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Bay Area Arts & Culture Top Nonprofit Countdown: Highlighting Nonprofits #6-10

September 25th, 2010 by Erinn Andrews Leave a reply »

Of course, there are more than just 5 art organizations making a major impact on the Bay Area arts and culture scene. Here is some more information about the great work and impact top nonprofits #6-10 are making.

#6 Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks engages over 40,000 youth in the Bay Area in spoken word performances, writing workshops, and literary education programs and inspires them to find their voice and be positive change agents through the arts. They work with youth on literacy, creativity, self-expression, and awareness/respect of people different from oneself. Read more about them here.

#7 Oberlin Dance Collective

ODC, a premiere modern dance company has, over its nearly 40 years of existence, provided resources, venues, technical assistance, and promotion to thousands of dance, music, and theatre companies as well as individual dancers, visual artists, choreographers, composers, performance artists, and technicians. It is unique in the US in creating an integrated teaching, rehearsal, workshop, and performance venue serving not only its core company but was developed with the goal of sharing it with the entire community. Read more about them here.

#8 San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony’s impact can be measured by the number of concerts performed, the quality of the concerts, the audience size, their radio broadcasts, the Keeping Score TV/DVD/Website project on PBS, the Adventures in Music Program, the SFS Media CD project (e.g. all the Mahler symphonies) and their national and international touring. The SF Symphony is one of the most recognized and best performing organizations in the world. Read more about them here.

#9 Joe Goode Performance Group

The Joe Goode Performance Group is a leader in the LGBT dance and theater company scene and broke new ground 20 years ago bringing LGBT issues into the mainstream. Joe Goode’s work has influenced a whole generation of modern dancers and choreographers since he began showing his innovative, provocative, and often humorous work in the early 1980′s. His company has trained and collaborated with hundreds of artists locally and internationally, creating a reputation for being a hub of contemporary dance-theatre. The organization has collaborated with community agencies such as the Larkin Street Project, and AID’s organizations, when its work delved into the issues of homeless youth and HIV/AIDS. This group produces great dance, offers wonderful workshops for not only dancers but writers, actors–really artists of all kinds. Read more about them here.

#10 Axis Dance Company

Axis includes a community (disabled) that is often marginalized from the performing arts because of facilities limitations and preconceptions about the disabled. Axis changes performers, presenters, and audiences by requiring equal treatment, including critical judgment. This is not “charitable” inclusion; it’s inclusion that results in greater unique creativity. The vocabulary of dance and partnering are forever changed. Exploring the human condition–struggles and triumphs–are often at the heart of artistic work. Axis is fearless in showing both awe-inspiring strength and heart-wrenching vulnerability. Read more about them here.

And there’s so much more! View our entire list of top 21 Bay Area arts and culture nonprofits here: and dig deeper to review what experts had to say about each organization. Especially if you are a Bay Area resident, we hope you will add arts and culture to your list of great causes to support this holiday season. You can feel confident that your donation is going to support an outstanding group of nonprofits making a real impact in arts and culture in your community.


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