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mayagurantz

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Review for CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

An EXEMPLARY organization supporting art that funders are shy about funding--meaning, the important and good stuff (the emerging, the interdisciplinary, the experimental, the queer, the challenging, and the political). I was honored to be an Artist in Residence at CounterPulse, so experienced first had how their support allowed me to take risks I otherwise can't afford to take. As a fiscal sponsee, they have helped me create more financial stability for my work. CounterPULSE is also that rare bird of an nonprofit that is organizationally and financially *functional* and *stable.* I truly believe it to be a model for how arts funding and art support should happen in this country.

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

the work they've produced, the Artist in Residence program, and the stability they have instilled in fiscal sponsees.

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

never do it as well as Jessica Robinson.

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

their structural integrity and legitimating support for experimental artists.

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

professional, committed, organized.

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

absolutely create a nationwide model for supporting emerging artists (including teaching emerging artists how to support themselves); it could make San Francisco a national center for new and important dance and performance.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continuing to grow, and getting more rigorous about raising standards of artistic excellence--while retaining their spirit and mission. Also, expanding the community of people who know about the work and participate in the work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep going!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & Artist in Residence, Fiscal Sponsee.