Día De Los Muertos
Curated by Rio Yañez
SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, beginning in mid-October and concluding around the time of the holiday itself, is a long-standing and beloved San Francisco tradition. Originated by visionary community artist and activist René Yañez, this exhibition honors René’s legacy as his son and curator Rio Yañez continues to illuminate the connection between the personal and the political through Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead is a celebration that is continually in transition, as curator Rio Yañez encourages artists to extend beyond the traditional altar in order to look at personal loss, as well as local and global issues. In past years artists have created installations about contemporary issues including health care, the presidential election, gentrification and displacement, police brutality and immigration.
Every year, SOMArts welcomes students from over 30 classrooms to learn about the traditional and contemporary celebrations of Día de los Muertos. In addition to a docent tour of the gallery exhibition, students have the opportunity to create their own artwork in response to the themes of the exhibition.
SOMArts Curatorial Residency Program
The SOMArts Curatorial Residency Program is a unique opportunity for emerging artists and curators to execute their bold vision for SOMArts’ Main Gallery space. The support provided by the Curatorial Residency enables artists to continue their professional development, form new creative partnerships, and engage diverse communities through programming that serves SOMArts’ mission.
Artists and curators selected for the program receive project grants up to $5,000, exhibition space in the SOMArts Main Gallery, installation, technical and event production support, and community engagement and public relations support from SOMArts’ experienced staff. Three residencies are awarded each season and are designed to support emerging and mid‐career artists, as well as artists exploring new and challenging ideas. This 9-month incubator has supported a wide range of artists, curators and cultural communities ranging from The Third Muslim (curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed, 2018), Visions into Infinite Archives (curated by Black Salt Collective, 2016), WorkMORE! #6 (curated by Mica Sigourney, 2014) to Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After The War (curated by Roxana Leiva, 2013). Learn more about the SOMArts Curatorial Residency here.
SOMArts Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists
For over a decade, SOMArts has provided administrative support and financial oversight to a small, thoughtfully selected group of emerging not-for-profit organizations and projects ranging from a few thousand to more than one million dollars in annual activity. SOMArts’ fiscal sponsorship program ensures funding agencies and contributors that funds received on behalf of sponsored projects are well-managed and disbursed according to the grant proposal and guidelines.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Grant submissions and fundraising can begin only after a project has been approved.
SOMArts will consider projects for fiscal sponsorship if they are:
- Arts-related, including projects of all disciplines as well as community-based art projects
- Serving the SOMArts community
- Serious in intent and well-planned
- Based in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Showing potential for future growth and development
Fiscal sponsorship benefits:
- Sponsorship of grant applications and administration of grant funds and individual donor contributions
- Monitoring of expenditures to ensure they are in keeping with original funding proposals, contracts or funding letters
- Staff consultation on writing of grants and final reports to funders
- General guidance about possible funding sources
- Discounts on rehearsal and meeting space in SOMArts’ classrooms
SOMArts is proud to have supported the following artist-led initiatives in the past. Thanks in part to SOMArts’ support, many of these programs and initiatives have gone on to receive funding and recognition from regional and national arts institutions. Click the links below to learn more about initiatives that SOMArts has supported recently: