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Artist Calls and Opportunities: Southern Exposure Invites Applications for Alternative Exposure Grants


Southern Exposure is a San Francisco-based artist-centered nonprofit committed to supporting visual artists. Through extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate, and further educate while providing a resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in its Mission District space, as well as off site.

Through its Alternative Exposure grant program, SoEx supports the self-organized work of artists and small groups that play such a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. Now in its eighth year, the program provides grants of up to $5,000 to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more.

Projects must run between November 15, 2014, and June 30, 2016.

To be eligible, project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the Bay Area, while the lead organizer must live in San Francisco or Alameda counties.(For groups, additional collaborators may live elsewhere, but the majority of collaborators in the group must live in an eligible county.) Projects may not be a part of the primary programming of an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization; nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply.

To assist applicants, SoEx will be hosting three informational sessions in the Bay Area:

Information Session 1 on August 11, from 6:30 – 8:00pm (PST) at the Southern Exposure offices (3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110).

Information Session 2 on August 20, from 6:30 – 8:00pm at Aggregate Space Gallery (801 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607).

Information Session 3 on September 8, from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the SoEx offices.

Visit the SoEx website for complete program guidelines, information session details, information about past recipients, and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

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