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Support the Women’s Film Institute: IAM Year-Ender No. 1

Friday, November 18th, 2011

[IAM’s fiscally sponsored affiliate projects use media and the arts to build community and participation. We’re showcasing a different affiliate each week through the end of the year. Please spread the word, and consider donating to support their good works.]

IAM is honored to be the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for the Women’s Film Institute — producer of the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, the Reel Women Workshops, the WFI Shorts Tour, and the Generation HERstory Media Arts Project for SF Bay Area girls.

Year-End Fundraising Goal | Donate Now
$1,500 to support film and new media programs that amplify the voices of women and girls.

Coming Up:

Meet the Amplifier

It all starts with critical facilities, organizational talent and the D.I.Y. gumption to go Set Things Right. WFI founder Scarlett Shepard (pictured at left) graduated from the film program at SF State wondering why there are so few women movie directors in the mainstream. She founded the SF Women’s Film Festival to change the status quo. Eight years later WFI has blossomed with additional workshop, film tours and youth programs.

Your Donation Will Support

  • Increased exhibition opportunities for female film directors: Over 500 films from around the world showcased since since 2005!
  • Free/low-cost screenings, events, workshops, and educational programs
  • Free/low-cost film training, mentoring and professional development programs for girls and women.
  • Community exposure to and connections with celebrities, activists, educators and notable figures in the world of film

Donate now to support the Women’s Film Institute.

Independent Arts & Media supports diverse, commercial-free media and arts projects that build community, civic participation and cultural engagement. As a fiscal sponsor, we enable these affiliate projects to receive tax-deductible donations, foundation grants, and other benefits that advance their work in the public interest. In 2012, IAM will increase the exposure and sustainability of our sponsored affiliates, by developing new promotional and fundraising services beyond the basics of fiscal sponsorship. Learn more about IAM.

Happy Hour Benefit at Tonic

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Happy Hour Benefit for Independent Arts & Media

Thursday, July 21st (5:30pm-8:00pm)

On Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm, all tips for happy-hour drinks dispensed at TONIC BAR (2360 Polk at Union Street in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood) will be donated directly to Independent Arts & Media!

The pro-am mixologists of the IAM staff and board of directors will be shaking, stirring, finessing and dispensing every variety of martini and mixed drink for TONIC customers, so belly up to the bar and join us for an alcohol-fortified celebration of IAM’s mission free-speech mission!

IAM is the fiscal sponsor of 23 independent media and culture projects in the Bay Area, including The San Francisco Public Press, Friends of KUSF (currently battling the KUSF sale before the FCC!), Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged … and many others. IAM is also the producer of the UN Plaza Arts Market, and other civic events and activities.

IAM board members will periodically MATCH your tips to double the benefit to our free-speech cause!

YOU can up the ante by also matching tips to our bartenders. Simply declare to the bar that you will match all tips for a given period of time up to $25, $50 or $100 total. Feeling bold and generous? Do a two-to-one match!

For more details, contact Independent Arts & Media, 415-738-4975, or just show up on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm at TONIC on Polk Street x Union in San Francisco

1st Annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Phono del Sol: free music and food festival debuts on Saturday, July 16th

If you enjoy great music and great food, you better plan to be in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 for the first annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival. Organized by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, this FREE, all ages, all day festival celebrates the best of San Francisco’s acclaimed independent music and food cultures, two areas of local innovation and excellence that rarely meet.

Phono del Sol features live music from six great local performers — including co-headliners Aesop Rock and Mirah, as well as Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite (Sacramento) — picked by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, and a variety of food trucks curated by Off the Grid. The festival will also have between-set DJs, tours of Tiny Telephone’s renowned studio facilities (located adjacent to the park), and much more.

The band shell at Potrero del Sol is one of the City’s hidden gems, and it’s an ideal spot to enjoy some great local music and food. So mark your calendar now and get ready for Phono del Sol!

The Bay Bridged is actively seeking volunteers to help us at Phono del Sol. For more information about how you can help this great event, e-mail volunteers@thebaybridged.c​om. Phono del Sol is actively seeking sponsors, and affordable sponsorship packages are available. To find out more about how you can show your business’s commitment to supporting local arts and culture, e-mail

Lower Polk Art Walk

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Lower Polk Art Walk Debuts

On Thursday, July 14 the Lower Polk Art Walk will debut seven new murals dotting the lower Polk St. neighborhood. The event will feature a walking tour, meetings with artists, and open studios at seven fantastic galleries.

Come on out and see the wonderful additions to the landscape!

Writers with Drinks Benefit, Saturday June 11th

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Beneficiary of Writers with Drinks Event

Our amazing friends at Other Magazine will be hosting their monthly series Writers with Drinks this Saturday, June 11th at the Make-Out Room in the Mission.

All proceeds benefit Independent Arts & Media, as well as the Center for Sex and Culture.

  • $5-$10 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds.
  • Readings begin at 7:30pm; Doors open at 6:30.
  • The Make-Out Room is located at 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA

This month’s featured artists are:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, LOST)
Daphne Gottlieb (15 Ways To Stay Alive)
K.M. Ruiz (Mind Storm)
Nick Krieger (Nina Here Nor There)
Kevin Camia (The Punch Line)

About the performers:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach created The Middleman, a comic series that became a much-loved TV show on ABC Family. He also worked as a producer on the first two seasons of Lost, and has also written for Charmed, Seaquest: DSV, Medium, Jake 2.0, Boomtown and Dark Skies. He also wrote the Marvel Comics series Annihilation: Super Skrull.

Daphne Gottlieb is the author and editor of 15 books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive. She’s also the co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words. She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of the The Village Voice’s Favorite Books of 2003, and received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice.

K.M. Ruiz is the author of Mind Storm, a post-apocalyptic book that takes place 250 years into the future, when what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend to another planet.

Nick Krieger is the author of Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. His writing has appeared in Original Plumbing and The Rumpus.

Kevin Camia performs regularly at all the Bay Area comedy clubs but considers the Punch Line as his “home club.” He’s a “joke nerd” who loves to geek out about the various formulas of joke-writing and performing.

About Writers With Drinks:

Writers With Drinks has won “Best Literary Night” from the SF Bay Guardian readers’ poll six years in a row and was named “Best Literary Drinking” by the SF Weekly. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

IAM to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!


Independent Arts & Media to be featured recipient of 10% of food sales every Monday in June at San Francisco’s exciting new restaurant Straw! Please join us for some delicious treats at this one-of-a-kind carnival themed restaurant this month and beyond!

From SFGate:

“Who wants a burger on a bun when you can get it on a doughnut? Who wants to eat sitting on a chair when you can sit in a tilt-a-whirl? Who wants to pay for the check when you can play a mid-meal game to win a free dinner?

Welcome to Straw, your new carnival-themed eating place in Hayes Valley.

Charming touches – menus bound by old children’s books’ covers, old carnival signs and a Mason-jar chandelier – get you in the mood to eat like a kid at a carnival. (Read: Bypass the healthy salad section.)”

Come out and get some delicious eats, support a wonderful new restaurant, and IAM at the same time.

Arts Market Returns to UN Plaza

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

More than a Market

The San Francisco Arts Market looks forward to its 2011 kick-off on June 16th! Since the 2010 Grand Finale day on December 16th the Market has had time to reflect and build on last year’s first annual weekly outdoor Market for arts, crafts and performance in United Nations Plaza.

With this reflection time, we asked ourselves exactly what is SF Arts Market? An obvious impression would be that it’s an outdoor Market for independent vendors to sell and market their arts, crafts and services. However, with deeper introspection we’d like to explain how the Market in UN Plaza is so much more! What, you ask? This year, the Arts Market will exist in and for the community as a performance platform for live music, dance and other performance; a public space for DIY workshops and educational opportunities; a catalyst for positive engagement culturally and economically for the mid-Market region; and a community and city-wide collaboration and partnership.

A partnership project between the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and Independent Arts & Media, both groups are working within and outside the community to realize positive change for the mid-Market region and support local artists and craft makers. With this in mind, qualified vendors can participate at the Market free of charge!

In addition to the city and nonprofit Independent Arts & Media, it takes a village to make a good thing happen. As such, the Arts Market has opened its doors to partnership and collaborative relationship opportunities to help support its success. A few groups aligned to support the Market for 2011 are the San Francisco Public Library; San Francisco Department of Public Health’s SF FIRST program; Art Institute, SF; SF Great Streets; People in Plazas; Hospitality House Community Arts Program; 24 Days of Central Market Arts, SF Travel, Off the Grid Food, Blick Art and many more. If you’re interested in participating, sponsoring, collaborating or partnering with the San Francisco Arts Market don’t hesitate to contact us!

Until then, stay tuned for further details about the launch day, June 16th. See you then!

Potential vendors, click here to get started!

Performers, contact:

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact:

Polk Street Alleys Mural Project Call for Artists

Monday, March 7th, 2011





THE POLK STREET ALLEY’S MURAL PROGRAM is funded through the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD) with a Capital Grant, is organized by the Lower Polk Neighbors and project managed by MOEWD.  These murals will focus on the historical past and present of the Polk Street Corridor and seek to represent the diverse cultural and socioeconomic populations that have lived, worked and made this street their home.

The long-term goal of this project is to engage community in artistic and cultural expression that will help establish a positive street identity, deter graffiti and thus serve as a catalyst to build neighborhood capacity and contribute to the economic vitality / revitalization of the merchant district.  Two murals will be completed during this phase.


  • Artists must be based in San Francisco
  • Selections will be made by the Mural Project Steering Committee
  • The judges and artist will meet with the community (LPN) for their input on chosen design
  • Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected
  • Finalists may be asked to provide a work portfolio
  • Interviews may be required for all finalists
  • OEWD, Art Commission sign-off may be required


Participating muralists will receive an initial stipend for required materials and a final payment upon completion of their work.  The amount will vary based upon the square footage of the mural, averaging $15-20/per sq ft and limited paint contribution from local merchants.  Non-selected finalists will also receive a $50 honorarium for their sketch and possible interview.

Artist Requirements / Design Guidelines

  • Conduct in depth research into the history of the community theme
  • Artwork must be original
  • Demonstrated experience in public exterior murals
  • Local art community involvement
  • Educational component / use of Larkin Street Youth intern
  • Submitted designs must be your artistic interpretation of the required Lower Polk Street historical theme:  (1) Transportation Hub”.  This vertical mural will be constructed on Hemlock East @ Polk, north wall.  The dimensions are 22’ Length x 18’ Width -396 Sq/ft.  The artist payment is approximately $6732.00 + paint/varnish.

Other Items to Consider

  • Artists are responsible for all materials to complete the mural in their chosen medium
  • Artists will need to supply all equipment and drop cloths
  • Scaffolding if needed, needs to be negotiated
  • Artists are responsible for applying an industry standard mural protection (Such as Precita Eyes Sheer Coat Varnish)
  • Artist will be able to hold a 1 hour  working “artist open house” once a week during the mural process to interact with  the community
  • Mural will be part of Polk Street Art Walk in conjunction with other galleries and the artist should be present at the main opening
  • This is the first installment of an ongoing Polk Street Alley beautification / mural campaign and additional property owners will be encouraged to participate
  • Initial art sketch will not be returned or used for any purpose
  • Judging will be based on design sketch and historically accurate portrayal of the Polk Street Transportation Hub thematic.  Mural will be painted on the Chevalier Bldg (once home to a cable car barn), area also had horse car lines, electric car lines, car barns and stables, gears, electric lines & automobile dealerships
  • Due to the volume of submissions, only the first 50 candidates will be considered for each mural during the application window of March 1-March 31, 2011

Terms of Agreement

  • The work submitted by the artist is original, solely owned by the artist and reproduction will not violate the rights of any third party.  The artist shall not make any additional, exact duplicate reproductions of the final design and dimension, nor shall the artist grant to a third party the right to replicate the artistic designs and dimensions of the artwork, without the permission of LPN and OEWD.
  • The artist grants the rights for final designs to be used in brochures, media, publicity, catalogs or other similar neighborhood marketing publications
  • Artist will make repairs as needed
  • The artwork is the property of the property owner and may be removed and/or destroyed at any time without notification of the artist if the property is sold and the new owner is not willing to maintain the property owner agreement
  • Artist will sign a formal work agreement



Artist or Organization Name____________________________________

Mailing Address _______________________________________________

Phone  ________________________________________________________

Website / E-mail________________________________________________

Application Checklist – For Each Mural

  • Completed Application / Artist Signature
  • Copy of Drivers License & Curriculum vitae or bio (Appendix A)
  • At least 1 separate 8 x 10 –or larger, design submission including color scheme and materials list (B)
  • Artist statement of intent, description of concept / approach-(C)
  • Answer the following 3 questions (D)
  1. What is your local art community involvement / commitment?
  2. If needed, what is your experience in mural wall preparation?
  3. How would you integrate an intern from Larkin Street Youth into your creative process?
  • Provide 3 project references (E)

Mail / Drop completed application/appendices by March 31, 2011 to:

Shell Thomas

Project Manager – MOEWD

1 DR. Carlton B. Goodlet Pl, RM. 448

San Francisco, CA 94102

Statement on the shutdown and sale of KUSF-FM

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

For Immediate Release: Download as a PDF

Date: January 18, 2011
Contact: Christine McClintock, Executive Director, 415-738-4975

The $3.75 million sale of KUSF-FM by the University of San Francisco will have a chilling effect on the culture, community and civic life of San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond.

Independent Arts & Media is the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of Friends of KUSF, a volunteer organization that advocates for KUSF-FM’s cultural, civic, community-development and First Amendment services. As such, we propose an alternative plan for the dispensation of the KUSF license and assets, and for the appropriate compensation of the University of San Francisco. (more…)

Off The Grid joins SF Arts Market

Monday, October 4th, 2010

SF Arts Market on UN Plaza invites you to celebrate 24 Days of Central Market Arts with us on October 7th, 12 Noon on UN Plaza. Join us and Off The Grid Roaming Mobile Food Service for lunch and local art.

Off the Grid is a roaming mobile food extravaganza that travels to different locations daily to serve delicious food, with a free side of amazing music, craft and soul. (more…)

SF Arts Market Debuts in UN Plaza

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010


Aug. 19: Arts Market SF debuts in UN Plaza

Participate: Vendor info, licenses, registration

Learn More: About Arts Market SF

Home Page:

Independent Arts & Media, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Blick Art Materials announce a new, open-air marketplace for local arts and culture in downtown San Francisco.

Arts Market San Francisco debuts on Thursday, August 19, in UN Plaza, and will run every Thursday thereafter from noon to 8:00 p.m. throughout this summer and autumn. An additional run during the December holiday season is also in the works.

Located at 1182 Market Street between Grove and Eighth streets, Arts Market San Francisco at UN Plaza will feature diverse arts, crafts and culture, including painting, photography, mixed media, literature, music, fashion, jewelry, toys, children’s goods, creative home and garden wares, and much more.


Local artists, artisans, fashionistas, musicians, publishers, crafts- and culture-makers, and more are all welcome to apply for a tent space at the San Francisco Arts Market!

All exhibitors must be selling work that has been handmade by local Bay Area artists. The goal of the Arts Market is to help local Bay Area arts and culture entrepreneurs as well as revitalize the arts community and cultural economy around San Francisco’s Civic Center region.
Tents will be provided and set up on the day of each Market. Exhibitors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.
Exhibitors need to hold vendor permits as issued by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
Musicians are welcome for the performance area, but must provide their own PA. There is no budget for performances, but performers are welcome to sell merchandise and promote their shows.


Circus Bella opens “Gotcha” season

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Congratulations to Indy Arts affiliate Circus Bella who opened their new season “Gotcha” at Yuerba Buena park on July 3!  Now in it’s tenth year, Circus Bella presents free outdoor programs in parks all over the Bay Area. The circus features new and returning artists performing areal acrobatics on a static trapeze, mad cap clowning, balancing feats on slack rope and rola bola, acrobatic antics, and much much more!

All performances are free with outdoor open seating.  Audiences are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic lunch for before the show.  Form more information visit Circus Bella online! Read more about Circus Bella.

Saturday, July 10
DeFremery Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
Adeline and 18th St.
star Sunday, July 11
San Francisco Sunday Streets
Harrison and 21st St., John O’Connell High School Athletic Field
San Francisco
star Friday, July 16
Studio One Art Center Open House
365 45th Street
Sunday, July 18
Dimond Neighborhood Picnic, Dimond Park
Fruitvale and Lyman Rd.