CounterPulse

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Recognized as a top Bay Area Arts & Culture nonprofit in the following years:
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Counterpulse
Headquarters Location: San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1992


Mission: CounterPULSE provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPULSE acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, catalyzing transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.


Tags: bay area, arts and culture, 2012, local, artist support, arts incubator, cultural support, arts programming, lgbt advocacy, activist support


Counterpulse
Story: “CounterPULSE is plugged into current events, community history, and innovative art ranging from dance to video to theater to clown to queer performance art to various hybrids of all of that and more. This is an ambitious organization … Their… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Located in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, CounterPULSE is dedicated to supporting local artists and activists through programming and the renting of its theater, performance space, community center, and gallery for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. They are known for their innovative programming, and creative marketing and fundraising strategies. They are an LGBT advocate and are very successful in effectively collaborating with other community-based organizations. Their mission is to create a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, catalyzing transformation within San Francisco communities and society as whole.
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Leadership
Counterpulse Jessica Robinson Love. Jessica Robinson Love has served CounterPULSE for twelve years. During that time, she has ushered CounterPULSE through a merger and relocation, expanding the organization’s budget ten-fold during her tenure as director. She designed and implemented CounterPULSE’s successful Artist in Residence program, and has curated dozens of performances and workshops. She has also served as guest curator for organizations such as… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Total Revenue:
$975,398


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT counterpulse.org
Phone:
415-626-2060
Facebook:
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Address:
1310 Mission Street
 
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Twitter:
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Counterpulse Story: “CounterPULSE is plugged into current events, community history, and innovative art ranging from dance to video to theater to clown to queer performance art to various hybrids of all of that and more. This is an ambitious organization … Their finger is truly on the pulse.” - Maya G.

“An absolutely necessary and needed space for emerging artists and alternative and experimental art.” - Dudley F.

Expert Reviews of CounterPulse

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Located in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, CounterPULSE is dedicated to supporting local artists and activists through programming and the renting of its theater, performance space, community center, and gallery for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. They are known for their innovative programming, and creative marketing and fundraising strategies. They are an LGBT advocate and are very successful in effectively collaborating with other community-based organizations. Their mission is to create a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, catalyzing transformation within San Francisco communities and society as whole.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

CounterPulse has been successful in creating sustainable and accountable relationships with the many artists they support and work with. They have excellent marketing strategies and use of social media. CounterPulse’s tireless staff and leadership work hand-in-hand to provide artist communities with the best support possible. They do an excellent job of using their resources, however limited, to the largest capacity. They are well connected with grassroots activists, which has positive consequences for their productivity.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

The consideration of off-site presenting may be beneficial when performances demand an audience that larger than their capacity.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Excellent Programming

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Every city should have an organization like CounterPULSE. They are deeply committed to artists and very daring in their approach to a wide range of work. The provide service to the field through training like the Boot Camp that is very worthwhile.
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They have bold programming, and fresh marketing and fundraising strategies that are cutting through the noise.

Strong Collaborative Spirit

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CounterPULSE is a small performance space and presenter. They tend to cater to the LGBT community, but not exclusively. Aesthetically they tend toward post-modern, but again, not exclusively. This is their strongest impact; that they play to their strength, but reach beyond, opening the scope of their work. Their leadership is very strong. They are strong collaborators, leading and following as the situation dictates.

Open-Minded Mission

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Based on my experience as a volunteer for the past couple months, I know that Counter Pulse is not only accessible for people and communities who want to learn about the nonprofit art sector, but Counter Pulse seeks to maintain its mission on rooting itself in excellent and innovative art performances.

High-Quality Art and Performances

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Counter Pulse consistently produces and cultivates high-quality art from emerging artists.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Community Oriented

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They are deliberative in being a place for the LGBT community. Their marketing is personable and they various opportunities for the general public to be involved. There is always a staff on hand to answer questions at the various events.

Excellent Leadership and Staff

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They have excellent leadership.
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They have strong leadership within their staff as well as within the community. Their staff is very committed. Their marketing is strong especially for such a small organization.
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CounterPULSE has really strong leadership in their Executive Director and a strong staff that currently supports the Executive Director's planned sabbatical.

Great Collaborative Strategies

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CounterPULSE not only provides accessibility and accountability with the various artists they work with, but they provide great opportunities and welcomes anyone, both volunteer or otherwise to participate and enjoy each event or performance. They have wise marketing strategies such as their e-blasts. Their overwhelmingly personable social media voice helps to invigorate others in a way most other organizations do not.

Value of Space

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They have a great reputation and connection to a grassroots activist and artist communities. The subsidized rental of a great performance space is invaluable.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Better Space

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I wish for a better space for them but only when they're ready to take it on.

Increase Capacity

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It may be possible that their reach could be even broader but I am not sure. They far exceed their seat capacity, so a possible solution may be off site presenting. They could implement administrative support in order to develop smaller companies on an organizational level.

Increase Partnerships

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They could improve in the area of partnering more with the neighboring community. That is often a challenge in the SOMA/mid-market area.


Leadership

Counterpulse
Jessica Robinson Love
Executive & Artistic Director
Jessica Robinson Love has served CounterPULSE for twelve years. During that time, she has ushered CounterPULSE through a merger and relocation, expanding the organization’s budget ten-fold during her tenure as director. She designed and implemented CounterPULSE’s successful Artist in Residence program, and has curated dozens of performances and workshops. She has also served as guest curator for organizations such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Jessica is a writer, performer and political activist and her dance writing has been published in In Dance and on CriticalDance.com. She has worked in administration, production, and publicity for artists and arts organizations including Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero, Dance Through Time, and the Erika Shuch Performance (ESP) Project. Jessica served as adjunct faculty member at the New College of California where she has designed and implemented courses including “Activist Arts Synthesis”, “Arts Administration and Cultural Organizing” and “20th Century US History through the Arts.” During her tenure on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee she was responsible for curating and co-producing the annual Bay Area Dance Awards. She has served on the steering committee for San Francisco Arts Forum, the Theatre Bay Area Theatre Services Committee, the Dance/USA Emerging Leader Task Force, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Alternate ROOTS, a service and granting organization for community-based artists in the Southeastern United States. She has been the recipient of awards and scholarships from Dance/USA and the Bill T. Shannon Leadership Institute, and was the inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award for her service to the dance community, and she recently served as part of the US delegation to the International Tanzmesse in Germany.

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