Community Investments Committee Meeting (Remote)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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    This meeting is being held by teleconference pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 and AB361 and the Fifth Supplement to the Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency.

    During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency, the Arts Commission’s regular meeting room, Veteran's War Memorial Building, Room 125, is closed. Meetings of the Arts Commission will convene remotely.

    To stay informed about the latest news on COVID-19, visit and sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates by texting COVID19SF to 888-777.

    Arts Commissioners: Charles Collins, Chair; Nabiel Musleh, Roberto Ordeñana, Linda Parker Pennington, Marcus Shelby, Janine Shiota, Debra Walker


    1. Roll Call

      The San Francisco Arts Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the Ramaytush Community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples. As a department dedicated to promoting a diverse and equitable Arts and Culture environment in San Francisco, we are committed to supporting the traditional and contemporary evolution of the American Indian community. 

    2. General Public Comment


      (This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s consideration.)

    3. Arts Impact Endowment, Arts Hub 

      Presentation and Discussion

      Presentation and discussion on the Arts Impact Endowment’s Arts Hub grantee.

      Staff Presenter: Deputy Director Joanne Lee
      Community Presenter: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

    4. CIC Committee Meetings


      Discussion and possible motion to change the regular meeting day for the Commission’s Community Investments Committee from the second Tuesday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month.

      Staff Presenter: Deputy Director of Programs Joanne Lee

    5. Special Project Grants


      Staff Presenter: Deputy Director Joanne Lee

      1. Discussion and possible motion to approve recommendations to award thirteen (13) Special Project Grants, funded by District Supervisor Add-Backs and Mayoral enhancements to the following organizations and to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into grant agreements with each organization for amounts not to exceed the following at this time:

      1. District 1 – Clement Street Merchants Association (Fiscal Sponsor: Richmond District Neighborhood Center Inc.), $17,000 over two years to support a neighborhood and community-focused art walk in a District 1 commercial corridor.
      2. District 2 and 3 – San Francisco Historical Society, $100,000 over one year to support the development of programs focused on the history of the City of San Francisco.
      3. District 4 – ArtSpan, $30,000 over one year to support a new part-time staff member to develop community arts activities in the sunset neighborhood.
      4. District 5 – Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (Fiscal Sponsor: Intersection for the Arts), $42,500 over two years to support the administrative infrastructure and capacity building of the organization.
      5. District 5 – Mission Art 415, Inc., $45,000 over one year to support creating art on exterior surfaces and dining parklets under a lead artist’s mentorship.
      6. District 9 – San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition (Fiscal Sponsor: Galeria Studio 24), $300,000 over two years to support the hiring of four (4) fellows to develop partnerships with the San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition and the Latino Task Force Coalition.
      7. District 9 – Galeria Studio 24, $225,000 over two years to support a mini-grant program to artists in the Mission.    
      8. Citywide – Theatre Bay Area, $40,000 over two years to support arts services to artists and theatre organizations to assist the field in reopening.
      9. Citywide – Arts for a Better Bay Area (Fiscal Sponsor: SOMArts), $40,000 over two years to support arts services and an annual convening for artists and arts organizations. 
      10. Citywide – American Indian Film Institute, $42,500 over two years to support the production costs for the 47th annual American Indian Film Festival.
      11. Citywide – The Cultural Conservancy Scared Land Foundation, $42,500 over two years to support the development of community arts, media, and resource sharing opportunities through Native arts exhibitions of Native artists.
      12. Citywide – Uphill Arts (Fiscal Sponsor: Independent Arts & Media), $112,000 over two years to support an arts-based curriculum for youth to address issues and outcomes of illegal tagging and unsanctioned graffiti.
      13. Citywide – Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (Fiscal Sponsor: Intersection for the Arts), $30,000 over one year to support organizational infrastructure and a half-day mini conference on promising practices in arts-based afterschool programming for youth.
    6. Staff Update


      Staff Presenter: Director of Community Investments Denise Pate

    7. New Business and Announcements


      (This item is to allow the Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for consideration, to report on recent arts activities and to make announcements.) 

    8. Adjournment


    Date & Time

    Tuesday, February 8, 2022
    1:00 pm


    Please click the link for the recording of the meeting.
    February 8, 2022 Recording


    February 8, 2022 Slide Presentation

    February 8, 2022 Community Investments Meeting Minutes




    Agenda originally posted on 2/3/2022, 2:08 p.m., CED
    Minutes originally posted on 2/22/2022, 7:11 p.m., CED
    Minutes updated on 3/10/2022, 10:24 a.m., CED
    Minutes approved: 3/7/22 CED

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    Written comments

    Written comments

    The public is encouraged to submit comments by emailing to This email address will be monitored until Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. All comments received by the deadline will be read aloud by Arts Commission staff up to the three minutes maximum allotted to each commenter. In the subject line of your email, indicate the meeting date and item number. Note: if your public comment statement is read aloud by Arts Commission staff during an agenda item, this will count as your one opportunity for public comment on that specific item. You will not be able to raise your hand to make additional public comment on the same item if your statement has already been read aloud.  

    Spoken comments

    Spoken comments

    Public comment in regard to specific agenda items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. Each speaker may speak for up to three minutes per agenda item, unless the Chair has announced a different length of time at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers may not transfer their time to another person. Any person speaking during a public comment period may supply a written summary of their comments to be included in the minutes if it is 150 words or less. Staff will ask for real-time public comment before reading emailed comments to ensure all members of the public have an opportunity to comment in real time.

    Agenda Item Information / Materials Available

    Agenda Item Information / Materials Available

    Each item on the agenda may include the following documents: 

    1) Department or Agency or report; 

    2) Public correspondence; 

    3) Other explanatory documents. 

    During the pendency of the closure of the Commission’s offices during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order and related disruptions to on-site business processes, explanatory documents listed above, as well as documents created or distributed after the posting of this agenda to the Arts Commission will be available only electronically, please contact: PLEASE NOTE: The Arts Commission often receives documents created or submitted by other City officials, agencies or departments after the posting of the Arts Commission agenda. For such documents or presentations, members of the public may wish to contact the originating agency if they seek documents not yet provided to the Arts Commission. 

    Meeting procedures

    Meeting procedures

    1. Agenda items will normally be heard in order. Please note, that on occasion a special circumstance may necessitate that an agenda item be taken out of order. To ensure that an agenda item is not missed, it is advised to arrive at the beginning of the meeting. All agenda changes will be announced by the Chair at the top of the meeting. 

    2. Public comment will be taken before or during the Committee’s consideration of each agenda item. Each speaker will be allowed to speak for the time allotted by the Chair at the top of the meeting or up to three (3) minutes.  

    3. During General Public Comment, members of the public may address the Commissioners on matters that are within the Arts Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on the agenda. 

    4. Any person speaking during a public comment period may supply a brief written summary of their comments, which shall, if no more than 150 words, be included in the official file. Written comments pertaining to this meeting should be submitted to

    Electronic devices prohibited

    Electronic devices prohibited

    The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting, except as necessary to participate remotely. The Chair may order the exclusion from participation of any person responsible for improper disruptions to this remote meeting. 

    Sunshine Ordinance

    Sunshine Ordinance

    Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact by mail to Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415-554 7724; by fax at 415-554 7854; or by email at

    Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet,

    Lobbyist registration and reporting requirements

    Lobbyist registration and reporting requirements

    Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100-2.160) to register and report lobbying activity.

    For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone 415/252-3100, fax 415/252-3112 and

    Accessibility Meeting Policy

    Accessibility Meeting Policy

    Accessibility Meeting Policy 

    Per the American Disabilities Act and the Language Access Ordinance, Chinese, Spanish, and/or American Sign Language interpreters will be available upon request. Additionally, every effort will be made to provide a sound enhancement system, meeting materials in alternative formats, and/or a reader. Minutes may be translated after they have been adopted by the Commission. For all these requests, please contact at least 48 hours before the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. The hearing room is wheelchair accessible. 


    根據美國殘疾人士法案和語言服務條例,中文、西班牙語、和/或美國手語翻譯人員在收到要求後將會提供翻譯服務。另外,我們將盡力提供擴音設備。同時也將會提供不同格式的會議資料, 和/或者提供閱讀器。此外,翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電 sfac.grants@sfgov.org向 提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。聽證室設有輪椅通道。 


    De acuerdo con la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (American Disabilities Act) y la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas (Language Access Ordinance) intérpretes de chino, español, y lenguaje de señas estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. En adición, se hará todo el esfuerzo posible para proveer un sistema mejoramiento de sonido, materiales de la reunión en formatos alternativos, y/o proveer un leedor. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. Para solicitar estos servicios, favor contactar por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible. La sala de audiencia es accesible a silla de ruedas. 

    Patakaran para sa pag-access ng mga Miting 

    Ayon sa batas ng American Disabilities Act at ng Language Access Ordinance, maaring mag-request ng mga tagapagsalin wika sa salitang Tsino, Espanyol at/o sa may kapansanan pandinig  sa American Sign Language. Bukod pa dito, sisikapin gawan ng paraan na makapaglaan ng gamit upang lalong pabutihin ang inyong pakikinig, maibahagi ang mga kaganapan ng miting sa iba't ibang anyo, at/o isang tagapagbasa. Ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Sa mga ganitong uri ng kahilingan, mangyari po lamang makipag ugnayan kay Magbigay po lamang ng hindi bababa sa 48 oras na abiso bago ng miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng tanggapin. Ang silid ng pagpupulungan ay accessible sa mga naka wheelchair. 

    Disability Access 

    Disability Access 

    To obtain a disability‐related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact, at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday. 

    Last updated September 12, 2023