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Open Spaces Program Finalists Announced

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is thrilled to announce 12 finalists for our Open Spaces Program, a new public art funding initiative in Oakland and San Francisco. These finalists will each receive a $5,000 honorarium to further develop their proposals. In December, grantees will be selected and will receive awards ranging from $50,000 – $200,000 for their projects.

The Open Spaces Program supports nonprofit organizations and artists to partner to create temporary place-based public art projects that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. The finalists represent an exciting range of artistic practices and their projects explore timely concerns: police brutality, local and global environmental issues, violence against LGBTQ people, displacement and community transformation.

The 12 nonprofit organization and artist teams are:

  • 509 Cultural Center and Constance Hockaday
  • Artist in Residence San Francisco and the People’s Kitchen Collective
  • California College of the Arts and Cassils
  • City Slicker Farms and Binta Ayofemi
  • Exploratorium and Rosten Woo
  • Flux Foundation and Bree Hylkema, Dallas Swindle, Benjamin Carpenter and Chrystie Cappelli
  • Jack London Improvement District and FICTILIS
  • Kearny Street Workshop, Weston Teruya and Kimberley Arteche
  • Southern Exposure and Aaron Gach
  • Support Oakland Artists and Randolph Belle, Jeremy Liu, Brent Bucknum, Karen Cusolito and Sorell Rainu Tsui
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Studio for Urban Projects
  • Zaccho SF and Joanna Haigood

In addition to supporting public art projects, the Open Spaces Program builds the capacity of Bay Area artists to create public art. As part of this initiative, on Saturday, September 10, the Rainin Foundation will host “Exploring Public Art Practices” at the Oakland Museum of California. This free half-day symposium will feature  artist talks, discussions and presentations by 15 local and national artists investigating the shifting field of public artistic practice. See event page for more information and to register.

Top photo: Aerial view of “Block by Block,” part of the Light Up Central Market project, which provided a space to sit and talk and enjoy San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood. Photo credit: Stephanie Secrest.

Adriana Griñó

Adriana Griñó

Program Associate, Arts

Adriana supports the arts team with grantmaking activities, and developing and implementing new initiatives. Read more.


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