CounterPulse is the home for grassroots arts and culture in San Francisco. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization offers subsidized rehearsal and rental space for artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, while operating a fiscal sponsorship program for local creative projects, and supporting the creation of new artistic work through their notable artist in residence program.
The organization was born out of the merger of 848 Community Space and the Bay Area Center for Art and Technology, established in 1991 and 1985 respectively. Their partnership combined 848’s strength as a cutting-edge performance space with BACAT’s expertise in literary, historical, and media arts. Ever since CounterPulse has been supporting risk-taking art and serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture.
Their programs include Performing Diaspora, a festival, residency program, and symposium featuring dance, music, theater, media and interdisciplinary artists who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation.
The've also established a thriving Artist Residency Commissioning Program which offers emerging performing artists the space, and administrative and technical support needed to create new work, while supporting experimentation and risk-taking by lifting many of the responsibilities associated with self-production. Two artists will be selected for their upcoming season, culminating in two weeks of performances in October 2015.
Twice annually CounterPulse also curates and presents a critically acclaimed season of events co-produced with local and touring artists. They partner with independent producers and artists by offering access to space, resources, and production support at subsidized rates.
For more information on these and other programs, as well as their numerous classes and workshops, visit their website: counterpulse.org
Photos by Ian Douglas, Steven Schreiber, Nadhi Thekkek, DavEnd and Jun Akiyama.