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About

Because we believe in supporting artists’ dreams, SOMArts created the Curatorial Residency program in 2010 to give emerging curators and artists the opportunity to execute their vision for socially conscious and experimental exhibitions in our Main Gallery space. Now in its eighth season of groundbreaking exhibitions, we are joining forces with the SOMArts and Kickstarter communities to keep this vital incubator alive and expand the resources we’re able to provide curators-in-residence.

Every dollar you donate goes directly to support these three original exhibitions curated at SOMArts. The performances, installations and artworks that are part of each show demonstrate the passion, talent and skill of the Bay Area’s beloved artists. Every dollar you give allows us to support artists to realize their wildest dreams.

Jeepneys performance at Visions into Infinite Archives opening reception, curated by Black Salt Collective
Jeepneys performance at Visions into Infinite Archives opening reception, curated by Black Salt Collective

About the exhibitions

We are working to bring to life the next season of exhibitions and projects by our curators-in-residence, including: 

  • Game Recognize Game: A participatory exhibition inviting audiences to reimagine the possibility of sport as an emancipatory project, curated by Dania Cabello. 
  • The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim narratives of resistance and resilience, curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed. 
  • Diasporic Alchemy: A multi-sensory exhibition, transforming ancestral traditions into ritual futurisms through the co-creation of new global mythos, curated by Louis Chinn and missTANGQ.

In the midst of “alternative facts” that normalize hateful rhetoric and policy decisions, now more than ever it’s crucial to support exhibitions like these that provide a platform for diverse artists to tell their own stories. Each of these multi-disciplinary exhibitions will leverage the power of art to bring people together across difference and facilitate conversation on pressing social issues like access to public space, the relationship between identity and religion, and global migration.

Glammorgeddon: The Spectacle, photo by Timothy Andrew Photography
Glammorgeddon: The Spectacle, photo by Timothy Andrew Photography

We hope you’ll join us in amplifying the voices of artists who are still fighting to create a more equitable Bay Area!

“It is difficult to find a venue to really experiment with artistic ideas and I very much appreciate SOMArts' openness to doing this. It is a valuable resource to artists who want to do things outside the increasingly corporate / business arts model and engage in critique.” —Johanna Poethig, Curator, Glammorgeddon: The Spectacle, SOMArts Curatorial Residency Recipient 2015.

What will your contribution support? 

  • Three multidisciplinary exhibitions conceived entirely by artist curators as part of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. 
  • Increased stipends to support the work of each curator-in-residence. 
Image selections from Visions into Infinite Archives, curated by Black Salt Collective; Timeless Motion, curated by Kerry Laitala, Antonella Bonfanti, Kathleen Quillian, Scott Stark and Mark Wilson; and A Place of Her Own, curated by Cynthia Tom
Image selections from Visions into Infinite Archives, curated by Black Salt Collective; Timeless Motion, curated by Kerry Laitala, Antonella Bonfanti, Kathleen Quillian, Scott Stark and Mark Wilson; and A Place of Her Own, curated by Cynthia Tom

About SOMArts

Every day brings a new story about artists being displaced from San Francisco, historic spaces being lost, and communities scattered as a result of gentrification. As a hub for socially conscious and experimental art in San Francisco, we know that the arts community here is still very much alive. If given the support and resources they need, artists have the potential to innovate solutions to the pressing social concerns facing our communities today.

Founded in 1979, SOMArts is a Cultural Center for the 21st Century, providing radically accessible opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect over the power of art. We provide artists, activists and community members with opportunities and space to incubate groundbreaking creative programs that will change the world tomorrow, ensuring that artists remain a vital part of San Francisco’s cultural fabric and identity.

More about the residency program

Participants
 receive generous project grants, a 5-week 
exhibition
 
in 
the 
SOMArts
 Main 
Gallery,
 and professional mentorship and support from SOMArts’ dedicated staff members.
 With three residencies
 awarded
 each
 season, recent exhibitions include Black Salt Collective’s Visions into Infinite Archives; Touch On curated by James Fleming and Kelly Lovemonster; and We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work curated by Maxine Holloway and Javier Luis Hurtado.

Why Now?

SOMArts is at a critical juncture in the life of the organization. With new leadership in Executive Director Maria Jenson, and 35+ years of experience, we're doubling down on SOMArts' commitment to supporting the artists and communities most impacted by gentrification and displacement. Now more than ever, it is vitally important that artists are given space and support to incubate creative visions that will bring people together across difference and inspire positive social change. It is our belief in the power of artists' dreams that motivates the SOMArts Curatorial Residency program.

As the program enters its eighth season, we're uniquely poised to grow the public programs in conjunction with residency exhibitions and increase funding and mentorship provided to recipients of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency.

Why Kickstarter?

Since the organization's founding in 1979, SOMArts has been sustained by grassroots community support. We're proud of our long history as a beloved community arts institution, and now we're offering another opportunity to get involved (and invested) in the success of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. Let's show the world that the Bay Area still cares about community-based art spaces!

Video song credit: "Insula" by SOMArts Curatorial Residency recipient Jyun Jyun (aka Louis Chinn) 

Risks and challenges

The SOMArts Curatorial Residency is a growing program with a strong track-record of community support. As the Kickstarter launches, we have already begun intensive mentorship with the 2017–2018 recipients of the Curatorial Residency. There’s much that needs to be done to ensure successful exhibitions—artist support, tech and production, further fundraising, and working with our community partners—but with your encouragement and $15K raised in support of the exhibitions, we’re confident we will produce three incredible exhibitions in the 2017–2018 season!

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