CounterPulse

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1310 Mission St San Francisco CA 94103 USA

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.
Target demographics: San Francisco Bay Area
Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,000
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Programs: 2nd Sundays is a result of CounterPULSE and Dancers’ Group teaming up to present a series of free salons where choreographers share work and dialogue with audience members and fellow artists. We see this as an exciting opportunity to advance discussion of the craft and hope you’ll join us for the conversation. The Artist in Residence and Artist Residency Commissioning Program is decade-long and highly-acclaimed residency program that has evolved in direct response to the needs of artists. It is designed to offer maximum support for experimentation and risk-taking by lifting many of the responsibilities associated with self-production. Artists receive financial support, studio space, organizational mentorship and guidance as well as engage in critical feedback processes and blogging, all towards developing new work which is shown to the public at the end of the residency. Later, select resident artist work is identified as ready to be experienced by a larger audience, and are commissioned to further develop their work into full-length premieres. The program is made possible by support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Boot Camp for Artists, taught by CounterPULSE Executive Director Jessica Robinson Love, is a much needed primer for todays working artists. Whether you’re a choreographer who’s self-producing for the first time, a director who’s ready to expand your company, an experienced artist looking to brush up on skills, or a performer looking to get a part-time job in arts administration, this crash course will give you the skills you need to kick-start your career. The boot camp includes 18 hours of instruction, plus in-person presentations by local editors and funders. Your art deserves the investment! The Fiscal Sponsorship Program is based on a model of pre-approved grant relationship. In essence, the project and CounterPULSE (sponsor) are a grantee and grantor. The sponsored project is a separate legal entity that is liable for it’s own taxes, insurance, and debts. Our sponsored projects retain intellectual property rights for all the art they create. Performing Diaspora is a festival, residency program, commissioning program, and symposium featuring dance, music, theater, media and interdisciplinary artists who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation. Shaping SF is a living archive of the city providing people with access to its lost history. Hundreds of people have contributed stories, photos, video oral histories, and more. Through our unique approach to community history, we focus mainly on labor, ecology, transit, and dissent and how they have changed the landscape of San Francisco since the 1850s. Our projects attempt to show that history is much more than Richter scales and gold rushes. Projects include, Bike Tours and a weekly TALKS series at CounterPULSE (check calendar for listings), as well as FoundSF.org an online participatory San Francisco history resource. Words First is the premiere solo performance event in San Francisco. Each month we invite the finest solo artist, comics, and storytellers to the CounterPULSE stage. Solo performance is a unique brand of theater; One person, one stage. It’s one part storytelling, one part comedy, one part drama, and 100% entertainment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

THE MOST RECENT RESOLUTION IN ART INDUSTRIES AND SUPPORT FOR OTHER ART PROGRAM IS SOLIDIFY BY THIS ETHIC OF PROGRAM DESIGNS METHOD OF IDEA RECONDITION IN FIELD OF ART BRIEFS AND CREATION IN OTHER NON PROFITS PROJECTS.

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Life-changing

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2013

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CounterPULSE deserves recognition for not only their excellent programming, history of community building and fierce support of experimental arts, but also for their commitment to pushing the field forward. The staff and board and interns stay connected to the power of people + ideas + creative collaborations.
I enjoyed learning from each contributor for the last four months. As their Program Intern, I helped with the office and administration aspects, while helping out with a few programming and marketing items.
Like a good school or community space, the culture at CounterPULSE stimulates discussion, problem-solving and an attitude of 'we can do it!'. Without this type of healthy environment, non profits may not survive in this competitive economy. I appreciate how the staff always seeks ways to improve methods of making and working. This shows a great command of leadership and strong consistent development.
One of my favorite moments while working here was attending the their special program "Performing Diaspora", where artists working in traditional or folkloric forms were commissioned to make full length feature works. I appreciated how the artists' points of view challenged and intrigued my sensibility as an artist and as a viewer. The director of CounterPULSE has a great insight on international innovation and the power of human connection speaking to many audience members. I feel lucky to have felt the heartbeat going strong at CounterPULSE.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending their events and witnessing the impact of their outreach in various communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enable them to grow their capacity by building onto their special space.

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7 people found this review helpful

CounterPULSE has been an inspiration to me as an aspiring artist and community organizer. I worked closely with Executive Director Jessica Robinson as an intern, as was continuously inspired by her passion and dedication to supporting art and activism. The entire CounterPULSE team is a dedicated a supportive group, their love of the work they do carries through to the artists and the community they support. I continue to volunteer and see shows at CounterPULSE, and work as a contractor for the 2nd Sundays program. I always miss it if I have been away too long!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support so many more artists and activists in the field, and maybe even pay the hard working staff a little more well deserved income!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

CounterPULSE is a fierce advocate for artists as valued cultural workers and activists as community leaders. You could flip all those words around and it would still all be true. CounterPULSE's dedicated staff, board and community are actively supporting and creating engaged cultural discourse through arts and activism in the SF Bay Area and beyond. In 2005 I was a resident artist and in 2008 CounterPULSE co-presented my work in the San Francisco International Arts Festival. CounterPULSE's staff, board, volunteers and especially ED Jessica Robinson Love did a crazy brilliant job that allowed me to focus on my artistic work in a way that is rare in our culture. Thank You is simply an understatement.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they are so together!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent, kind, attentive, passionate!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

more deeply follow its work to support arts projects, activist projects, arts activism, and activist art! It would be amazing for CounterPULSE to have a larger/multiple spaces, and a real cafe/bar/gallery space to encourage conversation!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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CounterPULSE is one of the main reasons I am still making work as a choreographer. I had the honor and privilege of being an artist in residence there in the winter of 2008/2009. The generous support and encouragement that I received revived my inspiration to keep choreographing. CounterPULSE supports artists to push their own boundaries and supports risk taking. Their commitment to supporting the artistic process through the work in progress showings that accompany the Artist in Residence and Performing Diaspora programs really provides the constructive feedback which helps an artist see their work from a different lens. It is a space that is an absolute joy to both present work and to see work. The over all programming at CounterPULSE truly represents the cultural diversity of the bay area in every sense. Being an artist in residence there was one of the most positive and productive experiences I have had as a choreographer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The over all unity and positive attitude among the staff makes it an absolute pleasure to perform there as well as be a member of the audience.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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9 people found this review helpful

CounterPULSE is a remarkable community space for performance and other creative work. With a passionate and talented staff who do a wonderful job curating exemplary artists, CounterPULSE acts as an incubator for new work, launching new careers and projects. Their track record is exceptional - artists who have started as "unknowns" at CounterPULSE have gone on to prestigious careers in dance, theater and visual arts. The organization itself is stable and well-managed. The very talented Executive Director, Jessica Robinson Love, leads a terrific staff of professionals, interns and volunteers to accomplish great things on a very small budget.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Uniformly excited about the work they do, taking great pride in the accomplishments of both the organization and the performers.

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About every month

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2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

CounterPulse continues to serve as a model for how other small to midsize performing arts presenters can not only thrive but function as an inspirational home for both audiences and artists. CounterPulse rocks it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the incredible, tireless support of their fearless leader Jessica Robinson Love.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the connection it has made for me both to other artists and to new audience members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide greater financial support for art making.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

CounterPULSE provides a wide array of artists with a platform for developing, sharing and presenting really exciting new works. It plays an important role in supporting emerging artists in the SF area. With this support, artists are able to really shine. Plus, they have an unbeatable dance performance space that's huge and intimate at the same time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and responsive. A wonderful group of people to represent a wonderful organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

CounterPULSE is wonderful. I was an intern over the summer and loved it so much, that when the internship was over, I applied for another position. I was so lucky to find CounterPULSE, not only for the programs that they offer, the performance space and great shows, but also because of the incredible people who work and volunteer there. It is a very important part of the artist community in San Francisco.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

further develop programs that support local and emerging artists in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The AIR program, Performing Diaspora, Boot Camp for artists, etc...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I was an Artist in Residence at CounterPULSE and without their support I would not be at the level in my career as an artist that I am today. They took a risk on accepting me, a relatively new choreographer, and gave me all the necessary resources to launch my first production in a theater, not at a wedding or cultural event, as I was used to. CounterPULSE gave me space to rehearse free of charge, a budget for technicians and costumes, as well as money to pay the artists I worked with, 3 nights of shows in their theater with their staff free of charge, and 1/4 of the box office. Their staff also did the marketing and publicity for the show, allowing us to free our time to work on the performance itself without being bogged down by administrative work. I have never worked in such a supportive environment and I fully believe that CounterPULSE is a vital incubator for new and cutting edge art in the Bay Area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my growth as an artist and my confidence in the work I create.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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