SOMArts partners with artists and other organizations in a variety of ways to fulfill our mission of fostering access to the arts in the Bay Area, including providing below-market-rate rental space for events and exhibitions. If you’re interested in hosting an event at SOMArts, visit our Rentals page for more information. If you have a proposal for creative collaboration, we would love to hear from you! Contact us at

Below is a list of resident organizations that reside within SOMArts, provide ongoing programs for the community, and work collaboratively with the Cultural Center.

ArtSpan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building connections within San Francisco’s visual arts community and between artists and the general public. ArtSpan produces San Francisco Open Studios and Art for Inner City Youth, publishes SF Open Studios: The Guide. ArtSpan also co-presents workshops with SOMArts to help artists build their professional development, and holds an annual exhibition at SOMArts featuring over 400 works of art by SF Open Studios artists.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) supports and nurtures the artistic endeavors of the San Francisco Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander community. Through collaboration, sponsorship, producing and presenting, APICC supports the development and growth of multidisciplinary art and empowers the diverse voices of our community to reflect their unique experiences as Asian Pacific Islanders living in America. APICC, in collaboration with Asian American Women Artists Association, hosts an annual juried exhibition at SOMArts.

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) inspires social change by empowering media makers to create and share diverse stories through art, education and technology. The Neighborhood News Network, a collaboration with BAVC, is a unique news system that broadcasts community-produced news, performances, exhibitions and neighborhood events from local art and cultural centers. Community members develop journalistic skills by accessing the resources of BAVC and SF Commons Public Access Television, and utilize equipment and workstations at SOMArts to broadcast community-produced news, performances, exhibitions and neighborhood events from local art and cultural centers. SOMArts broadcasts around four events annually, live on SF Commons.

Chrysalis Printmaking Studio serves as an artist incubator and provides affordable classes for printmakers, particularly in the areas of relief printing and monotype. The studio also offers a free drop-in class for LGBTQ youth.

Queer Cultural Center is a multi-racial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBT community. By presenting, screening and documenting queer artists’ work, Qcc contributes to the development of a multicultural perspective on the LGBT experience.

San Francisco City Studio classes offer students ages 12–19 an opportunity to work with teaching artists to develop the skills needed to work with clay and internet-based art and technologies. City Studio classes are free of charge to attend and are offered for fourteen weeks, parallel to the public school calendar.

San Francisco Shorin-Ryn Shorinkan Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Dojo teaches karate in the tradition of the old Okinawan masters—as an effective means of self-defense, but more importantly as a philosophy in which to develop the body, mind and spirit to their maximum potential.

Sixth Street Photography Workshop aims to awaken creatively and to help those who are otherwise disempowered to develop a voice.

SOMArts has held previous and ongoing partnerships with the following organizations:

826 Valencia
African American Arts & Cultural Complex
ArtZone 461
Asian American Women’s Art Association
Asian Art Museum
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Bay Area Video Coalition
Bayview Opera House
The Beat Within
California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life
Community Works
Creativity Explored
De Young Museum
Electric Works
Flyaway Productions
Galería de la Raza
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Kala Art Institute
Kearny Street Workshop
Mediate Art Group
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Mission Greenbelt Project
National Council on Aging
OFF Space
Philanthropy by Design
Queer Cultural Center
Rebuilding Together
San Francisco Art Institute: City Studio
San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals
University of California Berkeley
University of San Francisco
Youth Speaks

Image credit: The News Roundtable, photo by Evan Karp.