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Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center

Posted by on Jan 29 2016 | 2012, 2015, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

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Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center
2015 – $10,000 Market Street Prototyping Festival
2012 – $5,000 Tenderloin National Forest

The 509 Cultural Center was founded in 1987 and has created community-based arts programs at the Luggage Store Gallery since the 1990s. Both Institutions have promoted many Bay Area artists of color, and provide the low-income Central Market and Tenderloin residents the opportunity to participate in the neighborhood’s cultural life.

Tenderloin National Forest
The Tenderloin National Forest (TNF) is an unexpected oasis of 3,400 square feet of  beautifully landscaped community commons and green space gardens. The TNF provides needed respite in the San Francisco Tenderloin’s dense urban landscape and offers a striking contrast to much of the neighborhood. The TNF is available for use by the general public  for community gatherings/celebrations; reflection and respite; as a creative space for innovative public art projects; and as an educational resource.

The TNF was a former dead end alley, known as Cohen Place (off Ellis Street, between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets), enclosed by mutli-story buildings and was formerly used as dumping grounds and space for illicit activities. The Luggage Store, also known as The 509 Cultural Center, transformed and maintains the alley.

Market Street Prototyping Festival
The Luggage Store continued to support the residents and culture of the Central Market and Tenderloin districts by creating installations and programming for the
2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival. Projects included the PPlanter, an ecologically friendly public restroom prototype, equipped with light and sound installations by Lighthouse Studio, as well as performances and community engagement activities by artists Paul Benney, Amara Tabor-Smith and Michael Swaine.


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Jennifer Wolch

Posted by on Jul 26 2012 | 2012, Ecology, Education, Fellows, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Jennifer Wolch
2012 Fellow

The challenges of building healthier and more sustainable cities motivate the research of Jennifer Wolch, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED). Before coming to UC Berkeley to serve as CED’s first woman dean, Wolch directed the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, where she conducted research on urban sprawl, metropolitan planning, and access to parks and open space. Her work done in collaboration with colleagues, students, and community-based organizations, included investigations into urban homelessness; formulating alternatives to sprawl; analyses of park and recreational resource access and environmental justice; development of web-based geospatial planning tools for watershed health, habitat conservation, and park space projects; assessments of urban alleys as potential green infrastructure; and studies of how urban design influences physical activity and public health.

In the Bay Area, Wolch continues to work on issues of how to utilize remnant urban land as green infrastructure and how park-adjacent traffic crashes and air pollution deepen environmental justice issues associated with parks and open space. She has also initiated investigations into issues of park access and urban ecology in Chinese cities.


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Michael Swaine

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | 2012, Art, Fellows, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Type, Grantees by Year

Michael Swaine
2012 Fellow

Michael Swaine is an inventor and designer working in many media. His work is collaborative in nature and has been included in exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco.

He is currently building the Free Mending Library in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.  It is a library for fixing the holes in our lives—a place to borrow thread and sewing machines and talk about life.  He has been sewing, hemming and mending for free in the Tenderloin on the 15th of every month since 2001 – the year of his Generosity Project for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Swaine teaches at California College of the Arts, Mills College and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | 2012, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

2012 – $5,000 Seed Circus

The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. Using radio, blogs, film, and live events, the Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with information, land, and each other.

America wants more young farmers and more young farmers want a piece of America. We know it will take millions of these rough and ready protagonists of place to care for our ecosystems and serve our country healthy food in the years to come. The Greenhorns enable this critical meeting between minds, bodies, and land by helping young and aspiring farmers to navigate career paths, build skills, and connect with each other. Our multifaceted approach includes on-the-ground organizing of events and workshops, media production, and online coalition building.

The Seed Circus is a series of cultural events engages attendees in tactile, sensual, and cacophonous experiences containing elements of country fair, circus, adult education, and child-centered sport as entry points into advocating for an alive and vital farm economy.  Its purpose is to build capacity on farms for functionality and agrarian celebration.  More widely it is meant to trigger greater understanding of the young farmers movement.  It functions as a series of multi-stage performances, interactive work stations, public acts of improvisation, lectures, films, and interpretive agricultural exhibits.   Seed Circus’ have taken place in New York and Oakland, CA.  Plans are in the works for a Seed Circus in Washington DC in September 2013.



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Critical Mass

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | 2012, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Critical Mass
2012 – $5,000 20th Aniversary Celebration

Critical Mass got started in September 1992 in San Francisco as a way to bring cyclists together in a festive re-claiming of public space. Beginning rather under a less catchy name—the Commute Clot—the ride drew an initial crowd of 60 cyclists, and these numbers doubled for several months following.

Critical Mass has continued and grown in San Francisco, drawing hundreds from month to month, with typical rides around 1,500 to 2,000 (an all-time high on the 2002 10th anniversary is rumored to have been 10,000 cyclists!), but it has spread to over 300 other cities as well. For example, two dozen Italian cities have vibrant Critical Masses now, with Rome leading the way. In 2012, bicyclists in Brazil staged Critical Masses in over 20 cities to dramatize a surge of cyclist deaths in that country’s car-centric streets. With independent rides springing up all over the place, Critical Mass has begun to take on the character of a large scale, decentralized grassroots movement!

September 2012 celebrates 20 years since the first Critical Mass took place in San Francisco.  A week long series of events and rides are planned.  The Seed Fund grant will support documentation of the events including a publication and original poster and sticker art.


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San Francisco Children in Nature Forum

Posted by on Jun 15 2012 | 2012, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

San Francisco Children in Nature Forum
2012 – $5,500 General Support

The San Francisco Children in Nature (SFCiN) Forum brings together educators, program directors, recreation and parks staff, health care and urban planning professionals towards the end of ensuring that all San Franciscan childhoods flourish with access to quality outdoor experience. The mission is to inspire city agencies, schools and communities to nurture, empower, and engage children, youth and families in their relationships with urban nature in San Francisco.

Participating programs and agencies include: the YMCA of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Kids in Parks, the Randall Museum, preschools and child development centers.

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Walk San Francisco

Posted by on Jun 13 2012 | 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, Architecture, Ecology, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year


Walk San Francisco
2016 – $10,000 Green Connections
2014 – $10,000 Vision Zero
2013 – $10,000 General Support
2012 – $6,000 General Support

Walk San Francisco speaks up for safer, more pleasant streets for everyone to walk on. Walk SF and its members are reclaiming San Francisco streets as shared public space to enjoy – through education and policy advocacy – working with elected leaders, city agencies and residents.

In 2012, Walk SF’s winning school zone campaign made San Francisco the first big city in California to create 15-mile-per-hour school zones citywide, making streets safer in neighborhoods around 180 schools. Walk SF is also working on a Pedestrian Action Plan to reduce pedestrian injuries and increase walking and a network of “Green Connections” to enable more residents to walk easily to parks and open space.

Green Connections
Walk SF strives to redefine streets as safe, shared public spaces for civic life, as opposed to speedways for cars. Green Connections are streets that connect people to parks, open space, and the waterfront throughout San Francisco. This planned 115-mile, 24-route network will encourage more people to get outside on foot by transforming ordinary streets into safe, inviting places for people and nature. Traffic calming and traffic diverters will increase walkability; low-impact development for stormwater management and plants will attract and support the area’s biodiversity; community members will be invited to bring art to the streets.

Walk to Work Day
WalkSF will add a physical presence in the City, with hubs where people can meet, a media event, and more. This is an excellent way to build the voice for better walking in the city, as people are encouraged to note what they see on their commute – what works and what doesn’t, what’s attractive, what’s dangerous – creating new advocates with every step.

Vision Zero
In 2014, WalkSF is building on the momentum of the Pedestrian Strategy combined with a recent spike in pedestrian injuries and fatalities through Vision Zero—Zero traffic fatalities in 10 years. Under Vision Zero, no loss of life on city roadways is acceptable, due to the preventable nature of these tragedies. Vision Zero was launched and proven doable by Sweden, and in recent years, both Chicago and New York City followed suit.

Through proven strategies, Walk San Francisco will engage community partners and the City to adopt and implement “the 5 E’s”—engineering safer streets, enforcing the most dangerous driving behaviors, educating drivers on how to prevent collisions, evaluating progress to modify efforts when needed, and engaging communities—to fulfill the Vision Zero goal. Together, these 5 E’s can shift the current paradigm from one where traffic collisions as perceived as “accidents,” to one where all roadway users respect one another and co-exist on a safe roadway network.


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Megan and Rick Prelinger

Posted by on May 31 2012 | 2012, Education, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Megan & Rick Prelinger
2012 Fellows

The Prelinger Library is a private research library open to the public co-founded by Megan and Rick Prelinger. It houses more than forty thousand books and other print artifacts on North American technology, regional & land use history, media & cultural studies, including a space history collection.

Megan Prelinger is an independent historian and a lifelong collector of space history ephemera and science fiction literature.

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. He also founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 51,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002. Rick has partnered with the Internet Archive to make 2,000 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse.


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Livable City

Posted by on May 25 2011 | 2011, 2012, 2013, Architecture, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Livable City
2013 – $10,000 Play Streets for All
2012 – $5,000 Permanent Sunday Streets Route in the Mission
2011 – $5,000 Permanent Sunday Streets Route in the Mission

Livable City is a sustainable transportation and land use advocacy non-profit in San Francisco that works to create a city of great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, and where public spaces are beautiful, well designed and maintained. They use an integrated approach to define livability that includes transportation and land use advocacy, development of policies for public space and best practices with a goal of creating a safer, healthier and more livable San Francisco.In 2008, Livable City partnered with the Mayor’s office and the Department of Public Health to produce San Francisco’s first two Sunday Streets events, which created several miles of car-free space for walking, cycling, jogging and organized recreational activities. Sunday Streets proved to be a huge success, and the program grew to six events in 2009 and nine events in both 2010 and 2011. Sunday Streets has provided recreational opportunities to tens of thousands of San Franciscans and visitors, focusing on neighborhoods that lack these opportunities. Benefits include local economic development, neighborhood commercial vitality, community building and neighborhood engagement, and a catalyst for neighborhood conversations about reclaiming streets on a temporary or permanent basis.Play Streets for All
Play Streets for All (PSFA) trains and supports local organizers to produce smaller open streets events – called Play Streets – in their communities. The idea behind this effort is to build local leadership and increase the number, location and frequency of car-free events in San Francisco.  PSFA program objectives are to (1) simplify the permit application process, (2) identify, contact and train PSFA organizers, (3) provide technical assistance to PSFA organizers during the event organizing process and (4) create a replicable PSFA organizing model that can be shared throughout the Bay Area.


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Headlands Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jun 01 2010 | 2011, 2012, 2015, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Headlands Center for the Arts
2015 – $15,000 Climate Change Summit
2012 – $10,000 Architecture/Environment Resident, Mathilde Cassani
2011 – $10,000 Architecture/Environment Resident, Liam Young

Headlands Center for the Arts (HCA) provides intensive residency experiences to an international community of artists working across artistic disciplines. The peer-to-peer learning model made possible by the communal nature of Headlands programs aims to create a dynamic, creative environment that inspires the generation of new ideas, collaboration and new works of art.

HCA supports and invests in individuals at the cutting edge of their fields, whose work will impact the cultural landscape at large. They provide these artists with the support and opportunity to take their work to the next level and to explore and experiment, while bringing artists and thinkers into a dynamic community of local, national, and international artists.

Climate Change Summit
Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to facilitating cross-disciplinary connections in order to seed new projects and collaborations and foster public discourse on a wide range of relevant cultural, social and environmental topics. Over the course of four days in August 2016, fifteen artists, writers, policy makers and scientists were invited to participate in a live/work residency at Headlands where they presented, discussed, and exchanged ideas about many issues pertaining to climate change.  This culminated in a public program summarizing the key ideas, findings and positions local, national and international participants developed during the four day intensive.


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