“The helpful, friendly staff at SOMArts helped grow the market from a slapdash gaggle food orgy into something resembling a proper event (although still a food orgy in the best ways).”—Iso Rabins, forageSF Underground Market
SOMArts spaces are available to rent for theatrical productions, community meetings, benefits, social and cultural events. The Cultural Center has three large areas available for public use as well as several smaller meeting areas. We also have studio, dance, classroom and rehearsal space available. Priority is given to activities that are suitable to SOMArts’ artistic mission and role as caretaker of a city-owned cultural facility, and events produced by nonprofits and other cultural producers.
In order to help us respond quickly to your questions and requests, please fill out a Rental Request Form for each event your are planning. Include as much detail as you can about setup time, attendance, sound and lighting needs you are interested in, and other special needs such as projector, screen, pipe and drape, tables and chairs, et cetera. We will send you a quote and work with you to find the most affordable solutions to make your event a success.
SOMArts can also enhance your event with the construction of a runway, expanded staging, outdoor tents and other additions.
Access to SOMArts space and services is provided at below-market rates through the support of the Affordable Space Program. SOMArts provides support to over 90 nonprofits each year, including six tenant organizations who have office or arts studio space and a wide range of arts and culture sector nonprofits and cultural producers who use the space for student showcases, art auctions, exhibitions, performances and classes. SOMArts also provides a limited amount of free space to nonprofits that offer free professional development opportunities to artists and arts administrators. SOMArts’ 26,190 sq ft space includes a dance studio, two classrooms, a darkroom, a printmaking studio, a theater, two galleries, a theater and a community garden/patio performance space.
Organizations who have participated in the program since 2009 include Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG), HOMEY (Homies Organizing in the Mission to Empower Youth), Laborfest, Flyaway Productions, the Coalition on Homelessness, Children’s After School Arts, Neighborhoods Vision Project, Visual Aid, ArtSpan, San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals and the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.
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