Initiatives

The Ramp Gallery

The Ramp Gallery

The Ramp Gallery The Ramp Gallery is an artist-driven exhibition space at SOMArts that is currently accepting applications for two or four-week long solo and group shows. An opportunity for entrepreneurial artists to ramp up their careers by exhibiting at one of San Francisco’s most dynamic hubs for art and community, the high-visibility location of The Ramp Gallery is adjacent to the main entrance of SOMArts and open to all local artists in the Bay Area. Applications for The Ramp Gallery are available in SOMArts’ Main

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Día de Los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos 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. Día de Los Muertos is a celebration that is continually in transition, as curator Rio Yañez encourages

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Curatorial Residencies

Curatorial Residency Program The displacement of Bay Area artists and loss of non-profit arts spaces contributes to an increasingly homogenous and culturally inequitable arts landscape. Artists and community-based organizations contribute to the resilience of communities by creating space for people to come together, share their stories, celebrate beauty, mourn community losses, and transform their thinking. SOMArts provides a platform for artists’ intersectional identities through the Curatorial Residency program — A unique opportunity for emerging curators and artists to gain mentorship and support to execute a large-scale exhibition in

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Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship 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

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Past Initiatives

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:

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