamin Banneker Academy and Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. This exhibition is created through MoCADA’s Artists-in-Schools (A-I-S) program where teaching artists work in K-12 schools throughout Brooklyn to initiate and blossom young student’s artistic talents. From Africa to Brooklyn culminates twenty-five weeks of hands on art explorations, field trips and presentations by visiting artists. The participating students created artwork as an interpretation of their African and Diasporan roots in connection to contemporary Brooklyn.

Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011
Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011
runs this summer from June 18 through June 25. Over 20 events in 8 days, from Fort Greene to Bed Stuy, Clinton Hill to Brownsville, Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011 highlights the arts and cultures of Brooklyn’s African Diaspora. Dance parties, fashion shows, concerts, outdoor film screenings. The Soul of Brooklyn is a quintessential resource for discovering the unique cultural and business renaissance currently taking place throughout Brooklyn’s African Diaspora. Soul of Brooklyn’s goal is to promote neighborhood businesses, cultural institutions, and special events that reflect the borough’s vibrant roots and contribute to the growth of stronger communities.

Attendees from MoCADA in San Francisco include Executive Director, Lauri Cumbo; Exhibitions Director, Kalia Brooks; and Board Chair, Kevin Johnson.

Spotlight SF: Regional Regranting Program

In 2007 Southern Exposure launched Alternative Exposure, the first iteration of a national, regional regranting program supported by the Foundation.  These grants have reached more than 70 non-incorporated organizations and artist collectives in the Bay Area. During our closing night dinner a select number of recent grantees will be on hand during to present their activities. Many thanks to the staff of Southern Exposure and the participating artists for putting this together.

Here is an advance look at some of the projects that have been designed for this event:

ALULA EDITIONS (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Alula Editions works with artists to create hand silkscreened textiles, which are then made into an edition of objects. Much like a CSA (community support agriculture), subscribers provide the funds needed to make the editions and receive artworks in return for their investment.

Alula will lead an interactive screen-printing demonstration inviting participants to print with discharge paste. This activity will be a fun and easy way to learn through hands-on participation about the process of removing color from dyed fabric to unveil a repeating pattern.


ART PRACTICAL (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. Since its launch in October 2009, Art Practical has worked with a network of partners to promote the Bay Area’s role in the international art scene, to create a historical record of contemporary artistic practices, and to foster artistic production through critical writing and public programming.

Art Practical is creating a fold-out poster that functions as a field guide to San Francisco. It will include descriptions of Art Practical contributors’ favorite places in San Francisco, and a map noting their locations.


CRITTER (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
CRITTER presents cultural events that focus on the way science is practiced in everyday life, taking form as talks, classes, demonstrations and workshops.

CRITTER will present an abridged version of Clone-Home, which is an informal plant cloning and cultural drop-in center. People can partake in the joys of making many plants from one with hands-on demonstrations and activities. Friends of CRITTER will guide the curious through several related projects, including phyto-photographic prints, tisane tastings, succulent quilt making, and sounds from the secret life of plants.


INVISIBLE CITY AUDIO TOURS (2010 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Invisible City Audio Tours is a fiscally sponsored community-arts non-profit that introduces new ways of experiencing literature, art, and geography by producing alternative self-guided walking audio tours. Each tour leads participants through liminal neighborhoods and forgotten or unknown histories, creating heretofore unseen realities through original works of fiction, poetry, music, sound, and visual art.

Invisible City Audio Tours offers two listening stations for their tours Heliography and The Armada of Golden Dreams. The Heliography station includes a display of the “souvenirs” designed by twelve Bay Area artists for the tour’s landmarks. The Armada station includes two 3×3 feet paintings by artist George Pfau, a container of edible gold coins designed by Rebecca Ebeling, and free maps of the route.


INVISIBLE VENUE (2008 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Invisible Venue collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings.  It is a one-person organization, founded and directed by Christian L. Frock since 2005, that supports artist’s ideas and explores alternative locations for the presentation of contemporary art, outside of conventional gallery and institutional settings.

Institutional Critique Flair Button (2011) by Charles Gute is a public art project in the form of a freely distributed button.  A deceptively simple object, the text democratizes art discourse while playfully suggesting the co-optation of critique through scripted marketing.  Originally presented as part of a series of conference badge interventions funded by an Alternative Exposure Grant at the College Art Association Conference (Chicago, 2010), this project will be distributed at Southern Exposure and on Invisible Venue’s website.


KROWSWORK (2010 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Krowswork is a video and photography gallery in Oakland, California, founded by director Jasmine Moorhead in December 2009.

The program at Southern Exposure will include a cross-section of video work being made currently in the Bay Area by both emerging and established artists. The program can be loosely characterized as process-oriented work that avoids narrative and instead seeks transcendence through elliptical, humorous, and often dark means. The vision of Krowswork is to promote the specific power of video to get into the cracks of things, to flow between and beyond, in contrast to other mediums that rely on physical form. This program reflects Bay Area video makers who are realizing and acting on this potential.


RIBBONS (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
David Wilson/Ribbons uncovers spaces of surprising inspiration and draws together a wide net of collaborators to craft spirited experiences of place, performance, and participation.

Ribbons will share a collection of maps, invitations, books, and other ephemera from past explorations and gatherings.   The production and dissemination of this printed matter has been deeply supported by the Alternative Exposure grant.  Wilson has also cooked up a small journey for the Warhol Foundation friends: look for the map and share in a group walk to a secret, wooded courtyard to hear the song of thirty voices.


ROYAL NONESUCH (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Royal NoneSuch Gallery is an artist-run alternative art and event space located in Oakland, California. It is dedicated to creating community around art-based experiences that are thought provoking and conceptually rigorous, while also being accessible and fun.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery and artist Matthew Cella will present Balloon D’Art! Originally presented as part of 21 Projects x 21 Hours x 21 Days, a community-based event series at Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Balloon D’Art is a re-envisioned version of the classic carnival game complete with a taunting dart carny, exploding black balloons, and of course, bizarre prizes. Participants will be encouraged, chided, and then rewarded after just three attempts.


SIGHT SCHOOL (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Sight School is an artist-run storefront in Oakland, California, that began in November 2009 from a desire to create dialogue around new modes of living and being in the world in order to reveal connections between art and life.

Sight School is organizing a small curated show, which will be displayed on a tabletop. The exhibition will focus on the theme of community and sight, and will feature artists who have previously exhibited at Sight School.  Sight School publications and tote bags will also be available.


Image: Work by David Wilson/Ribbons.

Getting There: Shuttle Info

Airport Shuttles: If you are arriving on June 23, free airport shuttles will run to the hotel approximately every half hour. A greeter will meet you at the bottom of the escalators – just look for a person holding a Warhol Initiative Convening Shuttle sign. If you fail to connect with a greeter, please collect your bags and wait near baggage claim. If need be, you can also call Mosaic Transportation directly at 1 (800) 398-7881, and anyone there can assist you.

Reimbursements: According to our flight list, around 35 of you are arriving in advance of June 23 and some of you are staying in the area post-Convening. The more time in San Francisco the better, and we hope you get around to see great work in the Bay Area, including some produced by your Initiative peers. We want to remind you that while we’re happy to cover the cost of getting you to and from the airport and the hotel on the day of your arrival and departure, we cannot cover any additional expenses (e.g. transportation, meals, admission) you may incur. The Foundation can only reimburse if given original receipts, so please save them and mail with a reimbursement form, (available here) attn: Jackie Farrell, at the Foundation.

UPDATED 6/10/11: Added reimbursement form as pdf.

Image: Artist Ned Kahn’s installation at SFO.

Food in SF: Delicious Content Providers

An essential part of any Convening is the time spent out-of-sessions, breaking bread together or having a drink with fellow attendees. To ensure that this time is productive as well as delicious, we’ve partnered with the following restaurateurs, food truck purveyors, coffee devotees, and artisans to prepare meals at the Convening.

The first night’s dinner will be held at OSHA Thai, a successful chain of Thai restaurants founded by sisters, Wassana Korkhieola and Lalita Souksamlanel. The Embarcadero location is within walking distance to the hotel and comes fully prepared to host our opening Pecha Kucha session. The menu for this night includes passed hors d’oeuvres and wine at 7pm, followed by a four course dinner of Summer Salad with Tuna, Tom-Kha Soup, Pumpkin Curry, Grilled Sea Bass, and OSHA’s house specialty, Volcanic Beef.

During the first day’s activities at the Headlands, Katie Powers makes use of the Headlands Kitchen & Mess Hall, a relaxing and communal space designed by artist Ann Hamilton, to provide box lunches that can be enjoyed outside or in.  Three boxes are available:  The Free Range Box includes a chicken salad sandwich w/ tarragon, celery and apples on brick oven whole wheat, summer corn succotash, a short bread cookie, and fresh apricots; the Rodeo Box includes a sliced tri-tip and arugula sandwich with parley walnut pesto on rosemary bread, spicy Moroccan carrot salad, a double chocolate cookie, and fresh cherries; and the Veggie Box which will feature grilled and marinated eggplant and zucchini with roasted red pepper and goat cheese on olive bread, shaved fennel and pickled beet salad, and a chocolate almond bar with fresh berries.

After a brief break back at the hotel, our second dinner will be held Friday night the Regency Lodge, on Sutter and Van Ness. This former social hall with its vintage theatrical backdrops and enormous pipe organ will be the site for a project by artists and chefs, Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick. (More details about this event will be posted in a separate entry.)

The next day, at the San Francisco Art Institute, take in the sweeping views of Alcatraz and the Bay, while enjoying boxed lunches provided by Zella’s Soulful Kitchen. Click here for a recent profile of Zella’s owner and chef, Dionne Knox. We’re thrilled to work with Dionne and thankful to La Cocina for connecting us to her and for their ongoing efforts to support independent businesses. Lunches that day will include a choice of roasted lemon and herb chicken or tofu kebobs, meyer lemon and couscous salad, spinach salad, and assorted gourmet cookies. We’ll also have coffee set up to stave off that mid-afternoon slump.

Following the second full day of sessions, the group will head over to Southern Exposure for a casual closing night dinner and block party. There we’ll hear from a selection of those of who have received regional regranting funds through SOEX’s Alternative Exposure program and take in Allison Smith’s installation, The Cries of San Francisco. Throughout the evening food is available from a variety of fine food trucks including, Chairman Bao Bun, Let’s Be Frank, CurryUp Now, the Creme Brulee Cart, and Blue Bottle Coffee.

In general, each meal is being devised with a large amount of vegetarian options. If you have any extraordinary food allergies, let us know in advance and we’ll plan accordingly.  While we might not be able to accommodate all requests at every event, please send any dietary restrictions to

How To: Pecha Kucha Instructions

As indicated on the schedule, in an effort for every organization to present an overview of their work, we’re holding three rounds of Pecha Kucha. If you’re not familiar with the format, it’s 20 images pre-set to advance every 20 seconds. This means that each organization has a little over 6 minutes to talk about their activities, programs, or concerns.

So how is this going to work?

We’re asking that everyone submit their 20 images to us by June 1.

We’ll drop the images in, set the timing, and have it cued up when your time is called. Once we have the submissions, we’ll put an order together and post here on the site and on the main notice board at the registration desk in the hotel. If you have a preferred time, let us know.

20 images (Horizontal images will read the best on the screen.)
Dimensions: 1,240 pixels x 1,240 pixels (maximum)
Resolution: 72 dpi
File size: No larger than 4.0 MB (each image)
File format: .JPG
Label with your organization’s name, and the sequence order number from 1 to 20. (orgname_1.jpg – orgname_20.jpg)


After you have sized and named your images, please put them in a folder labeled with your organization’s name.

Then you need to zip the images. (On a mac you can right-click and select COMPRESS “name of the folder”. It will make a file with .zip after it. That’s the file you want to upload. If you are on a PC or have questions about how to make a .zip file, please email us.


The easiest way to send your images to us is Stream File.

Go to this page:
1. Enter this email in the first field (recipient’s email) : (This is the contact for Julie Evanoff, who is helping with tech issues for the Convening.)
2. Upload your .zip file (that has all 20 slides sized and labeled).
3. Click the STREAM NOW button.


If you run into trouble or have any questions, just ask Julie or post in the comments below.

ALSO IN SF: Create at Berkeley Art Museum

For those of you planning on an extended stay in the Bay Area, we suggest you visit the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, for Create, an exhibition co-curated by BAM Director Larry Rinder and White Columns’ Director, Matthew Higgs. Create presents work made at three leading centers for artists with developmental disabilities, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond.

The exhibition runs May 11, 2011 – September 25, 2011.

Image: Evelyn Reyes, Carrots, 2007. Courtesy of Creativity Explored, San Francisco

Pecha Kucha: Everybody’s Doing It


Pecha Kucha, a presentation model devised by a group of innovative designers in Tokyo in 2003, factors heavily into the 2011 convening. Inspired by the Japanese term for conversation (“chit chat”), Pecha Kucha allows a large volume of information to be conveyed quickly and in a concise manner.  The formula is 20 images x 20 seconds; twenty images that appear only once and advance at an automatic rate every twenty seconds.

By scheduling Pecha Kucha’s each night of the convening, the goal is to provide an opportunity for every organization to share information about their activities and programming with the entire group. Priority will be given on the first night to organizations new to the Initiative.

Some daytime sessions incorporate the Pecha Kucha format to present multiple perspectives on a single subject, from five models of publishing to ten alternative ways to support artists.

All the Pecha Kucha sessions are optional, but if you’re looking to hear about programs and events from all the organizations in the Initiative, this is a great way to do so.

In Your Packets: Phonebook 3

Included in each of your convening packets will be a voucher to complete and send, in order to receive your very own pre-paid copy of the latest edition of Phonebook, a national guidebook to art spaces and projects, published by threewalls in Chicago.

From the threewalls website: “Phonebook 3 will be an essential guide for artists and arts administrators looking to connect with others in this ever-changing realm of independent artist-run culture, including everything from nonprofit and community institutions to flexible and self-organized art spaces. Each listing also includes the projects’ mission statement or organizing principles, so that curators and artists can easily find organizations with similar values. Phonebook 3 will be launched October 2011 at the Hand in Glove conference in Chicago, IL, hosted by threewalls and organized by the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers, a professional organization that provides resources to independent, grass-roots organizers and facilitators who support creative practices that challenge traditional formats, and innovate new genres.”

And good news: they made their kickstarter goal. Be sure and fill out the voucher and send it in. A copy will be mailed directly to you, courtesy of the foundation.


We’re thrilled that the convening coincides with Pride Week in San Francisco, one of the largest celebrations of LGBT culture in the world. This week-long festival of parties and events is traditionally held the last week in June to commemorate the legacy of the Stonewall Riots.

In addition to the all-inclusive parade down Market street on Sunday morning, numerous activities will take place throughout the city. There is a Trans March on the Friday before the parade and the Dyke March on Saturday, both of which originate in the beautiful surroundings of Dolores Park. We suggest visiting for more information and helpful tips should you plan on being in the city longer than the dates of the convening. Also worth a visit is the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. The Center holds regular performances and exhibitions throughout the year, and will no doubt be a busy hub for Pride activities.

This historic photo was taken by Alan Bistry, capturing the 1976 SF Pride Parade.