Promising Start-Ups: Local Arts & Culture

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Art is the imagination expressed through the senses. -Anonymous
Art is the imagination expressed through the senses. -Anonymous

Start-ups can hold the potential to offer innovative or new solutions to existing problems in a field. Therefore, we asked our experts to recommend start-up nonprofits working in their cause. We were interested in organizations that have already had an impact or that have high potential to have an impact in the future. Often, these organizations are just a few years old. How did we get these recommendations?



Year Founded Nonprofit Name Mission
1 2008 Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA
Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA is a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers in the San Francisco Bay Area through knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and partnerships. By supporting today’s emerging models and mindsets, they hope to generate a path for individuals’ meaningful and sustainable work and to stimulate a vibrant, integrated, and evolving arts and culture sector.
2 2009 Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Guided by the principles of openness, collaboration, and resource sharing, our programs promote creativity at the intersection of art, design, sound, and technology. A conduit for multidisciplinary creative exchange, GAFFTA supports the creation and diffusion of works that engage and inspire audiences, and offer meaningful contributions to the global movement that is shaping our collective experience.
3 2008 Teaching Artists Organized
TAO aims to professionalize and advocate for the field, including appropriate pay and benefits for teaching artists, quality professional development, mentoring, and clear pathways for entering the profession. 



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