San Francisco Foundation launched the Bay Area Creative Corps Program (BACC), in partnership with the California Arts Council’s statewide pilot initiative, the California Creative Corps (CCC), established by a one-time $60 million investment from the State of California General Fund. SFF is one of 14 partners with the CAC across the state that are designing programs unique to the strengths and needs of their particular region.
The primary goal of the CCC is to lift up the essential role of artists and cultural practitioners as a workforce that is essential to advancing equity and well-being across California through creative and culturally-relevant problem-solving in key sectors. The work of the BACC will be focused on communities that are facing some of the highest barriers to environmental safety, civic participation, access to healthcare, and other social goods needed to build equitable opportunities for all. (The CAC defines the priority communities as those ranking the lowest 25 percent of the California Healthy Places Index within the issue areas named above.)
The Bay Area Creative Corps (BACC) program is looking for organizations eager to collaborate with artist activists, cultural strategists, and resilient culture keepers to create and/or deepen community-informed solutions in the areas of Civic Engagement, Environmental Sustainability & Resilience, Housing/Immigrant/Workers Rights, and Public Health. Activities in these issue areas will take place in priority communities in eight counties of the Bay Area region— that is, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma counties.
Specific calls to artists and cultural practitioners rooted in priority communities and interested in strategizing with issue area organizations will be launched later this spring 2023. Stay tuned for program updates by emailing Sabrina Cupid, BACC Program Assistant at scupid[at]sff.org to be added to our mailing list.