Arts - Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Zaccho Dance Theatre's "Picture Bayview." Photo credit: Jamie DeWolf


The Rainin Foundation envisions a world where Bay Area artists thrive. Our work is rooted in the belief that we can achieve greater impact when we partner with others, share knowledge and leverage resources.

We believe that visionary artists push the boundaries of creative expression, tell diverse stories and reflect on contemporary issues relevant to ourselves and the world around us.

By seeding innovative ideas, investigating practices, examining new models of support and collaborating across sectors, we hope to remove barriers to unleash creativity. Our partnership with grantmaking intermediaries allows our funding to operate closer to the ground, as we share power and decision-making with trusted aligned partners in the community.

Arts Program Snapshot

Arts Grants

We fund artists working in dance, film, public space and theater, and encourage experimentation that boldly moves the field forward.

Audience members raising their hands to engage with an artist presentation at the Exploring Public Art Practices Symposium.

Arts Initiatives

We aim to support artists in ways that will sustain their creative practice in the Bay Area and serve our communities.

Three young Black female dancers performing on Lake Merritt in front of a band including a keyboardist, guitarist and drummer.

Arts Learnings

We invest in research to better understand the Bay Area arts landscape and what artists are facing.

Arts News & Stories

Four people standing closely together, smiling at the camera.
Saying Goodbye To Our Colleague

06/10/2024 | Arts Foundation News

After seven years of dedicated service to the Rainin Foundation, Ted Russell is departing to re-establish his consultant practice where he will continue to support artists.

looking down a line of people who hold a bright red ribbon of fabric above their heads. The sun casts a shadow of them onto the ground.
Grant Opportunity For Temporary Public Art Projects 

05/07/2024 | Arts

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation invites applications for our Open Spaces Program from May 13 through June 10, 2024. This grantmaking program funds artist-driven temporary, place-based public art that engages communities in San Francisco and Oakland around issues relevant to them.

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Foundation Awards 2024 Rainin Arts Fellowship To Four Bay Area Anchor Artists [VIDEO]

04/24/2024 | Arts

Meet the 2024 Rainin Fellows—Adrian L. Burrell (Film), Antoine Hunter, Purple Fire Crow (Dance), Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga (Theater), and TNT Traysikel (Public Space)