Our #2 arts and culture nonprofit received an incredible amount of praise from all experts surveyed. Among its many strengths/highlights: its incubator arts grant program has nurtured hundreds of individual artists and fledgling organizations to independence and it attacks issues around race and class head-on.
If you take a look at what playwright, Erin Cressida Wilson, had to say about her experience with Intersection for the Arts, you’ll see that she agrees:
Intersection for the Arts is the most amazing arts organization I’ve ever seen in my life. There are other organizations in this country that say they do what Intersection does, and they are a lot more famous. But only Intersection does it with such complete conviction. They naturally and organically embrace their community through the arts, through theater and their readings, and they don’t discriminate in any way.
You don’t have to be this color or that ethnicity or that gender or sexuality to play on their ball field. For me, as a white woman writing about people on the edge — some of whom are black, straight, gay, Latino — I’ve had a very hard time breaking into some of these more famous institutions because my visual look doesn’t correspond to what I am writing about. This is the only organization in the country that is organically interested in your work and not what grants they can bring in with it.
Meeting Sean [San Jose, Intersection program director] changed my life. Campo [Santo] did my play ‘Hurricane’ before they hooked up with Intersection. I had all but given up making theater because I could not find collaborators in this country. I had met Sean through the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in ’85, and I showed him all my work, including my novella ‘Trail.’ He encouraged me and worked with me closely in turning it into a play for him. And then he was cast in it, and it became a work by Intersection. It was incredibly rewarding because I had all but given up writing.
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