Mission: To generate culture that moves people and is a catalyst for change.
About the organization: Founded in 1987 in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts works to reimagine the role that an arts institution can play in the community. The center, which opened in 1993 as "a creative home for civic action," features the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, a flexible, 6,700-square-foot YBCA Forum, and a small screening room where work spanning contemporary art, performance, and film is hosted and showcased.
Current programs: The organization's programs include the YBCA Fellows program, which brings together creative individuals from across the Bay Area — artists, activists, community members, and members of the public — to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation. Cohorts work together to develop projects that advance community transformation culture and foster public inspiration, imagination, and participation. YBCA's community programs include partnerships with youth organizations, community groups like the Healthy Corner Store Coalition of San Francisco, and schools — for instance, a project that uses art and community gardening as vehicles for local Filipino youth to advance "food justice and cultural memory."
With the goal of placing artists and their enterprises at the center of community investment strategies, YBCA's CultureBank program collaborates with artists and donors to define, test, and scale creative artists-first investment strategies focused on the health and resilience of neighborhoods that have been left out of traditional community investments.
Website: Visitors to the YBCA site can learn more about how to engage with the organization, explore stories of how artists help lay the groundwork for shared health and prosperity through the CultureBank program, keep up with the latest news, or browse the archives. They also can read about YBCA artists, check out the calendar for upcoming performances and exhibitions, an/or support the organization.
Funding: YBCA is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, ticket sales, and venue rental fees.